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Laser Therapy for Hair Restoration
Used extensively in Europe and the Far East for over thirty years, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been the subject of over 2,500 scientific papers published worldwide. To date, there have been no reported adverse side effects to the therapy. Practitioners are recommending laser therapy more than ever before in response to North American patients who are increasingly willing to try less expensive and less invasive alternative treatments. Low level laser therapy is a non-invasive, non-toxic modality that has many potential benefits.
Uses of Lasers in Medicine
Lasers have been used in medicine since their invention for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions. There are two types of medical lasers: high power and low power. High power lasers are most familiar to us, as they are used to cut or burn tissue (Lasik, skin resurfacing, and laser hair removal). Low level lasers, on the other hand, are used to stimulate tissue repair though a process of photobiostimulation without any associated burning, sensation, or any other sensation.
What is Low Level Laser Light?
Low –level laser light is compressed light of a wavelength from the cold, red part of the visible spectrum. It is different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (travels in straight line), monochromatic (a single wavelength) and polarized (its beam ‘vibrates’ in a single plane of orientation). These properties allow low level laser light to penetrate the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no damage to the skin and no known side effects. Rather, laser light directs biostimulative light energy to the body’s cells, which then convert it to chemical energy, which may then have such beneficial effects as promoting natural healing as well as pain relief.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low-level laser therapy is the application of red ad near infrared light over areas of the body in order to affect cellular metabolism and cellular processes. Low-level therapy uses ‘cold’ (non-thermal) lasers to direct biostimulative light energy into the body’s cells without injuring or damaging them in any way. The therapy is precise and accurate, and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. The investigation of low level laser therapy in the treatment of hair loss began in the 1960’s when wounds on mice were treated with LLLT unexpectedly grew back hair that was thicker and healthier than normal.
How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of harmless, non-thermal protons of light. Light is transmitted through the skins layers (dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the spectrum. Certain wavelengths improve the energy metabolism of the treated cells, depending on treatment parameters. Generally you will treat the desired areas with LLLT for around 30 minutes, every other day to maximize cellular regrowth.
At Enfuse, we offer an in house treatment and also can provide Laser Cap to patients interested in ordering the device for at home use. Cap runs 3,000 dollars for in home use and can be purchased through us at Enfuse.
Can I use Laser Therapy in conjunction with Propecia, Minoxidil, or other treatments?
Laser Therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment regimen or in conjunction with FDA approved medications. Laser Therapy has also been shown to accelerate healing and decrease discomfort after hair transplant surgery.