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Does Laser Therapy for Hair Loss REALLY Work?

If you have been dealing with thinning hair or hair loss, your search for solutions has likely led you to several companies’ websites that make strong claims that they have treatments or products to regrow your hair. You’ve also probably come across information about treatments that can actually reverse hair loss, while downplaying the side effects or ingredients that can irritate the scalp or cause other health concerns.

You should know and take comfort in the fact that laser hair therapy is not only an effective non-surgical hair loss treatment but is also the only one of three hair loss treatments approved by the FDA.

Laser hair therapy is recognized as an option for both men and women with certain types of hair loss. Usually, this treatment works best for those who are seeking to grow hair and slow the hair loss process. Laser hair treatment is often referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), a soft laser, red light therapy, cold laser, and/or bio-stimulation.

If you are a man one sign of this could be that you notice a receding hairline or vertex baldness. If you are a woman then you may experience hair loss that is diffused or thinning of hair all over the scalp.

In this article, we want to shed some light on several factors that may indicate whether laser hair therapy could work for you.

Do Laser Hair Treatments Work for all Hair Loss Sufferers?

Not everyone with hair loss will benefit from laser hair therapy, and therefore it is important to consult with a hair loss specialist before you spend money and time on a treatment or a home-use device.

The goal of a hair loss professional is to make sure that at the end of the day, you are happy with your hair. Laser hair therapy is used as a treatment for those with hair loss that is caused by genetics, such as male/female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic/androgenic alopecia and chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

Who is a Good Fit for Laser Hair Therapy Treatments?

At Christoffels Hair Restoration, we speak daily to men and women to assess their chances of success in regrowing their hair or slowing their hair loss. Laser hair therapy cannot revive dead hair follicles, so unfortunately, completely bald areas don’t respond well to treatment.

There has been some success in treating individuals with hair loss due to an illness like postpartum hair loss, or post-menopausal hair loss.

How Long Does It Take for Noticeable Results?

Studies that have been conducted have shown that laser hair therapy treatments show results after different periods of time. This time differs for each individual. On average, patients can see results around 20 to 26 weeks after starting treatments. With that being said, the results on varying areas of the scalp can also differ. A treatment might work well in one area of the scalp but not as much in another. This highlights the importance of committing to routine treatments.

Consistency is Key for Success

When using non-invasive and painless laser hair therapy for hair loss or scalp treatments, it’s very important that you stay on top of your laser therapy sessions. This treatment can be performed at a salon by a professional trained in its application or at home with a home device.  If you receive your treatment at our studio, using our slightly stronger lasers, It is recommended you do them 2-3 times a week to expose the scalp to light-emitting diodes under an overhead laser unit. If you prefer the “at home” method of using a laser cap, you should do the treatment daily. The earlier you begin therapy, the greater your chances are for success. To get the results you want, talk to a hair loss specialist to learn the cause of your hair loss, the type of hair loss, and the best methods for restoring your hair which may include laser hair therapy. This treatment method is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so talking with a professional is best so you know exactly what you can expect.

Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers.


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