Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is one of just three non-surgical methods clinically proven, and FDA approved to fight pattern hair loss for men and women. Dr. Gray is an authorized physician provider of the latest Capillus Laser Cap technology, which uses a special type of low-level laser light that operates at 650nm. At this level, the laser's energy does not damage skin cells, but the skin absorbs light without causing any pain or discomfort.
Origins of Laser Therapy
In 1966, Hungarian physician Endre Mester first published an experiment in which he noticed accelerated hair growth in rats treated with laser therapy, which involves exposing cells or tissue to low levels of red and near-infrared (NIR) light. Since the 1960s, low-power lasers have been used in many medical fields for conditions like chronic ulcers, headaches, musculoskeletal, and neuropathic states of chronic pain.
Although the skin is the organ naturally exposed to light more than any other organ, it still strongly reacts to red and near-infrared wavelengths. It is referred to as "low level" therapy as well as "cold laser" therapy because the energy frequency of light used is much lower than other forms of laser therapy required to generate heat for ablation, cutting, and thermally clotting tissue. For almost forty years since the invention of lasers, low levels of visible or near-infrared (NIR) light have been used for reducing pain, inflammation, and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues, and nerves, and preventing tissue damage.
Laser Therapy for Hair Growth
Recently, hair restoration has been a leading field in the application of LLLT technologies and has enabled physicians to improve patient outcomes. In January of 2007, the FDA granted the first clearance for a device shown for use in treating males with Androgenetic Alopecia. In 2010, the FDA expanded the category to treat females diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia or genetic hair loss.
The theory widely trusted is that LLLT, particularly at wavelengths in the red wavelength range, influences the function of stem cells that cause hair growth. Photobiomodulation (another name for light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied) increases energy for cell activity (ATP). In turn, this causes a reverse of hair follicles in the dormant telogen growth stage to shift into the active growth or anagen phase.
LLLT using red light lasers for hair loss has been reported to:
- Increase cell metabolism and the health of blood vessels in the scalp for thicker, supple and more durable hair shafts
- Stimulate the sebaceous glands for silkier-looking hair
- Increase melanin production in the hair follicles, darkening gray hairs
Low Level Laser Therapy at HT&RC
Dr. Gray is an authorized Capillus physician who is able to offer the powerful and discreet Capillus82 Laser Cap at an incredibly affordable price. Working with an authorized Capillus physician is the only way to be sure you’re getting genuine Capillus treatments with ideal medical supervision. Imitation products available online and over the counter can be ineffective or even dangerous. Dr. Gray is delighted to connect patients with the Capillus82 Laser Cap as the exclusive laser treatment option at HT&RC. This model combines 82 powerful lasers at an affordable price.
For men: How laser therapy helps hair grow
Alone or in combination with surgery, Low-Level Laser Therapy gets huge results for men with the right hair conditions. At HT&RC, Dr. Gray uses this treatment to overcome the effects of DHT, stimulate hair growth, and improve the impact of surgical procedures for good candidates. When applied to follicles that are still growing or have been transplanted from an area unaffected by hair loss, laser therapy restarts the growth cycle, accelerates cell division, and increases the thickness of the hair shaft. That’s why men with advanced hair loss won’t benefit from laser therapy unless they’ve undergone a surgical restoration.
The key to understanding laser therapy is to take into account that you can’t naturally grow hair where there are no active follicles. Laser therapy uses the energy of diodes exposed to cellular mitochondria, stimulating the hair cellular growth and helps reverse the effects of miniaturization. It’s a 100% safe and painless treatment that extends the hair’s growth cycle, preventing follicles from going into the resting phase in which they stop growing. The cool laser light heals cell damage, resolves scalp problems, and stimulates new hair growth. By improving the size, thickness, and health of hair follicles, laser therapy enhances the quality of your growing hair. In technical terms, LLLT uses infrared light from laser diodes to stimulate wound healing, mitochondrial DNA, and cytokine secretion.
LLLT can compound the hair-growth effects of Minoxidil, or can stimulate new growth while Propecia blocks the production of DHT. After an FUE or FUT hair-transplant procedure, laser therapy promotes healing and improves blood flow in the scalp. These benefits can help prevent scarring and improve the outcome of surgery.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- The laser cap is portable, private, and easy to use.
- It's discreet — use it anywhere and no one will know.
- Enjoy LLLT where it's convenient for you.
- It works with and can even improve the results of other hair loss therapies.
- It offers the same wavelength laser diodes at a lower price.
- FDA-approved model diminishes the potential for user error while maximizing convenience.
Low Level Laser Therapy for Women
Laser Hair Therapy has achieved hair growth and delayed progression of hair loss for thousands of women since its introduction and has proved to promote healing and improve scalp health. Treatment with low-level lasers works even better in conjunction with topical solutions, and it accelerates healing after surgical hair restoration. If your hair has begun to thin, laser therapy might help prevent further loss and promote new growth.
Laser Therapy: Part of Triple Therapy
Dr. Gray recommends Low-Level Laser Therapy as part of “Triple Therapy.” One in three women will notice that her hair is thinning, and multiple medical therapies, which are used together, create a synergism that no one treatment can achieve. Triple Therapy uses three scientifically proven treatments simultaneously to fight female pattern hair loss. The result is a solution three times more powerful than any one treatment alone. By combining Minoxidil, Help Hair Nutrients, and Low-Level Laser treatments, Triple Therapy helps women minimize thinning and regrow their natural hair quickly and painlessly.
How to get started with laser therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy is one of just a few FDA-approved and clinically proven treatments for fighting women’s and men’s hair loss. To find out if you’re a good candidate for Laser Therapy, contact our office to schedule a consultation. A diagnosis of your hair loss cause is absolutely vital. Unless you’ve determined the problem at the root of thinning hair, it’s impossible to make an informed decision regarding laser treatment. Thanks to Dr. Gray’s medical approach to resolving hair loss, you can be 100% confident in your diagnosis and personalized treatment plan at the Hair Transplant & Restoration Center in Macon, GA.