About Low-Level Laser Therapy for Treatment of Hair Loss
Low level light treatment is an option that has been used for those who are suffering from male & female pattern hair loss. Laser red light has been shown to be effective in stimulating and energizing the cells within the hair follicle.
In 1966, Hungarian physician Endre Mester first published an experiment in which he observed accelerated hair growth in rats treated with laser therapy, making alopecia the first legitimate therapeutic indication for laser therapy. Recently LLLT (low-level laser treatment) has gained acceptance in treating hair loss as evidence from clinical trials and successful patient cases have validated the therapy.
Though it has been used for over a decade… in the last few years, low-level light therapy has finally gained mass acceptance by the foremost physicians in the field of hair restoration, including world-renowned physicians who are both leaders and members of prestigious industry organizations such as the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Low-level light therapy (LLLT) has been used since the 1960s to treat various medical conditions such as alopecia, chronic ulcers, and chronic pain, headaches, musculoskeletal, and neuropathic pain without major adverse side effects. Each of these applications is based on the biological effects of photobiomodulation in living organisms.
Low-level light therapy was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007 for the treatment of mild to moderate male pattern hair loss for a laser comb device designed to re-grow hair. The problem with a laser comb device is that it is not practical in application, which leads to improper adherence of instructions for use and thus less than optimal results in non-clinical use. The emergence of the Capillus laser therapy cap revolutionized the use of laser – making patient compliance and application easy.
LLLT for hair loss using red light lasers has been reported to:
- Increase cell metabolism and the health of blood vessels in the scalp for thicker, supple and more durable hair shafts
- Stimulate the sebaceous glands for silkier-looking hair
- Increase melanin production in the hair follicles, darkening gray hairs.