If you’re one of the lucky ones with thick-haired heads, hair loss and thinning hair probably won’t be that big of a deal. You lose a little hair, so what? It’s not going to kill you, right? It’s easy to take that view when you’re not at the sharp end of your experience. For those who are experiencing it, hair loss can be a traumatic event. It can seriously undermine an individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Fortunately, we live in an era where you don’t have to have the problem of lying down hair loss. From oral and topical medicines to hair transplants, there are many ways to tackle this problem. In this article, we’ll look at one such treatment that has helped thousands of people have hair loss problems. Let’s talk (drum roll please) … Laser cap.
Laser cap and low level laser therapy (LLLT)
Laser caps (or helmets, or bands) are a good example of the kind of advanced technology currently being deployed to combat hair loss. They use low-level laser therapy (LLLT). This, also known as red light therapy, stimulates hair regrowth and delays hair loss. This is done through a process called photobiomodulation. This is a scientific term for using light to stimulate biochemical changes in cells. This is a process similar to photosynthesis in plants.
This process works by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an active ingredient that provides energy to promote many processes in living cells. It acts on hair follicles by prolonging the natural growth cycle of hair and slowing hair loss. LLLT also promotes blood circulation in the scalp, allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach the hair follicles more efficiently.
Does the laser cap work?
Treatment with a laser cap does not give immediate results. It takes several months for a 7-minute session at least three times a week before you can see any visible improvement in your hair. Consistency of use is important for the treatment to work. As with any hair treatment, tackling hair removal early will increase your chances of success.
A literature review published in 2020 concluded that “LLLT appears to be effective in treating both male and female pattern alopecia.” However, keep in mind that some of the surveys we surveyed could not be classified as completely independent due to industry ties.
Nonetheless, further research is needed, but to some extent laser caps are effective in treating early-stage pattern alopecia (also known as androgenic alopecia) in both men and women. I can say with confidence.
Effective with other treatments
The laser cap can also be used in combination with other treatments. For example, it helps heal the skin tissue at the transplant site after flocking. It can also be used in combination with oral medications such as minoxidil.
Should I get it?
Laser caps provide a safe, non-invasive treatment for irritating hair follicles. They are also painless and have no known side effects, but pregnant women should consult a doctor before embarking on a course of treatment. They have been shown to work in early-stage patterns of baldness and trichotillomania, producing richer and thicker hair. Thinking about it all, why don’t you get it?
Negatives include the time it takes for the process. The full course of treatment can last up to 6 months. You need to determine if you have the patience and money to complete the course. Laser caps have a good track record, but success is not guaranteed.
These negatives need to be weighed against the potential to successfully stop or slow hair loss and restore lost hair. Only you can determine if it is likely to make it worth the cost of time and money.
Where is it?
Laser caps can be purchased online or from reputable clinics. If the clinic recommends taking an LLLT course, a laser cap will probably be offered as part of it. The cap is small, light, comfortable to wear and provides complete coverage of the scalp. This portability is one of their advantages as it allows for home use.
Hair loss and thinning occur for many reasons. The first step in finding an effective treatment begins with identifying the root cause of the problem. Once that’s done, you can think about how to handle it. Laser caps provide a solution for men and women experiencing early pattern alopecia.
With the help of an expert, it’s much easier to understand the reason for your hair loss. Vinci Hair Clinic employs world-leading hair growth specialists. Who should I ask? We offer free, non-obligatory consultations to all new clients. Contact us now and book!