Low Level Laser Therapy For Hair

Low Level Laser Therapy For Hair
Low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive, low-power light source with therapeutic benefits. The treatment may help stimulate hair growth in those experiencing androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss) and alopecia areata.

You probably have questions about how the procedure works. First, hair has its own "inner clock", which tells it when to grow and fall out. 

Hair follicles in the scalp have a cycle of growth and shedding. Each hair shaft has three layers: the epicuticle (outer layer), the cortex (middle layer) and the medulla (inner layer). Hairs will grow for about six months and then undergo a process called telogen. Each hair goes through this process between 100-150 times during its lifetime, which ultimately results in three sets of fine hairs growing from your scalp at a time. During each telogen phase, there is no hair growth activity. This is normal, and the hair does not fall out.

Low-level laser therapy has the potential to disrupt this natural hair cycle. A "temporary" increase in hair growth and/or a decrease in hair shedding can result, although these effects can be inconsistent. The medical community isn't clear on whether the effects are short-term for hair follicles that have been stimulated by laser treatment or long-term for those that have not received any treatment. Therefore it's important to discuss with your physician before you start using a low-level laser.

This article did a great job of explaining what low-level laser therapy is and how it works. It also gives you a good idea of why you may want to use low-level laser therapy. If you have questions about this treatment, please feel free to comment or contact us.

Why Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-level laser light is used as a noninvasive hair loss treatment for preventing and treating hair loss and improving the growth of new hair.

What is Hair Loss?

When you lose a lot of hair, it may cause baldness. Hair loss can occur in men or women because of genetic conditions, diseases as a risk factor for cancer or other reasons. It can also be caused by hormone imbalances, hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause, excessive stress and nutritional deficiencies. There are different types of hair loss: Androgenetic alopecia (AGA),
Alopecia areata (AA),
Scarring alopecia and Traction alopecia.

The effects of hair loss on the self-esteem
The causes of hair loss are many:
Men are more susceptible to hair loss than women because they have twice the "follicle density" as women.

Hair cycles are activated by hormones. If you have a hormone imbalance, then there will be a decrease in the follicles' ability to produce hair and an increase in shedding. A temporary increase in growth or decrease in shedding can be caused by low-level laser therapy.

If you have "male hormone" testosterone, your hair strands may appear thicker than normal, and you may experience a temporary (3-6 months) increase in your scalp follicle size and number.

If you have "female hormone" estrogen, hair growth should slow down.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your body may produce more estrogen than normal.

Stress
The effects of stress on hair are different for some people than others. Suppose you have to deal with a stressful event, such as the death of a loved one or divorce. In that case, it may temporarily disrupt the production of hormones and cause some individuals to experience temporary hair loss. The effect on your hair is temporary, and it will grow back within a few months after the event has passed. Stress can also cause a decrease in blood circulation, which affects the skin and scalp follicles and causes shedding.
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