Laser therapy has become the medical professionals choice for hair growth treatments, especially since the FDA has approved laser therapy as a treatment for hair loss. However, before you make that laser product purchase, learn all you can about laser hair growth to see if it is the right hair loss treatment for you.
When to use laser therapy
A laser hair growth treatment is best used during the early stages of hair loss because it can halt and prevent further loss of hair and can even 'wake up' sleeping hair follicles that have become dormant. Once hair has been lost for several years, the hair follicles are dead, and nothing can bring them back. Experts advise starting a laser hair growth treatment as soon as you first notice thinning hair and hair loss.
The science of laser hair growth
Because hair is meant to fall out and regrow from the roots, when hair follicles begin to shrink and degenerate, the hair does not grow back as it should and consequently hair loss occurs. Based on the scientific principle of photobiostimulation, laser hair growth treatment studies have shown that increased blood flow to the scalp can jump start hair follicles when used on a regular basis, slowing down and even reversing the degenerative hair loss cycle, stimulating live hair follicles to produce thicker, stronger and healthier hair.
Are laser treatments for men and women
Laser therapy can stimulate resting hair follicles to grow and improve the overall scalp and hair health of both men and women. Although their are some hair loss products such as medications, vitamins or topical lotions that are specifically designed for individual sexes, both men and women can use laser to stimulate hair growth. Both men and women who have undergone hair transplant surgery are encouraged by their doctors to use a laser treatment to stimulate hair growth of their newly transplanted hair follicles as well as preserve their existing hair.
Is the laser light hot or dangerous
Laser therapy is performed with a low level laser light, which is a 'cool' laser, as opposed to a 'hot' one, so it does not burn and has been proven safe and effective in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studies.
Do I have to go to a hair loss clinic for laser treatments
Currently there are two ways to undergo a hair growth laser treatment. It can either be administered professionally at a hair loss clinic where by your progress can be monitored by a hair loss specialist, or you can manage your hair loss treatment in the comfort and convenience of your own home. If you choose to manage your laser treatment at home, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your laser device from a professional company within Australia who you can either visit from time to time or be in contact with via phone and internet services who can assist in monitoring your progress and results.
Which is better - hair loss clinic or at home laser treatments
At Hair Regrowth Australia, our in house clinic laser machines have been removed from our salon as the future for hair loss treatments is at home. A typical in clinic laser machine has only 90 lasers, so when you compare it to the Capillus and Foligain laser caps which have 272 lasers, the more powerful device is the laser cap. Laser hair growth treatments are on an ongoing basis, so once an in-clinic laser programme has finished, you then need to purchase an at-home laser device for future maintenance.
Do I have to adhere to a schedule
Yes. Any hair growth laser treatment device has manufacturer specific treatment times that need to be adhered to. Ongoing laser treatment schedules can vary. Typically a laser treatment will be 2-3 times per week in the first 12 months and then once per week after that.
How long before I see results
Laser hair growth does not work instantaneously. A follicle needs time to produce a new hair that will then exit the scalp and grow to a measurable length before you will notice results. Usually results can be seen in about three months, with significant results in approximately six to 12 months.
Do laser treatments work with other hair loss products
Yes! Laser hair growth treatments can give lagging hair follicles a boost and can work in conjunction with other hair loss products such as DHT blockers, shampoos, topical lotions and hair vitamins.
If I was to purchase an at home laser device... which product should I choose
The answer is the laser caps with 272 laser diodes as they are the ultimate laser devices for hair growth that has the best coverage, as well as being practical, affordable and easy to use. When considering that laser therapy is an ongoing treatment, the laser cap is easier to use and thus allowing for better consistency which ends up with better hair growth results. We recommend a hands free laser device over a laser comb as there is no chance of over lapping and over stimulating the hair follicles, and therefore much more convenient to use. The laser comb will still give you results, however as laser therapy is an ongoing treatment, over time people will rush through the treatment not giving complete time nor coverage and the desired results are generally not as successful.