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Can laser treatment stimulate hair growth?

Light therapy can stimulate hair growth and the use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to promote hair growth through ‘photo-biostimulation’ of the hair follicles is becoming increasingly common. This type of treatment uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes to help people reverse the problem of hair loss.

However, if the objective of laser treatment is to remove hair and stop it growing back, stimulation of hair growth is clearly the opposite of what the patient wants. And if the energy used during a laser hair removal treatment is insufficient to damage the hair follicle, this is precisely what might happen.

The stimulation rather than destruction of hair growth is a particular problem in clinics which do not have the correct technology to treat dark skin types, but which still try to treat them. These clinics must use their technology on very low settings so as not to damage the skin. At The Angel Laser Clinic, practitioners have a thorough understanding of skin types and how to select the optimal settings for each and every patient. They use the long pulsed Nd:YAG laser for Asian skin and dark skin. This is the most effective and safest laser technology on the market.

When patients have light induced hair growth, the treatment protocol at The Angel Laser Clinic is to use the double pass technique. This consists of passing the laser over the treatment area once, and then revisiting the same area one minute later. Female patients with fine hair growth on the face are particularly difficult to treat.  With these clients we place cold packs adjacent to the area being treated to prevent hair growth being induced in these other areas.

For more information about safe laser hair removal in north London, contact us at our laser clinic in Highbury and Islington.