There are a number of reasons why people lose their hair. Typically baldness is seen in men, although there are number of women who lose their hair as well. However, progressive hair loss from the crown, the hairline and temporal areas of the scalp is known as androgenetic alopecia.
Hair becomes finer and thinner, a process known as miniaturisation. The normal hair growth cycle becomes disrupted so light coloured fine hair strands are produced.
For many men this progressive baldness is accepted and it does not cause concerns, but for those who want to promote the healthy hair growth they had before, without resorting to hair transplant surgery, there is another alternative.
Laser treatments are being used more and more to stimulate the growth of hair follicles. This may seem a little strange as the term laser often conjures up beams of red hot light slicing through sheets of metal as in the James Bond films, but it is really not as intimidating as you might think.
What is laser treatment for baldness?
Low dose laser therapy is the method that practitioners are starting to use to combat hair loss. It may also be promoted as cold or soft laser treatment or red light therapy but essentially it is a safe form of light and heat treatment.
The hair growth cycle goes through three stages, growth, resting and shedding before starting again. If the hair follicles are prevented from growth by hormones present in the body, which suppress the growth, then baldness and miniaturisation occurs.
Low levels of light is thought to help increase blood flow to the scalp. This in turn stimulates a metabolic process in the resting and shedding hair follicles, which then produces the growth, or anagen hair as it is called.
How is the treatment delivered?
There are a number of ways in which the low dose laser therapy can be delivered to treat the affected areas of the scalp. Some practitioners use a cap and others use a “lasercomb”. As the latter sounds, it is combed through the hair emitting low doses of laser waves to areas where thinning is most pronounced.
It stimulates and increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the scalp and oxygen, which is vital to allow the hair to grow.
At the same time as the low dose laser treatment is working to stimulate the metabolic process that leads to new hair growth, it can also get rid of other impurities on the scalp. Excess oil known as sebum, which is secreted by the body, is also removed, along with DHT or dihydrotestosterone, which is a key factor in disrupting the normal hair growth cycle.
Perhaps the best part about laser treatment for hair is that it is also a relatively quick and easy treatment to administer, and as it does not involve any other form of product, the individual can have their 10-15 minute treatment or shorter, and then get back to work with no one being the wiser.
Want to know more? Speak to a laser treatment for hair loss professional today!