Can low level laser therapy be used with other treatments for hair loss?
The simple answer is yes. Low level lasers (also known as cold lasers) have been proven to help with hair loss. They work by increasing microcirculation in the scalp and stimulating healing of damaged cells and tissue, which improves the health of the hair follicles. This leads to thicker hair and in many cases, more hair density over the scalp.
But can you use it with other hair treatments? Other well proven hair loss treatments available include finasteride pills (brand name: Propecia™), minoxidil topical scalp treatments (brand name: Rogaine™), platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into the scalp, and some shampoos. Fortunately, low level laser treatments (such as laser caps or in-office lasers) have no side effects to their use. They don’t interact with any of these common hair loss treatments. And like in so many other areas of medicine, use of 2 different types of treatments to combat one condition, often can lead to enhanced results.
A nice combination for most people is to use a laser cap for regular stabilization of hair loss, which means it stops the ongoing hair loss, while also using another treatment such as minoxidil or PRP, to work in combination to stimulate thicker, denser hair growth. I review the medical research regularly, and there are not a lot of studies that look at these combination approaches. But in our hair loss clinic, we do see enhanced results when people are able to combine treatments.