Cold laser therapy is a medical term that is often used interchangeably with phototherapy
and low level laser therapy. Although Albert Einstein first conceptualized lasers in the early 1900s, it was not until the 1960s that they were adopted in medicine. Cold laser technology has evolved significantly since that time, giving way to a wide array of advanced laser products that physicians recommend as treatment for various medical conditions. From rheumatoid arthritis to lower back pain and hair loss, cold lasers have a broad range of medical applications that are eagerly being pursued by some of the world’s foremost surgeons, engineers, and medical institutions.
More on Cold Laser Therapy. To learn more, read this brief history of cold laser therapy
How Do Cold Lasers Work?
When it comes to treating hair loss with a cold laser therapy device, there are 3 important concepts to know and understand.
1. The Derma Papilla (DP) runs the show.
Medical professionals have long known the importance of the DP in sustaining a natural hair growth cycle. Located at the bottom of each hair follicle, the DP is known to house the building blocks that drive natural hair growth. However, these essential cells are sometimes shut down due to stress, genetics, hair miniaturization, excessive DHT on the scalp, or any number of other factors known to cause hair loss.
2. As DP shuts down, so does hair growth.
Hair follicles simply cannot sustain a normal growth cycle without a healthy, fully functional DP. Hair loss physicians see this firsthand when examining the scalp of someone who suffers with pattern baldness. As baldness progresses, the total number of dysfunctional DP increases. However, cold lasers are thought to reawaken dormant hair follicles by way of phototherapy, or LLLT.
3. Phototherapy appears to deliver a wakeup call.
Researchers believe phototherapy induces cellular metabolism within the hair follicle, a phenomenon that might help to resuscitate the derma papilla (DP) at the base of each hair follicle. In this way, low level laser energy from a cold laser medical product might nourish the DP so it regains its ability to support a normal hair growth cycle.
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