♦ Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a non-surgical option for stabilizing hair loss. It slows down the hair loss progression, stimulates hair growth and helps with re-growth of new hair. It is a great option for those who have thinning hair or are not a candidate for hair transplant. It can be used alongside topical treatments, PRP sessions, microneedling or as a standalone treatment.
♦ Low level laser therapy is also called light therapy, cold laser, soft laser or biostimulation.
Laser therapy used for hair loss treatment depends on devices that emit a light that can penetrate the scalp. Excimer (308 nm), helium-neon (632.8 nm), and fractional erbium-glass (1550 nm) lasers have been used. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) uses devices with diodes that emit red light (wavelength 630-670 nanometers), or infrared radiation, available as:
♦ in-salon hoods or overhead panels
♦ bonnet or head caps
♦ hand-held devices.
We promote the usage of the Capillus® 272 laser cap which contains 272 diode lasers (more than 20x that of a laser comb). This “cap” fits inside any baseball cap and it is discreet. This is a safe and effective treatment for androgenic alopecia(hair loss due to genetics). Studies have been conducted and proven that LLLT with the FDA approved Capillus® 272 that there is over 50% increase of hair growth with a 17 week use of the laser cap with reduction of hair loss.
Low level laser therapy and laser treatments are intended for men and women with thinning hair or pattern baldness caused by a hereditary condition. We use a system known as the Norwood-Hamilton Classification (men) and the Ludwig-Savin Scale (women) to describe the degree of hair loss. Low level laser therapy is intended for promotion of hair growth in males who have Norwood Hamilton Classifications of IIa to V and in females who have Ludwig (Savin) I-4, II-1, II-2, or frontal patterns of hair loss and have Fitzpatrick skin phototypes I to IV.
The hair growth cycle consists of three phases: growth (anagen phase), resting (telogen phase) and shedding (catagenphase). Hair loss in androgenetic alopecia depends on a testosterone derivative in the skin, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Low level laser therapy and laser treatments are believed to increase blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogenfollicles, resulting in the production of anagen hair. In theory: ♦ The photons of light act on cytochrome C oxidase leading to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This is converted to cyclic AMP in the hair follicle cells, releasing energy and stimulating metabolic processes necessary for hair growth. ♦ Release of nitric oxide from cells leads to increased vascularisation to the scalp distributing nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots. ♦ Excessive build-up of DHT is prevented.
Physicians have varying views on whether or not low level laser therapy is effective. While some physicians reject laser treatments entirely, others believe that low level laser therapy can provide benefit for some men and women suffering from androgenic alopecia hair loss (genetic baldness). It has also been suggested that it may assist a hair transplant patient’s postoperative wound healing process and expedite hair growth.
It is important to keep your expectations realistic. Laser treatments are not a cure for baldness and only works on hair growth as long as you are in treatment. This is most effective in those with mild to moderate hair loss. You may have an initial period of hair shedding before any results are seen. Shedding is a sign that the treatment is working.