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Low-Level Laser Therapy for Pattern Hair Loss: Does It Work?

Laser is used for several cosmetic treatments including skin resurfacing, treating acne scars, reducing wrinkles, and removing birthmarks. But another application of lasers that’s very hot right now is using lasers for treating pattern hair loss. Dr. Shapiro uses Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as a noninvasive hair loss treatment in Minneapolis.  Here’s what you have to know about Low-Level Laser Therapy for hair loss. 

First, What Is Pattern Hair Loss? 

Male and female pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss affecting some 50 million men and 30 million women in the US. There’s no definitive cause of pattern hair loss but it’s associated with genetics, hormones, and aging. Pattern baldness is characterized by receding hairlines and bald spots in men and thinning hair along the crown of the scalp in women.

What is Low-Level Laser Therapy? 

Low-Level Light Therapy or Cold Laser Light Therapy is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, and painless hair restoration treatment that uses laser light to stimulate follicle regrowth. It’s commonly used to treat pattern hair loss in men and women. 

A number of studies have confirmed that consistent use will thicken little strands of hair and reduce hair loss. In some cases, new hair growth is observed. The results vary from patient to patient. Some patients experience excellent results with LLLT, while others experience less impressive results. Still, Low-Level Light Therapy is a great option to consider for patients who aren’t ready to commit to hair transplant surgery.

LLLT is a painless and non-invasive treatment. Typically, a patient needs to use the laser device 3 times a week for only 20-40 minutes, making it perfect for people who are always on the go. Most devices are in the form of a helmet designed to be worn at home. Some options present as a hat or ball cap, which are battery-powered and designed to be worn outdoors and while running short errands.

How Does It Work? 

Low-Level Laser Therapy works by irradiating infrared energy into scalp tissues. The tissues absorb the light energy and encourage hair regrowth. LLLT is safe, painless, and noninvasive. 

Is Low-Level Laser Therapy for You?

While Low-Level Laser Therapy is an excellent hair loss treatment to consider, only a skilled surgeon can tell if it’s right for you. Call us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro and his friendly staff today. 

Shapiro Medical Group is your foremost provider of hair restoration procedures in Minnesota including FUE and FUE surgery, scalp micropigmentation, PRP/ACell, and medical therapy for hair loss. We serve patients in Minneapolis and surrounding areas including Golden Valley, Columbia Heights, Roseville, Richfield, and more.