Laser light therapy was FDA approved for the treatment of alopecia in men in 2007, and later for women in 2009. This non UV light, non radiation treatment uses two wavelengths of light including red and green. Research points to efficacy for improvement in the number/ density of follicles, thickness of individual hair shaft diameter, and restoration of dormant follicles into an active growth phase.
North Atlanta Hair Restoration offers the NEOLTS Red and Green Laser Light Therapy. The standard in- office treatment is twice weekly, with sessions lasting 25 minutes for the first six weeks and then twice monthly thereafter for the next 3 to 6 months. Maintenance theraphy includes at minimum one time per month, however improved results are noted with more frequent sessions.
The light source is applied while you either sit or lay down and the procedure is painless. Typical results are noted after 3 months and maintenance is required to provide long term results.
Laser Light therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with hair restoration surgery. When used following hair restoration therapy it promotes early growth and survival of the transplanted hairs.
Women are excellent candidates for Laser Light Therapy prior to planned hair restoration surgery to prevent shedding of follicles after hair restoration surgery which is much more common in women compared to men. It is also an effective tool when used alone in women to improve density/ decreased shedding. Laser light therapy is not likely to be useful in individuals with long- term and progressive balding or in individuals with contraindications for use of laser therapy such as in those with skin cancer. It is otherwise a safe and potentially effective treatment for alopecia, though results may vary.