Thinning hair can be one of the most distressing changes of aging, affecting half of all men, and roughly 25% of women. There are many causes for thinning hair, including genetic and hormonal factors. As a result, there are many different treatment options available. One of the latest breakthroughs is Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy can be administered in-office or at home using various hats and helmets. It can be a useful adjunctive treatment for many patients.
Laser Therapy uses “low-level laser therapy” (LLLT), to stimulate the health of the hair follicles, resulting in healthier, thicker hair follicles. As the natural hair loss process occurs, individual hair follicles become thinner, shorter and weaker, providing less scalp coverage. With low-level laser therapy, the energy provided by the laser diodes is absorbed by the scalp which stimulates cellular respiration (increased energy production and circulation), reduces inflammation (which is believed to contribute to hair loss) and promotes release of toxins. The strength of the arrector pili muscles (the muscles connected to the hair follicles at the base) is also increased, providing increased support. As the health of the hair follicles improves, the thickness of the hair gradually increases.
As with all hair loss treatments, the earlier you start treatment the better. LLLT works to restore the health and thickness of thinning hairs, but cannot bring back any lost hair follicles.
For the first few months, the beneficial changes occur at the cellular level as the new follicles are improving. Visible changes to the hair start around six months and continue to improve. The life cycle of a growing hair follicle is three-six years. As the original hairs fall out, the new, healthier hairs replace them leading to a gradual and ongoing improvement in the thickness and appearance of your hair. Please schedule a consultation to discuss the possible benefits of LLLT and which delivery device would be best for you.