Hair loss is a normal part of the growth and replacement process. The growth and resting cycles of hair follicles are not synchronized. Hair loss is most often caused by genetics in both men and women. In fact, 95 percent of all cases of alopecia are caused by heredity (baldness).
The remaining five percent of cases can be affected by a variety of other factors such as diet, stress, sickness, and medication. An inherited disorder known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is the most well-known cause of hair loss. For men, it commonly manifests as a receding hairline and bald spots, while for women, it manifests as thinning hair. Hence, hair treatment for men is on the rise.
Hair follicle size reduction is one of the most well-known causes of hair loss in both men and women. Simply put, the anagen (growth) stage of hair grows faster than the resting (telogen) stage. As a result, the hair is thin and exceedingly short, with several follicles devoid of hair shafts. Since hormone-sensitive follicles live only in the front and on top, this pattern of hair loss is only seen there. DHT has little effect on the follicles on the sides and back of the head, so they normally remain protected.
What is Laser Hair Treatment?
Photons are irradiated into scalp tissues during low-level laser therapy (LLT), also known as red light therapy or cold laser therapy. Weak cells absorb these photons, which promote hair development. This process is generally regarded as being safer, more tolerable, and less invasive than hair transplant surgery. The idea behind laser hair loss treatment is that low-dose laser treatments stimulate circulation and enable hair follicles to develop hair.
How Exactly Does Laser Treatment Therapy Work?
The hair growth cycle has three phases: anagen (growth), telogen (resting), and shedding (shedding) (catagen phase). Dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone derivative found in the skin, is responsible for hair loss in androgenetic alopecia (DHT).
Laser treatment is thought to increase blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogen follicles, resulting in anagen hair development. Laser treatment is a non-invasive type of light/heat therapy that is being studied for a number of medical conditions.
It’s being used to treat androgenetic alopecia, or pattern balding, which is an inherited form of hair loss that affects both men and women. Red light therapy, cold laser, soft laser, biostimulation, and photobiomodulation are all terms used to describe laser treatment.
Photons of light interact with cytochrome C oxidase, resulting in the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In hair follicle cells, this is converted to cyclic AMP, which releases energy and stimulates metabolic processes required for hair development. Increased vascularisation of the scalp, which distributes nutrients and oxygen to the hair, is caused by the release of nitric oxide from cells, thereby rendering it an effective hair treatment for men and women.
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Things to Keep in Mind Before Opting for a Laser Hair Treatment
As with any hair loss treatment, outcomes can vary from client to client, with some experiencing rapid hair growth and others needing to wait longer. In certain cases, clients will have to wait up to twenty-six weeks for results after completing treatment.
And lastly, the secret to making laser hair treatments work is consistency. Your hair would have a better chance of developing if you keep up with your appointments, the sooner you begin your treatment, the better because fully lost hair is more difficult to regrow.