Red Light Therapy For Hair Loss Prevention & Hair Growth

In 2007, the FDA approved the first hand-held red-light therapy (RLT) device as a treatment for mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss in men. In 2009, the FDA approved a similar device to treat both men and women. Alopecia affects 50% of males over the age of 40, 75% of females over 65, and more than half the population worldwide. Red-light therapy has also been used in the treatment of female pattern hair loss, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium (stress-related hair loss), and hair loss related to post-transplantation surgery.

Hair loss & red-light therapy

Studies have shown that red-light therapy can actually stimulate hair growth and slow hair loss by increasing the hair follicle’s metabolism. RLT may also help trigger stem cells in the hair follicle, shifting them to a growth phase. The light frequency we use at ShiftSetGo is set to the wavelength that is absorbed by the hair follicles.

Conditions that have the most success with red-light therapy

There are numerous causes of hair loss, including autoimmune issues, severe illness, iron deficient anemia, thyroid disease, malnutrition, and chronic illness.  Hair loss that is a result of the following conditions is most likely to respond to red-light therapy:

  • Surgery
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Menopause
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Certain cases of alopecia

How long does it take to see results?

The best results are typically achieved when the treatment is started early, however, as long as there are viable cells, red-light therapy can have a favorable effect.

The timeline for results is difficult to accurately predict as it is dependent on numerous variables involved. The average person will see the beginning of growth in approximately 6 months of regular sessions. However, the hair loss will slow down and stop much sooner.