Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT) is considered a major part of the non-surgical approach to treating hair loss. LLLT does not cause pain and does not cause burning or scarring of the skin. The mechanism stimulating hair growth is the visible red light emitted from the cap’s lasers diodes that is absorbed by the skin and hair cells. Laser light for hair restoration began in 1967, a few years after the first working laser was invented. It is now considered main stream science that laser light positively influences hair growth. Our office is strong advocates of laser light therapy for our hair loss patients and we promote the Capillus Laser Cap system.
Dr. Endre Mester of Semmelweis University in Hungary researched the concept that laser radiation might cause cancer in mice. He shaved the hair off their backs, divided them into two groups and rendered laser treatment with a low powered ruby laser (694-nm) to one group. His findings revealed the mice did not get cancer but the hair on the treated group grew back more quickly than the untreated group. Dr. Mester’s work was the first demonstration of the positive effects of laser light or “laser biostimulation” positively increasing hair growth.
LLLT is also thought to increase blood flow and stops hair loss in 85% of cases, while stimulating new hair growth in 55% of cases according to the medical literature. It is FDA approved for use in the United States. It’s safety and efficacy has been proven in Europe and Asia for decades. LLLT is a non surgical treatment option for restoration and stabilization of hair loss. It is an important part of medical therapy for those patients who are not candidates for surgery, or for men and women with thinning hair or hair loss. Some surgical patients desire laser therapy for additional hair stimulation after hair surgery.