These photos were sent to me by Dr. Richard Burgmeier in Arizona who had a patient with Alopecia Totalis that failed to respond to treatment for many years. Dr. Burgmeier said:
- “The patient is sixteen years of age and had the problem since the age of twelve. She has seen different doctors and has tried multiple treatments with no improvement. She started the Laser (LLLT) in November 2005 and at the same time started Joe Soaza’s protocol which included L-Tyrosine 3 pills in morning 2 at night and minoxidil 5% twice a day after showering. Since November 2005 she has been getting treatments with the Laser for 20 minutes twice a week. The patient is very excited with this treatment. This is the best treatment she has tried. It is the only treatment that has stimulated hair growth over her entire scalp. The patient stated “This is the most hair I have had in 2 years.” She has had problems with eczema over her scalp that has completely resolved since her treatments started.
We currently have 10 other patients that have been using the Laser Hair Care System 20 minutes twice a week for the past 6-8 weeks. So far every one of these patients have been very happy with results. These other patients have only been treated with the laser.”
It is clear to me that the results in a very short time frame were beyond what Dr. Burgmeier had expected. Like our last blog entry for the laser therapy, Laser Treatment (LLLT) for Hair Loss (with Photos), there were multiple therapies used, but clearly the results were spectacular for the early treatment of this combined therapy. Dr. Burgmeier feels that the laser treatment has great value based upon his experience with it. If this patient continues with this type of gain, we all hope that much more of her hair will return. A bald female at 16 needs all the help and luck she can get. The relationship with the laser and the cause of its benefit is not clear from a scientific basis. I would have liked to see the treatments added with one therapy and then a second therapy separated over time so that their incremental value would be more directly evident. Then we might know which treatment actually produced the benefit you see here. Is there hope for this young girl? Frankly, I am a perpetual optimist, so I hope for her sake that she will continue with the growth, covering a wider and wider area. I will get follow-up pictures on her in the next few months and post them here. What I would hopefully see is that these small islands of hair will grow larger and then merge together to appear like a full head of hair (ideal result, of course). Click the photos below to enlarge.