Laser Hair Regrowth: Is it Effective for Treating Balding and Hair Loss?

A majority of adults have heard of removing hair with lasers but are unfamiliar with the process of laser hair regrowth. This can be an effective treatment for people who may have genetic or other considerations that make them unlikely candidates for more well known techniques. Laser hair regrowth can be quite effective at stopping hair loss and/or stimulating new growth.

Using red lights, lasers target follicles that have ceased to grow hair. The laser hair regrowth system directs an intermittent pulse to the affected area to promote healing. This same procedure is used to treat skin irregularities such as scars and in anti-aging applications.

While effective, laser hair regrowth therapy will require several treatments to achieve the desired results. The most common session entails treating the entire area with an all-inclusive laser. However, if there is more severe damage, the laser may be directed to individual follicles to bring about healing. If the latter is the case, it will require more time. If a patient discontinues treatment he/she could notice a decrease of hair growth and/or thinning in the affected area. The procedure can be done in specialty clinics, day spas, or a plastic surgeon’s office. Since this is an elective procedure and rarely covered by insurance, your family doctor or hospital is unlikely to offer laser hair regrowth treatments.

This therapy isn’t for everyone and you should discuss all options with your provider to be sure it will work well for you. For example if you have stopped all hair growth, laser hair regrowth may not be for you. If you have just noticed thinning in an area, you have a better chance of having positive results. While this should not be considered a permanent solution it can offer a temporary halt to hair loss.

Laser hair regrowth offers treatment with very rare cases of negative impact. By stimulating blood flow to damaged follicles it is possible to stop hair loss and trigger new growth with a proven, safe, and non-invasive procedure. There is a possibility of chafing or irritation from the hardware of the system itself. For some patients the worst case scenario is their hair did not respond and they did not grow hair.

Depending on the area to be treated your session could last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Generally you will be in a chair where a cap apparatus will be placed on your head. Laser lights will flash across your scalp, stimulating the cells. Since there is no skin penetration, there is no pain or discomfort associated with laser hair regrowth. There are laser combs available for augmenting the testaments at home. It is a matter of running the comb over the affected area to offer additional stimulation. You should talk to your provider to see if the additional treatment would be beneficial in your case.

Laser hair regrowth offers treatments that are painless when compared to hair grafts or transplants. Much less time is involved with recovery as opposed to other methods of hair restoration. Keep in mind that, depending on the condition of your scalp and hair follicles, it will take several visits to achieve your laser hair regrowth goals. Your provider will be able to give you an idea of how long and how many visits.

Evaluate your own condition with the help of a trained professional to make an informed decision on your suitability for laser hair regrowth. This will prevent an unnecessary expense on your time and money.