What is photobiomodulation, and can it be effective in treating male and female hair loss? It’s a valid question, especially with so much online buzz surrounding the subject of laser hair restoration. The idea that laser therapy could somehow reverse the signs of balding seems too futuristic and flimsy to be reality. Studies indicate otherwise, however.
Below, we explore the technology, theory, and results achieved by low level laser therapy devices designed to treat hair loss.
LLHT for Hair Loss
Low level hair therapy (LLHT) is a hair loss treatment option that implements the use of safe, cool-to-the-touch lasers to reawaken dormant hair follicles. In medicine, this type of laser therapy is more broadly defined as phototherapy. Phototherapy has a wide range of medical applications, including the treatment of arthritis, lower back pain, and wound healing, among others.
More About Photobiomodulation
Given the correct application, LLHT devices are known to have an effect on the body that causes cells to act. Medical researchers believe this action is the result of a simple process: Laser light energizes the cells, and the cells respond by utilizing the energy. This process is thought to cause biological changes to both the cells and the surrounding tissue. The term photobiomodulation is used to explain those chemical and physical changes.
Treating Hair Loss
The study of photobiomodulation and hair loss is new; indeed, much needs to be explored before researchers can know exactly why low level laser therapy (LLLT) is effective in treating male and female hair loss. There are a couple hypotheses that might help to explain this phenomenon, however:
1. LLLT devices stimulate chemical reactions within the cells of the hair follicle, causing essential cells to reproduce and become re-engaged in the hair growth cycle.
2. Laser therapy devices extend the life of individual cells within the hair follicles, reprogramming them to support healthy hair growth.
Learn More About LLHT
The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer safe, convenient options for low level hair therapy (LLHT). Readers are invited to learn more about the Capillus272® personal-use hair laser online, or call our clinic to schedule a hair loss evaluation with a professional at 305-925-0222.