One of the really interesting areas where a cold laser (or low level lasers) is being applied is for the purpose of stimulating natural hair growth. The most successful systems can be up 100,000 mW continuous power and require special training to ensure safety. There are home systems available at much lower power levels but they don't work for everyone. The theraputic lasers sold on this site are designed for deep tissue penetration and are not usable for hair growth.
Laser hair growth therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is being used around the U.S. since about 2002. Unlike other hair growth treatments like as Propecia and Minoxidil that create a dependency on chemicals to maintain hair growth, Cold Laser Hair growth treatment is based on stimulating the scalp without chemical treatments. The use of cold lasers for the treatment of hair loss:
- Is very low risk (Non-addicting, non-chemical process)
- Can be used on conjunction with other treatments
- Less expensive when compared to many treatment
Although large-scale independent trials have not been completed, early result show a positive effect for many patients in the early stages of hair loss and FDA is processing application for approved LLLT devices. Cold Laser have been shown to repair tissues by stimulating blood circulation and encouraging the regeneration of normal healthy tissues. In trials, Laser light has been shown to decrease inflammation, stimulate microcirculation and improve protein synthesis.
During the past few years, European hair growth studies suggested that cold laser hair treatments increases blood and lymph circulation at the hair roots and the energy emitted from the laser may stimulate follicular cells. Recent studies in the U.S. have also shown positive effects on hair growth. Although conclusive clinical trials are not complete, many patients are turning to this treatment because it provide a non-chemical option for promoting hair growth.
At ColdLasers.Org, we recommend that consumers work with a hair growth professional who will guarantee results. There are expensive solutions out there that do not work.
Warning: All Treatments Are Not The Same
The quality of laser source can have a huge impact on the result. Some manufacturers are selling very low quality laser and claiming the same result as prof es ion al equipment manufacturers. If you are shopping for investigating LLL equipment, check the specification and see our specifications page to help you understand how each variable can effect the performance. Beware of equipment using inexpensive LED technology as it may not have enough power to have effect.
NBC Video on Cold Laser Hair Loss Treatment
Based on some positive performance of a hand-held cold laser therapy devices shown on Dateline-NBC investigation, NBC6-Miami interviewed several South Florida residents who have been receiving laser therapy from medical grade in-office "hood" equipment and found positive results.
FDA Approval For Hair Loss Treatment
In January 2007, the FDA gave 'clearance' for the Lexington HairMax LaserComb, the first Low Level Laser Therapy device for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (male pattern hair loss). After starting clinical trials years ago, this long-awaited "clearance" is a positive step for the treatment of hair loss using LLLT. It is also a big step for the entire cold laser therapy industry. A review of the FDA 510(k) Summary report can be found here.