Low-level laser therapy, also called LLLT, is used often in conjunction with hair restoration surgeries. While LLLT has been shown to work alone, laser therapy cannot completely reverse a balding area on its own. Instead, individuals suffering from severe male-pattern baldness opt to use both treatments to increase their success.
What is LLLT?
Low-level laser therapy is a non-surgical treatment used to treat hair loss. With consistent, long-term use, patients can expect their hair to increase in volume and thickness. LLLT is especially beneficial for women with diffuse hair loss who aren’t candidates for surgery or prescription medication.
LLLT nourishes follicles by sending pulses of energy into inactive follicles. This process is said to “spark” the follicle back into its regrowth phase after it stops working properly. Using LLLT prompts proper circulation and cellular respiration to restore cell function.
Post-surgery, LLLT helps bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients to balding areas, promoting stronger effects. Although hair transplants are often successful on their own, some follicles are stubborn at re-entering the growth cycle. LLLT provides the extra push that these follicles need to get back to business. Since hair loss is a progressive, long-term condition, undergoing long-term treatment after a hair restoration surgery can limit additional thinning as well.
How is Laser Therapy Implemented?
Patients can undergo low-level laser therapy through a few different methods. Laser domes, laser combs, and laser caps. Laser domes are professional pieces of equipment that require a visit to the doctor to receive treatment. Laser combs have limitations since treatment is performed primarily at-home and the application is cumbersome. Laser caps, on the other hand, are portable, hands-free, and effective.
The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers the Capillus272 laser cap, a device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Capillus272 caps have 272 professional-strength lasers to make it the most powerful at-home device for thinning hair.
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