Laser Therapy for Hair Loss
Recently, a new solution was found for people who have the condition of hair loss. It was in the form of a non-surgical treatment called low-level laser therapy. In truth, this technology is not so new. The technology was already being applied in other areas, such as chronic pain management, among others. What the doctors noticed back then was that as it helped the patients with their specific problems, it had the side effect of causing hairs to increase in growth. Cancer was seen as what could result from using this kind of laser on humans. To ascertain this, a low level laser was used on mice, which instead had more hair growing where the laser had landed. It was an accidental discovery that would not be seen as useful until much later.
Unfortunately, there has never been a distinct explanation of how low-level laser therapy can increase people’s hair growth rates. There is some speculation that points towards the idea that this therapy can increase the amount of blood flowing to the specific area being treated. Others say it is the transfer of energy from light right to the cells of the hair that ends up increasing the hair growth rate. Another thing to note is that this therapy will not work in an area that has gone completely bald. You will also have to be on regular therapy to ensure the effects are constant.
There are two variants of the low-level laser products. You have one that is made safe for home use. This one has made it safe for people to stay at home and still take their treatments. Its only problem is that it will lack optimum intensity and optimum coverage, when compared to the other type. The other type, on the other hand has been designed to be used in an office setting. It has a lot more energy and coverage. You will however need to keep going back to the office for treatments. But there is yet to emerge a clear winner in terms of performance.
Low level laser therapy has been found to be good for patients who suffer from androgenic alopecia, irrespective of the fact that they are men or women. Unfortunately, this treatment is not good enough to treat cases of already complete baldness. It is good for thinning hair. There are distinct procedures to both type of therapy. And as much as there is no clear winner, they are both helpful in what they were designed to do.