Low level laser therapy or LLLT is a recent innovation to prevent hair loss. Although the use of laser therapy has been around for awhile now in dental practices, dermatology clinics and used in many other settings, use of this low level laser application (now approved for a hand held portable laser device that can be used in the home or on vacation) is now FDA approved for hair regrowth. The laser hair therapy device or brush has been shown to stimulate living hair follicles into growing stronger, healthier, shinier hair. It is the perfect choice to treat those who are just beginning to lose hair or who know by their family pattern that hair loss is in their future. Unlike oral medications or drugs, LLLT is safe for both men and women. Unlike surgery, the procedure is noninvasive and painless. The success of laser therapy depends on the cause of your hair loss. To find out if it’s right for you, research is always key.
Investigate the Causes of Your Hair Loss
Do you have hair loss or just cyclical shedding? Before you spend time and money on any treatment to prevent hair loss, you should know that some daily hair loss is normal (up to about 100 hairs per day) so evaluate yourself over a period of time before making or getting a diagnosis. When hair does not grow back or comes out in patches then it is time to treat it. There are many available resources on the topic found in books, a respected medical website, positive outcomes of friends, or your doctor. Visiting your doctor and letting him or her diagnose your condition and overall health is a good idea before deciding whether hair loss therapy is a good choice for you.
New Technology for Hair Loss Treatment
In the past you would have to find a hair loss clinic that administers low level laser therapy treatments. Your doctor usually does not perform this service, and will probably recommend taking medications such as Monoxidil or Finasteride. Medications can cause serious side effects and cannot be used by all people. Hair transplant surgery is also risky as it is an invasive surgery and sometimes requires a little ‘downtime” for the procedure. Hair pieces or wigs are a method of choice for some people and some conditions (alopecia totalis), but most of us prefer the more natural look of our own hair. Color sprays or spray thickeners not only look “fake” but come off on clothing or headrests and fool no one.
Low level laser therapy is becoming the treatment of choice and is usually and best used in a system or in conjunction with the appropriate vitamins, scalp cleansers, conditioners, and water treatment. The good news is that we usually are in the habit of taking vitamins anyway and shampooing and conditioning our hair, so those items can just be substituted with ones that work best with the laser therapy. Water can be conditioned with a water filter hooked to your shower head to remove harmful chlorine, and any additional liquid scalp preparations or nutrients can be easily worked into your hair care regime.
Thankfully, now there are great products sold in a complete laser system that takes the guesswork out of individual buying or combining of products.
The laser hand held devices now on the market vary in strength, cost and ease of use. The best ones have no cord (battery length is usually long due to the level of the laser) and that way there are no chargers or cords to worry about. The best would have the most surface coverage and highest number of light emitting diodes, to ensure you were making the best use of your treatment time. The laser “brush” should be used every other day for a total of about 20 to 30 minutes, so it should also be able to be rested directly on the scalp and be light weight.
Results and Benefits
Low level laser therapy activates the necessary enzymes that accelerate the natural cellular processes in the hair bulb and increases protein synthesis, healthy blood flow and tissue health. These factors all stimulate healthy hair growth. LLLT is natural and safe with no known side effects, and results in hair production in cases of hair loss caused by hereditary hair loss, stress, hormone imbalances and poor nutrition. We will be seeing and hearing a lot more about the success stories that come from this new, easy to use, on the go type of treatment to prevent hair loss that was previously only available by a lifetime of visits three times a week to a hair loss clinic or salon.
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