At home laser devices have grown increasingly popular as patients seek out treatments they can perform themselves at home. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a non-chemical, non-invasive way to enhance cellular function. Different wavelengths (colors) of laser light have been shown to have a positive effect on the body and have such varied applications as enhancing wound healing, reducing chronic pain, body slimming, facial rejuvenation as well as hair growth.
In addition to the FDA approved at home laser devices, like the HairMax LaserComb discussed on The Doctors today, some physicians offer LLLT in office. Some specific devices have been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss and the word is that there are more on the way.
In Office LLLT System Results
While some feel that the new portable laser devices are making laser therapy easier and more convenient than ever before, others are concerned about their effectiveness. According to Dr. Alan Bauman, world renowned hair loss specialist, it isn't a change in the device efficacy, rather it's a change in patient follow through. "Patients often don't follow guidelines with at-home devices as they do for treatments they get from their physician."
Further, small handheld lasers like the HairMax are limited by the amount of area the beam covers whereas physician offices offer the LaserCap, which covers the entire head and can be worn while walking, jogging, cycling or driving. The LaserCap is only available through a physician however, while the HairMax LaserComb can be purchased online. Also, according to the company website, the LaserCap is not yet fully FDA cleared, it is currently in pre-clinical trials, whereas the HairMax is already approved to treat hair loss in men.
The HairMax costs $495 and is used 3 times per week, 10-15 minutes per treatment while the LaserCap is used is 30 minutes every other day. The LaserCap however is only available after a comprehensive medical consultation by a board-certified hair doctor and tracking using HairCheck, hair-caliber/hair density measurements and digital photos every 90 days.
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is one of only approximately 100 board-certified Diplomates of the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery worldwide. Recent lectures have included Eyelash Transplantation, Bimatoprost for Eyelash Growth (Latisse), Low Level Laser Therapy and Follicular-Unit Extraction. For more information about these hair loss treatments and tests, visit Dr. Bauman's website at www.lasercap.info.