Laser hair restoration

Restoring hair with laser therapy is another controversial deal that is loved by some and hated by others. Who I mean by “some” and “others” are physicians, some for the treatment, and others against it. Nevertheless, the treatment is designed to completely restore thinning hair and stopping the progression of genetic balding. It is actually approved by the FDA as the only non-medication treatment to improve the growth of hair.

How Laser Hair Restoration Works
There are two different types of laser hair treatments, even one that can be done at home. The commonality in all is that they are meant to stop hair loss. When lasers are applied to the scalp, overall hair quality is improved, hair growth is stimulated, and the diameter of the hair shaft is increased. A physician who offers these types of treatments will decide which one is best for an individual person because everyone’s needs vary. Let’s take a look at the different options.

  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – Laser rays are applied directly to the scalp by a mechanical device. The idea is that red blood cells are stimulated, causing metabolic changes to occur, including the introduction of more nutrients and oxygen to the scalp. Both of these are essential for hair production and speed this natural process of the cells. Eventually, blood circulation is improved to the area that the laser has come into contact with. This type of treatment is a dome shape that fits loosely over the head, and the lasers are free to rotate about the area. No skin is broken with this type of therapy.
  • Home Laser Hair Therapy – Some specialists in laser therapy for hair recommend a hand-held device that can be used at home. The device is commonly called a “laser comb.” The patient is supposed to brush the comb through the hair and over the scalp, and it is supposed to augment the work done by the physician in the doctor’s office. This type of laser treatment is also often recommended to quicken the healing process after a laser hair replacement surgery.


  • As mentioned above, laser hair restoration therapy is the only approved non-medication, non-surgery method in treating hair loss.
  • It has stopped the progression of hair loss in 85% of patients.
  • There has been a 78% increase in hair strength, 25% increase in hair volume, and 54% increase in blood flow to the scalp.
  • There is no prescription required.
  • There are no known side effects of laser hair restoration therapy.
  • It stimulates the growth of hair follicles by aiding in the natural hair growing process.
  • Also mentioned above, it is beneficial in accelerating the healing process after laser hair replacement surgery.
  • It can be used on both men and women.

Many physicians have different opinions on whether or not this type of treatment is beneficial and/or necessary. An “issue” that is still being researched is whether or not, on some areas of the scalp, it is possible that the hair loss is actually stopped, or if the hair that is already there is simply made a better quality; this is most evident on the frontal area of the head. Also, this type of treatment may be beneficial for others, while providing nothing for some people. Not to mention it is very expensive and sometimes the money is spent for nothing. There is more evidence that laser hair restoration therapy is more or only beneficial alongside the use of Propecia and Rogaine.

Where Can I Get Laser Hair Restoration?
If you are even thinking about getting laser hair restoration treatment, consulting with a specialist is the best option. There are websites online to show you where a clinic is located in your area. Don’t use one of the home devices until after you have consulted with a specialist.

Last updated on Aug 16th, 2010 and filed under Beauty. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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