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LLLT or Low Level Laser Therapy has been variously known in the medical profession
as photobiomodulation, cold laser therapy and laser biostimulation used in both human
and animal treatment of certain health and medical tissue conditions using low powered
lasers or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).
In simpler terms, it’s about a treatment technique using light therapy. The technique
has its roots in the mid 60s and have been documented to stimulate as well as inhibit
certain functions at the cellular level with promising effect in treating neck pains,
tendrinopathies and osteoarthritis. It has been harnessed in cosmetic applications
like treating varicose veins and certain skin disorders as well as inducing hair
growth in balding patients.
How Does It Work?
As concentrated monochromatic light beams of specific wavelengths and electromagnetic
radiation, Lasers have been down to drill holes in thick steel and concrete at high
intensities. In medicine, low intensity lasers are used at intensities ranging from
5 to 500 milliwatts with laser surgery starting at 300 milliwatts.
It has been shown that certain light wavelengths, particularly in the red end of
the light spectrum and fired at certain low enough intensities or irradiance provided
by LED, laser and other monochromatic light sources have effects on skin and tissue
regeneration, pain management and inflammation control.
The main physiological benefits often center on the cellular level like up-regulating
and down-regulating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, nitric oxide and reactive
oxygen species action.
In particular, the mitochondria in cells have been shown to absorb red light that
increases ATP production which translates to healthier cells. In addition, LLLT’s
biostimulation action also initiates cell functions that promote healing like enzyme
production, cell growth increase and collagen production which hasten would healing
and prevents tissue scarring.
The same stimulating action is used in inducing hair growth by stimulating blood
Is It Good?
The first studies into LLLT was done by Endre Mester in the Hungary’s Semmelweis
University to look into the effect of laser light on skin cancer and from whose studies
the medical technique has evolved to further its clinical benefits in treating other
disorders, notably pain relief in the neck region, non-specific low back pains and
has been used to effect faster healing of skin wounds, early leprosy, osteoarthritis,
varicose vein management and male pattern baldness.
In 2007, LLLT was given FDA clearance for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia,
indicating its effective and safe application to treat the condition. There are
now a number of consumer devices from leading healthcare companies that harness LLLT
principles like laser combs that claim to enjoy FDA approval.
Any Side Effects?
While treatment can be achieved in certain medical problems, bruising and cellulitis
are potential side effect. The exact mechanism is yet being studied and can be controversial
but there is common consensus emerging that it is more a photochemical process more
than anything. Factors such as beam penetration, wavelength, effect dose and dose
rate, pulses of pea power and repetition rates remain superficially understood in
many clinical studies.
Further clinical studies are being conducted not only to confirm its therapeutic
value but to ascertain specific adverse side effects, if any.