There are many causes of hair loss and thinning hair; most commonly age and genetic predisposition to hair loss. Regardless of what is causing your hair loss, one thing is for certain – no one wants to consider the possibility of going bald or having a receding hair line. Many people consider their hair to be their “crowning glory” and can’t bear the idea of hair loss. Luckily, there have been improvements in combating hair loss through the use of laser therapy.

Revolutionary Technology for Hair Loss

Laser hair loss treatment is a revolutionary technology that utilizes a specific type of light from a laser to stimulate the re-growth of hair. This laser therapy utilizes red spectrum light to penetrate deeply into the hair follicle and stimulate the blood supply – which encourages hair re-growth. There are several types of laser treatment systems designed to restore hair loss, including:

  • In-office laser treatments – these types of laser treatments usually utilize a dome-shaped device to emit low energy laser light to the scalp, which is thought to work by encouraging red blood cell growth, and in turn stimulating hair re-growth and cell regeneration. In office treatments may also include the use of a laser comb (although this device has been approved for in-home use as well) and works on the same principle above, using low energy laser technology.
  • Handheld laser device – works similarly to the laser comb, uses the technology of the laser comb, but is used at home. This device is usually used in conjunction with the in-office laser treatments.

All of these devices are FDA approved technologies specifically for hair re-growth. Typically, these technologies should be used in conjunction with hair re-growth products such as prescription medications or over-the-counter applications.

Results from Laser Hair Re-growth Treatments

Hair re-growth with laser therapy typically produces results within the first six to twelve weeks; however each individual has differing patterns to hair growth and some people will take longer to see results. The average time for laser therapy also varies by individual. Usually, though, most people need several treatments while simultaneously using topical treatment or medication. Sometimes laser light therapy is recommended following a hair transplant.

Good Candidates for Laser Hair Therapy

Candidates for laser hair therapy include those with genetic hair loss, a dry scalp, hair loss for less than five years, have less than a four inch-wide hair loss pattern, and those experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy, hormonal changes or illness.

Laser hair therapy improves the look of your hair by strengthening the hair cuticle and stimulating the hair follicle. Your hair will look fuller and shinier, and will be better able to accept hair treatments following the end of laser hair therapy.

Tips for Combating Hair Loss with Laser Hair Therapy

Alternative therapies are available, either for use with the laser hair loss therapy or alone. These alternative therapies include diet changes, stress control, meditation, relaxation, acupuncture and herbal or natural supplements.

Choosing Laser Hair Therapy

So, how do you choose the right laser therapy for hair loss? There are many web sites that detail the various laser treatment options and clinics available in your area. Be sure to interview several clinics before selecting one. Discuss the options available to you, and what types of treatment will be the most effective for you.

Most of the clinicians who offer laser hair therapy will be able to provide you with a portfolio of “before and after” shots of patients who have been successful with the treatments. By researching the options that are available for laser hair therapy in your area, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision.

Brian Johnson MD

Brian Johnson MD

Dr. Brian Johnson is a professor of dermatology. He has conducted numerous research studies about hair loss and it's effects on the human psyche. Dr. Johnson has written for Maclean's, Motherboard, the National Post, and the Huffington Post.
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