Reviving the Mitochondria: The Goal of Laser Hair Therapy

Reviving the Mitochondria: The Goal of Laser Hair Therapy

April 27, 2016. Filed under Hairloss and Recovery . No Comments

If you are contemplating undergoing Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to treat or prevent hair loss, you may find yourself reaching for a bottle of aspirin after a few hours of perusing the Internet. Certain devices proclaim their divine power seemingly shouting from Mount Olympus, while other gadgets focus on displaying a horrendous number of lasers or advertise their unbelievably cheap prices as an asset. With an overload of confusing information, it’s easy to become lost in a sea of flashy logos and numbers, and shy away from your quest of finding the optimal LLLT device.

In truth, the most important factor to take into account is unlikely to be listed in the features of an LLLT device. What if we told you that the one true goal laser hair therapy was to revive the mitochondria of hair cells? You’d probably laugh it off (and perhaps pretend that you knew what we were talking about). In reality, you are wasting both your time and your money with LLLT if the above criterion is not met.

So first, what are we referring to when we speak of mitochondria? If you know your biology, you know the answer. If not, no need to fret or enlist back into school– all human cells (including hair cells) need energy to function optimally, which is generated by organelles we call mitochondria. Think of anything that requires energy to function, such as your car: it won’t get you anywhere without a proper engine. So while being on the topic of school (if that’s now part of your plan), pretend you’re taking one of those confusing word association tests and fill out the following statement: “Engines are to cars like blank are to hair cells”. If you’ve just written mitochondria, great job: you get a star. A hair cell without any mitochondria is pretty much useless.

You may have started putting two and two together. If you’re suffering from hair loss, then your hair cells aren’t functioning optimally; if your hair cells are compromised, then it’s the mitochondria’s fault. While you may be also partially to blame for the organelles’ suffering, one truth remains: to reverse hair loss at a cellular level, the mitochondria must be resuscitated, revived, a.k.a.– brought back to life.

But again, “Revives Mitochondria! Buy NOW” is unlikely to be splattered across the web page you’ve ended up on while Searching for the Optimal LLLT Device– and certainly not for gimmicks that were once combs in their past life. For the most part, typical information you’re likely to read involves a number of diode lasers (or sometimes even pitiful LEDs, which you should view immediately as a red flag), along with a certain treatment time thrown into a mix of glorious adjectives. If you’re lucky, or perhaps if you make the right enquiries, you may come across other more pertinent information such as wavelength and power output. Even then, where does that fit into our cellular tale of resuscitation?

The point is that every LLLT unit has a certain number of variables that together have the possibility to indeed bring these mitochondria back from the dead. You just need to give them the right energy dosage– just like you would treat any other type of ailment with a precise dose of medicine. Amongst these pertinent variables is adequate treatment time; so should you stumble across a contraption advertising short treatment time (i.e.– 4 to 30 seconds, like certain bands and combs), remember to view it immediately as a red flag.

There’s no going around the working together part when it comes to these scientific variables. Think about it: which LLLT device would work best: 1) one that outputs 500 mW of power for a treatment time of 20 minutes or 2) one that outputs 250 mW of power for 40 minutes?

If you’re frowning, again, you get a star (and you may not need to return to school after all). Indeed, since energy is simply power multiplied by time, the two scenarios above end up delivering the same amount of energy to your hair cells. That’s why it’s important to select an LLLT device that is manufactured using rigorous scientific standards and that focuses on what is required to revive the mitochondria of hair cells. With the correct power output, wavelength and treatment time, coherent laser light will penetrate the scalp at the required depth and irradiate the base of hair follicles with an optimal amount of energy. Hurray– your mitochondria is now saved!

A likely scenario when it comes to hair loss is that your hair follicles are no longer receiving an adequate blood supply of nutrients (and yes, nutrients is equivalent to energy). So with LLLT, the heart and soul of your hair cells becomes fully functional, and your hair cells (and consequentially your hair follicles) can now receive the energy of which they have been deprived. Indeed: light energy gets converted into chemical energy which can now fuel the prosperous and healthy growth of your hair.

Feel free to skip the Internet headaches and save on aspirin costs. With its 80 proprietary lasers optimized at a wavelength of 678 nm, the Theradome LH80 PRO delivers an optimal dosage of energy straight to the root of the problem (literally and figuratively). Twenty minutes of a single treatment irradiates the base of hair follicles and revives their irreplaceable source of energy: the Great and Powerful Mitochondria.

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