As anyone affected by hair loss knows, experiencing patchy hair loss or thinning hair can impact your confidence. Whilst there are topical treatments and medication that can help to regrow hair, in recent years, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has become a popular choice, promising to stimulate new growth and give great results. Does it really work?
The latest devices
One of the latest gadgets to hit the market is the iGrow Hair Growth System, which uses LLLT to regrow hair. The manufacturers promise regrowth in as little as 9 months and the device claims to strengthen and ‘re-energise’ hair follicle cells, leading to hair line improvements in 6 to 8 weeks.
This type of consumer device often comes with a hefty price tag attached, and at £665, the iGrow isn’t actually bringing anything new to the hair loss table. It uses low-level red lasers and LED lights to increase the action of the molecule Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is thought to play an important part in hair growth.
Nothing new to see here
Devices such as the HairMax Laser Comb have been used by hair loss experts for many years at clinics including the Belgravia Centre and are available to clients for home-use. This type of treatment is usually used alongside a bespoke medication treatment plan for best results. The LaserComb uses a patented technology to part the hair in order for the laser to penetrate the scalp without interference by the hair.
What else is on offer?
Other laser devices include the Theradome laser helmet, designed by former NASA scientists and aimed at women experiencing hair loss. The manufacturer claims high success rates in a ‘clinical trial’ yet there are no details of a clinical trial which makes the claims questionable.
How does laser work for hair loss?
Low-level laser therapy penetrates the scalp and stimulates hair follicle cells; the treatment can be administered at home or, preferably, at a professional hair loss clinic. A 26-week study by the Weill Cornell Medical Centre found those using LLLT as part of a hair loss treatment programme saw hairs per inch increase by 14%. LLLT can also thicken hair, whilst reducing the appearance of receding hairlines and bald patches. However, it is best used alongside other treatments, as part of a bespoke hair loss treatment programme.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.