A new study carried out on mice has shown that a wearable device featuring 900 microlasers, can help to stimulate hair growth. Designed to be used for just 15 minutes each day, the device has so far shown to be very promising, providing potential hope for balding men in the future.
So, could a wearable device really be the future of hair loss treatment? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about this new device and the study so far.
What is the new wearable hair loss device?
The new device is essentially a 20 microns thick patch which is designed to be worn for 15 minutes a day. It is made up of 900 microlasers which are used to stimulate hair growth. Unlike traditional laser hair loss treatment, this device is a lot less powerful, making it a potentially much cheaper option for those suffering from hair loss. It can produce approximately 10 pulses of around 650-nm light every second. They chose red lighting because it is known to be the most effective at penetrating the skin.
Scientists currently believe that the patch could particularly benefit men who start to go bald before the age of 25.
Understanding the study
To test the device, Korean scientists shaved the backs of 12 mice before applying the device. Another four mice were given Minoxidil, while four mice received no treatment at all. After 20 days, the mice wearing the device showed significantly faster hair regrowth. The hair was also longer than it was for the mice who received Minoxidil.
More excitingly, the mice also showed no signs of inflammatory or thermal tissue damage, showing the device is safe to use for 15 minutes at a time. The researchers also believe as well as hair loss, the device could potentially be used to treat acne, lighten the skin and to aid in wound healing.
Could it be the future of hair loss treatments?
Although the results of the study do appear to be very promising, it still needs to be tested on humans to determine how effective this wearable hair loss device is. It is also worth keeping in mind that it isn’t going to be able to treat all types of hair loss.
There are so many potential causes of hair loss and while the device may prove effective at combatting premature balding, it’s unlikely to stop male pattern baldness completely. However, being able to slow it down would greatly help those who do start to go bald before the age of 25.
Those who are experiencing hair loss are advised to visit their GP to rule out any potential medical causes. Once those have been ruled out, you can book a consultation with a hair specialist to determine the cause. From there, an effective treatment plan can be created.
So, while we wait for new potential hair loss cures, there are effective treatment options that are wort exploring. The study referenced Minoxidil, a topical hair loss treatment that encourages hair growth.