Laser Therapy for Hair Loss
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is an FDA cleared non-surgical treatment for men and women experiencing hair loss. The low level lasers are called “soft” or “cold” lasers since they do not emit heat, sound, or vibration. Unlike surgical lasers that either vaporize or burn tissue, low level lasers do not generate heat or cause tissue injury.
Laser therapy works by increasing blood flow to the scalp, which is how minoxidil works, but LLLT does it better and in less time.
The following benefits have been reported form Low Level Laser Therapy:
• Increases blood supply to the scalp.
• Stimulates and accelerates hair growth.
• Improves the health of skin cells
• Stops the progression of hair loss.
• Increases hair strength and elasticity.
• Fuller, shinier, softer, thicker hair.
• Stops the progression of hair loss in 85% of patients
• Repairs and improves hair shaft quality
Low Level Laser Therapy has been extremely successful for women experiencing Female Pattern Hair Loss. Unlike males, who bald, females typically see a diffuse pattern of scalp hair loss. As long as there are miniaturized, residual hairs present, there is a very good chance of reversing the miniaturization and stopping future hair loss.
As with most nonsurgical treatments for hair loss, LLLT requires continuing treatments to maintain the improvements. Maintenance could involve once per week treatments in the Scottsdale office, or using the Capillus 272 laser cap which is available through our office.
Candidates: Although women often make the best candidates for Low Level Light Therapy Hair Restoration, some men can benefit from LLLT as well. This type of laser hair therapy only restores life to miniaturized, dying hairs – called vellus hairs – by increasing blood flow to the follicle and rescuing it from its final stages before it disappears forever. The hair shaft of these vellus hairs, and others, will become thicker, and stronger. Once the health of these hairs is improved, they are more able to resist permanent hair loss.
Low Level Light Therapy will not work on men or women whose hair loss is progressed to the point where there is smooth skin baldness where no follicles or vellus hairs are present.
The Capillus 272 laser cap is a special device available through our office that combines low level light therapy and portability and convenience. The light source is transmitted through a hermetically sealed dome that fits inside a baseball cap or hat and is worn 30 minutes every other day. The Capillus cap is the top LLLT choice for most of our clients. Maintenance involves wearing the Capillus 272 thirty (30) minutes every other day.
The Capillus 272 has been cleared by the Food and Drug Admininstration by a 510(k) for the promotion of hair regrowth in adult men and women with androgenic alopecia (AGA) having Ludwig Savin classifications I-II or Norwood Hamilton classifications of IIa-V and Fitzpatrick Classification of Skin phototypes I-IV.
Benefits for Patients:
• Completely portable and easy to use.
• Hands free. Comfortably fits inside almost any hat.
• Convenient and discreet.
• Use at home, while walking, driving or anywhere.
• No weekly trips back to the doctor’s office are necessary.
• Compatible with other hair loss therapies.