Medical Hair Loss Treatments – Hair Growth Pills and Laser Therapy
For people who are averse to invasive hair loss treatment such as hair transplant, there is an ideal alternative treatment plan to address hair loss. When Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLT) is combined with medications, the effects are better. This is also the only treatment that allows the patient to cut down on the frequency of usage with time. This treatment requires patients to undergo twenty minutes sessions up to three times a week initially, and eventually, maintenance on a monthly basis.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Low-Level Laser Therapy is an FDA approved hair loss treatment that makes use of light energy to stimulate a biological reaction and hair regrowth.
A patient who undergoes Low-Level Laser Therapy is positioned under a headpiece, that is similar to a steamer used in salons when you get a hot oil treatment. The low-level lasers or red light is arranged inside the headpiece and then directed over the patient’s head. The patient sits for a predetermined period of time and is closely supervised by the doctor.
The treatment creates a warm and tingling sensation to some, while others claim that it is virtually painless. The effects of this treatment go deep into the underlying layers of the skin to stimulate a reaction, but the surface will not feel anything at all. The light energy will be absorbed by the cells initiating repair that ultimately leads to hair growth.
LLLT does not have any downtime. You can have the treatment done and return back to your usual activities.
LLLT and hair loss medications are efficient complementary treatments for hair loss. LLLT applies its therapeutic effect on the outside and reaches inwards, while medications aid in the chemical process inside the body to ultimately produce the desired result.
This treatment plan for hair loss is proven to be effective in promoting hair growth (Lanzafame et.al., 2013). However, there are some men who prefer to avoid the side effects they may experience from taking hair loss drugs, which is why they choose LLLT. But, it is true for both treatments that results take time before a full effect can be observed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What causes hair loss?
Hair loss has multiple causes, such as genetics, poor diet and lifestyle, hormones, stress, certain medications and treatments, and hair products.
2. Who are at risk for hair loss?
- Genetically predisposed individuals (this can either be from the mother or father side)
- Highly stressed individuals
- Those undergoing chemotherapy
- Those who wear tight hairstyles
- Severely malnourished individuals
- Older individuals
3. How can I prevent hair loss?
You have to know that hair loss can either be preventable or unpreventable. Lifestyle factors, diet, and hairstyles are the ones which you can control. So, simply avoiding these things can help you prevent hair loss from occurring. However, genetics and aging are some of the uncontrollable factors that can lead to hair loss.
4. What are the treatments available for hair loss?
- Hair Loss Pills/Medications
- Herbal remedies
- Hair Transplant Surgery
5. Is a low-level laser treatment reliable in treating hair loss?
Yes. For those people who are averse to medical therapy and surgical procedures, Low Light Level Laser help stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. It is even considered a good complementary treatment to hair transplant surgery to stimulate faster wound healing and hair growth.
We use medical-grade lasers which are solely available in medical clinics. It comes with a stronger intensity which translates to fewer sessions and faster results. Furthermore, it has a wider coverage on the scalp. It can also target hair thinning on the side and back of the head, like a Norwood VI-VII pattern where there is dipping at the back of the head. This is not covered by most home LLLT caps or portable laser devices.
6. When do I decide on surgical treatment for hair loss?
Hair transplant surgery should be considered as your last option. It is wise to consider this invasive treatment only after you have tried out other options. But even with surgery, the doctor would still assess whether you will pass as a good candidate for it.
7. Are laser treatment better than medications when it comes to reversing hair loss?
This is actually dependent on how the patient reacts to the treatment. However, laser treatment for hair loss does not have any side effects compared to medications making it more safe and convenient. It is best that you consult this with a hair expert so that you can be fully evaluated on what works best for you.
Lanzafame RJ, Blanche RR, Bodian AB, Chiacchierini RP, Fernandez-Obregon A, Kazmirek ER. The growth of human scalp hair mediated by visible red light laser and LED sources in males. Lasers Surg Med. 2013 Oct;45(8):487-95. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22173. [PubMed]
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