How Does Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Work?
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive form of alternative therapy approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for a prescribed list of ailments and medical conditions, including hair loss.
It is also referred to as cold laser therapy, photobiomodulation, soft laser biostimulation, and low-power laser therapy (LPLT).
In low-level laser therapy, low-intensity lasers are administered on the affected area(s) of the body in order to stimulate hair follicles, improve healing, or aid in pain relief for the affected area. The lasers do not cause any destruction or inflammation of the body’s tissues. They also do not cause breakage of the skin or come in direct contact with internal tissues.
The lasers consist of red or near-infrared light that is directed onto damaged cells. The tissues absorb the light, and the physiological reaction helps regenerate the cells.
Low-Level Laser Therapy for Hair Loss
When LLLT is used on the scalp, the laser targets the hair follicles and stimulates the cells, which aids in hair growth. Low-level laser therapy has a multitude of benefits. It’s painless and non-invasive, and it has no side effects when performed by Dr. Bapna. LLLT may also make hair stronger, thicker, and softer following regular treatments.
The procedure for low-level laser therapy is quite simple. LLLT requires no preparation, and each treatment typically takes a short amount of time – less than twenty minutes – to complete.
During the procedure, Dr. Bapna will apply the laser over the affected areas. Since low-level laser therapy is painless, the patient should not experience any uncomfortable heat sensations or vibrations.
After your treatment, you may return to your normal daily activities. No downtime or recovery time will be required after the procedure, and healing time is minimal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Low-Level Laser Therapy?
Low-level laser therapy can be beneficial to those who suffer from mild to moderate male or female pattern hair loss. It is also a good option for those who are looking to maintain their hair-transplant results.
Although LLLT is a viable option for those looking to combat hair loss, it is important to note that this treatment can take time and can also interact with certain medications. Patients who take medications that increase their sensitivity to light should not use low-level laser therapy. Women who are pregnant should not be treated with LLLT.
Talk to Dr. Bapna about any questions or concerns you may have before you start treatment.
Other Prescribed Uses of Low-Level Laser Therapy
Doctors, physical therapists, dentists, dermatologists, and other medical practitioners usually prescribe low-level laser therapy for the following ailments:
• Minor Injuries and Slight Sprains
• Skin Rejuvenation
• Acupuncture Alternative
• Aches and Pains
• Difficult-to-Heal Wounds
Is Low-Level Laser Therapy Right for You?
If you think you are a good candidate and would benefit from low-level laser therapy for hair loss, contact the office of Dr. Sumit Bapna for a consultation today. Dr. Bapna, a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, will be happy to get you started with your LLLT treatments.