Infra-red and Ultra-violet Light Treatments - Hair Loss treatment

These two procedures offer a non-surgical approach to the issue of hair loss. They work by using light rays to target the area to be treated with the aim of stimulating the follicles in that area to produce new hair growth.

This all sounds well and good but evidence shows that these procedures tend to work best for patients with mild hair loss only.

So, if you are suffering from genetic related male pattern baldness then these might not be the best option for you. Increasing the blood circulation in the scalp with the aim of adding extra nutrients to the follicles sounds like a good idea and in some cases it has worked. But, it is not a ‘cure-all’ for all types of hair loss and this includes hereditary male pattern baldness.

Your best option is to speak to your GP to see if either of these procedures is suitable for your type of hair loss. If not then he/she will able to recommend an alternative.

What are infra-red and UV light treatments?

These are both forms of light waves which are safe, non-invasive and do not burn the exposed scalp. The doctor targets these light waves at a bald area on your scalp which warms the skin thereby increasing blood circulation. The rationale behind this is that this increased blood flow will transport oxygen and nutrients to the follicles to initiate hair growth.

The aim is to reduce the resting stage and increase the hair growth stage in the hair growth/loss cycle.

The treatment takes around 15 to 30 minutes depending on the extent of the areas to be treated. You will not feel any pain or discomfort during this procedure.

Who is a good candidate for these treatments?

Unfortunately, not everyone is suitable for infra-red or UV light treatment. If you have a mild form of hair loss then there is a good chance that these treatments will be of some benefit although that doesn’t apply to everyone. But if you have moderate or severe hair loss then this treatment may not be the best option.

What are the results of infra-red and UV treatments?

These treatments can result in re-growth in around 50% of patients but this varies between individuals. Some people find that they have patchy or thinned hair growth whereas others find that their re-growth is temporary only.

Where they are very effective is in stopping further hair loss. If your hair loss is caught at an early stage then they can prevent further loss in around 90% of patients.

Talk to your GP or a trichologist about these treatments. He or she will determine the cause of your hair loss and decide whether you would benefit from these types of treatment.

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