If I start laser therapy will I have to keep using it? I am a 39-year-old woman and my hair loss is embarrassing. Is there any way that laser therapy can have a permanent result or is it like using minoxidil, when you stop the treatments you lose your hair?
Dr. Friedman’s Answer:
Low-level laser therapy is very effective as long as you continue to expose the follicles of the scalp to the laser. We require every other day exposure or regimen to the scalp to keep the hair follicles from miniaturizing.
Unfortunately, the hair follicle has a memory and if one stops using low-level laser, within 2 to 3 weeks they will start to notice a reversal of what they were able to garner with laser therapy.
In that regard laser therapy is similar to minoxidil in that the procedure must be maintained on an every other day regimen to maintain the cosmetic advantages.
— Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon