Hair Loss Treatments

Does LLLT laser hair growth work?

By Alex

Hair loss is something that will happen to most of us in life. Although it isn’t always nice, there are a large variety of different treatments available to help with hair loss. We specialise in FUE hair transplants. From years of experience, we know that this is one of the most successful hair loss treatments on the market.

When our clients come in to us for a consultation we are often asked about the best treatments for hair growth, and one question we are frequently asked is ‘does laser hair growth work?’ Today we have looked into the pros and cons of laser hair growth so you can see exactly how well it works and if the treatment is worthwhile for you.

What is laser hair growth?

There are a variety of different gadgets available on the high street that offers LLLT therapy to promote hair growth.  LLLT (low-level light therapy) is a treatment that utilizes lasers, or light energy below a specific energy threshold and within a specific wavelength, to help promote hair growth.

The light source used for these products can range between laser and LED devices, the laser devices used are referred to as cold lasers as they produce no heat and are therefore safe to use and will cause no damage to the skin or hair follicles.

How does laser hair growth work?

LLLT has been shown to promote hair growth in both men and women with androgenetic alopecia. Research indicates that LLLT is absorbed into the cells, and this triggers enhanced cellular activity. The LLLT is thought to make aging cells more active, which works to increase their effectiveness in hair growth however; there is currently not enough research to be sure how the treatment works.

Does it actually work?

The exact mechanism of how LLLT works has not yet been explored, at this current time research has only indicated how it is believed to work. Some studies have shown that the treatment has promoted hair growth.

The treatment has however only highlighted promoted growth on those who has Androgenetic alopecia. The treatment works best on those with thinning hair and pattern baldness caused by a hereditary condition. The treatment will not work on everyone, and it is unlikely to work on those with very little to no hair.

How quickly will I see results?

Studies have shown that the treatment can show results after different periods of time, for different clients. However on average clients saw some results after around 26 weeks of using the treatment.

The results on different areas on the scalp can vary. The treatment could potentially work well on one area of the scalp and promote hair growth, but there is also a chance that the treatment will not work as well on other areas, and the promotion of hair growth will be uneven.

Is it worth the money?

LLLT devices can range in prices from £200 to £900. This is a one off cost for the device, which you can then use as much as you need. The different devices do however work differently, and will not all obtain the same result. Although the initial cost might seem cheap at this present moment there is not enough evidence to indicate how the treatment actually works, or how well it works. With this in mind, buying into the treatment could be a potential risk.

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