Laser Hair Restoration Treatment

When you hear the words "laser" and "hair" in the same sentence, you probably think of laser hair removal. But lasers are also being used to help grow hair as well as to remove it permanently.

Laser hair restoration is based on the idea that low level laser light can revitalize hair follicles. It is thought to improve blood flow to the follicles and promote the growth, or anagen, phase of the hair. The laser that's used operates in several wavelengths including a red wavelength that is said to open the follicles and an infrared wavelength that increases blood circulation and cellular metabolism in the scalp.

The lasers used in laser hair restoration are approved for hair therapy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Laser hair loss treatments, which are done at a spa or hair clinic, usually must be done a few times a month for up to a year.

The latest in laser hair treatments is a laser comb that can be used at home to treat the scalp and hair. It is also FDA approved.

Although the treatments are FDA approved, and have shown some effectiveness, how much they can improve the growth of your hair is subject to debate. Some physicians feel that the laser treatments don't improve hair growth enough to make them worth the time and effort. However, the treatments do appear to stop hair loss and also appear to improve the quality of the hair and its manageability.

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