January 27 2006, 2:33 pm PT | Posted in: Other
Update: We are constantly asked about the effects of Low Laser Light Therapy (LLLT) for hair loss. A man who used the laser on our office showed me the impact of the laser on his hair with before and after pictures. He went to a company called Laser Hair Solutions, which uses a proprietary laser (we have one in our Los Angeles office) and a series of solutions which are religiously applied to the scalp. Minoxidil is one of the agents in the solutions that are applied to the scalp. I would like to say that I can tell which of the treatment solutions worked to increase the evident thickness shown in the photographs, but knowing that minoxidil alone could do it (a 3-15% chance of good growth with minoxidil alone), I can not attribute the benefits completely to the laser or to the minoxidil. I have reviewed a substantial number of publications (mostly European) on LLLT, and there is a good basis to show that LLLT does increase blood supply. Possibly when LLLT is added to Minoxidil, there is an additive effect. With that said, the results on this one patient are quite remarkable in just 90 days of using the combined treatment. Again one might ask, would the same effect have occurred with either the laser or minoxidil alone? This man was thrilled and only noted that ‘the’ treatment worked.
The below 1st set of photos were taken on October 10, 2005 before laser treatment. Click the photos to enlarge.
The below 2nd set of photos were taken on January 9, 2006 after laser treatment. Although I did not take these photos, a comparable set of photos were taken by me which essentially show the same effect as those taken on January 9th. I am comfortable that the photographs show what this man saw and is not a trick of the camera or lighting. Click the photos to enlarge.