Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of light to promote regeneration and reduce inflammation. The light is typically of narrow spectral width in the red or near infrared. It is typically applied for a minute or so, a few times a week for several weeks. Unlike other medical laser procedures, LLLT is not a heating or incinerating process, but rather a photochemical effect comparable to photosynthesis in plants whereby the light is absorbed and exerts a chemical change.
The phenomenon was first published by Endre Mester at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary in 1967 a few years after the first working laser was invented (Mester et al. 1967). Mester conducted an experiment to test if laser radiation might cause cancer in mice. He shaved the hair off their backs, divided them into two groups and irradiated one group with a low powered ruby laser. The treatment group did not get cancer and to his surprise, the hair grew back more quickly than the untreated group. He called this “Laser Biostimulation”.*
In human’s laser therapy is able to assist hair regrowth however on its own is not a cure for baldness. At Clive Clinics we recommend laser treatment in conjunction with our Personalised Programmes, Home Formulae and Clinic Treatments.