Red Light Therapy for Hair Loss

Red Light Therapy, also known as Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT), is a hair loss treatment method that uses photons to irradiate scalp tissues. Your follicles absorb the photons, which stimulate hair growth. The procedure is safe, painless, and even paired with hair transplant surgery to speed healing and stimulate the transplanted hair to grow.

Growing Demand

The demand for this minimally invasive treatment is growing. Statistics show that more than 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States are losing their hair. Thinning or balding hair can lower one’s self-esteem and confidence, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With red light therapy, people have a research-backed, natural solution to slow or even reverse hair loss without disruptive side-effects.

What is light therapy for hair loss?

Light therapy for hair loss, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that involves the use of low-level laser or light-emitting diode (LED) devices to stimulate hair growth. The therapy works by delivering specific wavelengths of light to the scalp, which are believed to promote cellular activity, increase blood circulation, and stimulate hair follicles. This can result in improved hair density, thickness, and overall hair growth. Light therapy for hair loss can be performed in a clinical setting or with portable devices for home use. It is important to note that individual results may vary, and it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist to determine if light therapy is a suitable option for your specific hair loss condition.

What does red light therapy do for hair?

Red light therapy for hair is a form of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) that utilizes red or near-infrared light wavelengths to stimulate hair growth and improve hair health. When applied to the scalp, the red light penetrates the skin and reaches the hair follicles. It is believed to increase circulation, promote cellular activity, and enhance the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy source for cells. This stimulation of the hair follicles can potentially lead to improved hair growth, increased hair thickness, and a reduction in hair loss. Red light therapy is considered a safe and non-invasive treatment option for individuals experiencing hair loss or seeking to enhance the overall health and appearance of their hair. Consulting with a healthcare professional or dermatologist can provide more personalized information and guidance regarding red light therapy for hair.

How It Works

Red Light Therapy is a type of phototherapy. Phototherapy procedures use specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing. Red light is bioactive in humans, the body responds to it beneficially similar to how plants respond to sunlight. 

Research shows that LLLT stimulates circulation and promotes hair growth.  Red light penetrates through the skin to reach the base of the hair follicles, enhancing the cellular respiration process which allows the cells to function with more ease and efficiency.

According to a 2014 study, low-level laser therapy was safe and effective for hair growth in both men and women. In addition, a 2013 study involving males aged 18 to 48 showed that laser hair treatment provided a 39 percent increase in hair growth over a period of 16 weeks.

Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) has the following benefits:

●        Noninvasive

●        Painless

●        No side-effects

●        Increases hair strength, shine and caliber

●        In most cases regrows hair

How Long Does Red Light Therapy or LLLT Take?

At Ziering Medical we offer the Ziering Laser Cap. The ZCap should be worn 3 times a week for 30 minutes for the first 12 months of treatment. After that first year of laser therapy, patients are re-evaluated to determine the level of frequency required to maintain their results. The natural growth process begins at the cellular level, so it is very gradual. Just as hair loss doesn’t occur overnight, the hair regrowth process will also take some time. Results are unique for each patient.

If you are experiencing hair loss, LLLT may be an option for getting your hair healthy and growing again. If you do take this option, make sure to have it done only by professionals who have extensive experience.