The use of laser treatment for hair thinning and baldness started many years ago in Europe. However, in the United States, it is considered a much newer technology. Despite this, both men and women turn to laser treatment as an effective and low-risk method to improve their hair growth.
Types of Laser Treatments
The laser comb is available for at-home treatment for thinning hair. With this device, you comb through your hair slowly to direct the laser toward areas of your scalp that need treatment. In a doctor’s office, you can receive treatment with stronger and more efficient cosmetic and FDA-approved medical lasers. Depending on your doctor’s evaluation, your doctor may recommend combining multiple types of treatments.
How It Works
The laser is a high-intensity light and highly focused light used in many types of medical and cosmetic procedures. A form of radiation is used to create this type of light. The laser works by stimulating the scalp to increase blood flow and cell function, resulting in more hair growth and thicker hair, reports the New Hair Institute.
Laser treatments for hair thinning and hair loss are not cheap. The least expensive option may be the home laser comb. In-office treatments have a per-treatment fee. Typically, patients require several treatments over the course of several months.
Lasers used for any procedure all have similar associated risks. These include skin pigmentation changes, pain or irritation at the site, infection and scarring, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The radiation used to create the laser light does not have serious risks as it differs from the type of radiation used in X-rays and other similar procedures. With laser treatment for hair loss and thinning, few risks or safety issues have been reported, but it is best to discuss the risks with your doctor before treatment.
Success of Treatment
In a research study published in 2003 in the “International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology,” patients who received treatment with low-level laser therapy showed increased hair growth and thickness. This was true for both male and female participants of the study. Several other studies conducted in North America and Europe have also shown that laser treatment is successful at improving hair thinning, reports The Hair Loss Control Clinic. Although many do see an improvement, the amount of re-growth and thickening of the hairs does vary, depending on the individual and types of laser used.