Does Laser Hair Regrowth Technology Actually Work?
For some of us it starts with shedding, for others it is the dreaded bald patch, and for many it seems that going bald is the inevitable. With hair transplants costing upwards of £2000 without guaranteed results, for many the situation seemed hopeless. That was until, the development of laser hair regrowth technology. Able to target thinning hair and balding patches, could this innovative technology change the hair loss game?
THE TECHNOLOGY – HOW DOES IT WORK?
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) is an FDA approved treatment, that was discovered by chance. It uses Low-Level Lasers and LED (light emitting diodes) to stimulate and penetrate the scalp, with minimal risk and side effects. Research indicates that the LLLT is absorbed into our cells and enhanced cellular activity is triggered.
By exposing the balding areas to a low-level laser, the hair follicle is stimulated to re-enter the anagen (growth) phase within the hair cycle.
LLLT prolongs the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle, meaning more growth over a longer period of time.
LLLT works to increase the blood flow to exposed areas of the scalp, encouraging the hair to grow to cover these areas.
By increasing the activity of adenosine triphosphate (APT) in the subcutaneous tissue, LLLT works to supply the hair follicle with oxygen and nutrients, preventing further hair loss.
WHO CAN BE TREATED?
LLLT is suitable for both men and women. In America, it is regularly used to treat those with androgenetic alopecia – pattern hair loss.
Similarly, those who are in the initial stages of balding will find great results with LLLT.
LLLT is great for those who are shedding hair at a greater rate than they are growing it, it will help to make hair thicker and stronger.
All that is required for LLLT to work, is the hair follicle. The only downside therefore, is that it cannot help those who are already completely bald, as the hair follicles are no longer there, meaning they cannot be stimulated and therefore cannot grow.
Studies show that LLLT can also be used to support those who have lost their hair through chemotherapy with a 2.6x increase in hair counts found.
IS IT THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR ME?
If you are suffering from hair loss, chances are you have already been looking for a solution. There are other options available and it is important to choose the one that is best for yourself.
Hair transplants are another option. The upside to a hair transplant is that – you may only need one, as opposed to regular treatments.
The downsides? Well it’s pretty painful, as Brian McFadden (Westlife singer, pictured right) shows us.
A transplant requires downtime and you will have scabbing.
Additional risks are swelling, bleeding, numbness, keloid scarring and thinning of pre-existing hair.
For women, it is often not possible to achieve good results through a hair transplant. A hair transplant requires healthy, strong follicles which can be found (in men) at the back of the head, however for women these hairs are usually weaker and have been damaged over time with products and dyes etc.
Hair tattoos are another recent invention. This is the idea of tattooing the scalp with hair strokes to create the appearance of thicker hair. However, the main downside to this treatment is simple – there is NO more hair there than before.
Also, these tattoos will fade and will need to be retouched, another point to consider is that this method will require a high pain threshold and can cause redness, pain and bleeding.
LLLT unlike the other 2 options is painless with minimal risk. However, it does require a course of treatments to see drastic and long lasting results, therefore it is advisable that you consider purchasing a block of treatments (12-36), though you should always discuss this with your practitioner before starting your hair growth journey.
Have you tried LLLT or any other hair regrowth technologies? We would love to hear you stories.. Let us know in the comments!