Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-chemical, side-effect free option for those with hair loss and hair thinning. Does Laser Therapy actually work? What are the mechanisms of low level laser therapy on the scalp and hair follicle. Are there any adverse effects?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been used for wound healing, pain control, lipolysis, anti-inflammatory properties and more. The mitochondrial-based cytochrome-c-oxidase molecule in the electron transport chain accepts the photon which then causes a cascade of events leading to increased ATP production and more.
Over time, when hair follicles that are producing weak, thin, wispy hair are exposed to significant doses of LLLT at regular intervals improvement in hair quality can be seen and measured.
As the delivery of LLLT has become easier for patients (portable) and more powerful over time due to the decreasing cost of laser-diodes, results have improved.
Old-style hand-held devices are relatively weak and many head-worn units contain weak non-laser, non-coherent LED's.
Newer devices like the cordless, rechargeable, 100% hands-free, discreet LaserCap and the hand-held Nutreve personal laser are making it easier for patients to achieve the results they seek.
LaserCap contains 224 diodes at 5mw in a paper-thin circuit board that is sized to fit underneath a standard baseball hat, bandana or scarf. It's rechargeable battery pack makes it the most powerful, portable device available for hair loss patients. 30 min every other day.
Nutreve's Personal Laser, hand-held rechargeable 35 diode unit contains the most diodes of any hand-held on the market today. 20 minutes over one area every other day.
Patients can see thicker, fuller and healthier hair within a few months of use but it does not reverse severe baldness where depletion of hair follicle density has already occurred.
Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D.