LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY / HAIR GROWTH
Laser Therapy and Hair GrowthChanges in hair growth after application of a laser was first noted by researcher Endre Mester in Hungary back in the 1960’s.
For more than fifteen years, dozens of various laser devices have been used to effect changes in hair follicles. Initially described in a prominent low level laser therapy textbook in just several sentences (literally, almost a footnote), the use of lasers in the field of hair restoration recently ‘hit the mainstream’ in January of 2007 when the United States Food and Drug Administration gave its ‘clearance’ to the first medical device to promote hair growth—taking its place amongst the other FDA-approved therapies (Propecia/finasteride and Rogaine/minoxidil) for the treatment of hair loss. While it took over eight years for this particular device to achieve this particular clearance, as predicted, many other laser devices have achieved ‘approval’ or, more accurately, ‘clearance’ from the FDA over the years.Since 1999, Dr. Bauman has researched and utilized numerous in-office clinical lasers as well as hand-held laser therapy devices in his hair restoration practice and has successfully performed thousands of treatments with this exciting modality which is non-chemical and non-invasive.
Today, Dr. Bauman is proud to recommended devices manufactured by Nutreve as well as the original, handsfree, powerful and portableLaserCap.
FDA Clears Laser Device for Hair Growth
This month, the FDA gave ‘clearance’ for the first Low Level Laser Therapy device for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (male pattern hair loss). After starting clinical trials years ago, this has been a long-awaited “clearance” and certainly a significant milestone for the manufacturer, as well as the entire laser therapy industry. At Bauman Medical, we’ve used laser therapy in the treatment of hair loss since 1999, initially with only in-office or “hood”-type treatments. We have prescribed and dispensed hand-held lasers ‘for cosmetic use’ dating back prior to 2002 and continue to do so. Recently, when our “Follicle Five” participated in Dateline NBC’s ‘hair-growth challenge,’ we prescribed a hand-held laser to one of the patients–who was noted to have ‘substantial hair growth’ from the therapy by an independent, ‘blinded’ physician evaluator after six and twelve months. Over the years, we have added several different lasers to our practice (including a variety of hand-helds, in-office devices and hands-free units). For more information on Dr. Bauman’s use of low level laser therapy for hair loss, hand-helds, hands-free or in-office treatments, email Email Dr. Bauman or call 1-561-394-0024.
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VIDEO: CBS News/Dr. Sean reports on Low Level Laser Therapy
Download the FDA’s 510(k) Summary of the first laser to receive clearance for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss).
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Portable Low Level Laser Therapy Device Comparison Chart
Often, I am asked by patients and physicians the differences between treatments, medications, procedures, medical and cosmetic devices. As part of a recent lecture on Low Level Laser Therapy given at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s Annual Live Surgery Workshop in Orlando, Florida and to other physician groups, I presented a small sampling of the features that several of the Low Level Laser Device companies distribute. The data was collected from each of the companies’ various literature on their devices, including their FDA clearance status. Each patient and physician should decide for themselves which features, functions, classifications and clearances are important. Here is one of the charts presented.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY / PHOTOBIOMODULATION
The effect of light energy on biologic systems has been studied since man first realized that sunlight was a critical component for plant growth. With the invention of the first laser in the 1960’s, scientists have been studying the effects of non-burning, non-cutting lasers (low-level lasers) on cellular functions. Low level lasers have been noted to have up-regulating as well as down-regulating effects on various cell functions, depending on variables such as wavelength, power, treatment time, frequency of treatments, and others. The effect of low level laser light on cells is commonly referred to in the scientific literature as Photobiomodulation.One of the earliest scientists, Endre Mester, observed accelerated wound healing effects from treatment with low level laser therapy in rats. In the past forty years, there have been over 3000 scientific articles published in the field of low level laser therapy, and low level lasers have been used worldwide in many fields of medicine, including pain management, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, veterinary medicine, wound care, dentistry, cosmetic/plastic surgery, and others.As the cost of semiconductor laser diodes has dropped, their use in medical devices has exponentially increased, in addition to their therapeutic applications. Both health professionals and patients alike appreciate the benefits that low level laser therapy is a non-chemical, non-invasive treatment with no side effects. Judging from our own patients’ results, LLLT seems to have had a noticeably positive effect on the quality of hair growth with both our surgical and non surgical patients.
We have also applied LLLT as a healing accelerator for our post-operative surgical hair restoration patients and found this therapy to aid the healing process.
Laser Therapy Hand-Held in Robb Report
Erchonia THL-1: “The Hair Laser” was featured in Robb Report’s Luxury Home magazine in the Fall of 2007. For more information on how to purchase or use the THL-1 for thicker, fuller and healthier looking hair, please call 561-394-0024 or emailEmail Dr. Bauman
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