Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a safe form of light treatment being used to treat the genetic forms of hair loss common in men and women, androgenetic alopecia or pattern balding. Common names for the low level laser are cold laser, soft laser, quantum healing laser, and therapeutic laser. There are also various types of lasers based on certain technology and research, such as the Scalar wave laser.
Hair loss can be a very discouraging and frustrating experience for men and women. Conditions like androgenetic alopecia is known to affect 40% of women and 70% of men at some age in their lifetime. Hairline recession and balding are common amongst men, while women face hair thinning over the top of their scalps. Surgical options like hair transplantation and therapy involving minoxidil and finasteride are recommended for pattern balding. Fortunately, safer alternatives like LLLT is now largely available. Lasers like Excimer (308 nm), helium-neon (632.8 nm), and fractional erbium-glass (1550 nm) are commonly used in laser therapy, however with LLLT a device with diodes that emit red light(630-670 nm) are available as salon-hoods, head caps or hand-held devices. The HairMax® LaserComb (Lexington International LLC, USA) claims to be the only laser phototherapy device to be given 501(k) clearance to market by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia and promotion of hair growth in men in 2007 and in women in 2011. Battery-powered models have 7, 9 or 12 beams of red light that pass through the teeth of a comb.
Like any other therapeutic device, LLLT has it’s share of criticism. Trials of LLLT have been criticized as being anecdotal individual reports of the use of the devices appearing as disappointing and not being independent. While most believe that LLLT can benefit for some men and women with androgenic alopecia. Many have even suggested that LLLT may very well assist in post-operative wound healing process and expedite hair growth for a hair transplant patient. 103 out of 122 women that were treated with LLLT for pattern alopecia showed positive results with increased hair density.
The benefits of LLLT include it’s versatility of use on men and women, no reported adverse effects, painless and neat, inexpensive, minimal time commitment, portability, improvement reported in 12 to 26weeks of use.
LLLT can be administered at our clinic www.baruchhairlossclinic.co.uk 25 minute sessions, once per week are recommended. Massages and treatments that promote blood circulation are advised.