Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Dallas
In the past LLLT required a patient to come to the office to sit under a laser device multiple times a week. These inconvenient visits would ultimately lead to failure to achieve any significant results because it was impossible to be reasonably compliant with these regular visits. In addition, these devices weretechnologically inferior to what can be offered today with home-unit devices that provide a far easier and more cost-effective long-term solution. The device Dr. Lam recommends can be hidden under a standard baseball capand should be worn approximately 20 minutes 3 times a week to achieve the desired hair-growth results. In fact, you can be conducting your daily affairs easily while wearing the laser cap. For example, you can be driving, cooking, watching television, reading in bed, or even walking without being obvious that you are wearing a laser device. Dr. Lam sells both wired (with a cable to a portable battery pack) and wireless (battery pack hidden within the device) versions and can discuss with you which device may be better for you.
This photo shows the type of laser device that Dr. Lam believes provides the most uniform and favorable results in patients who are losing hair. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can be effectively combined with surgery or other medical therapies for optimal reversal of many hair-loss conditions.
Wired LLLT device shown here The way that LLLT works is that the device emits a cold laser light that is very safe in the wavelength of 600 to 650 nm used to trigger the hair to start growing. LLLT is now FDA approved and clinically shown in multi-institutional, double blind, quantitative, and qualitative studies to be effective in promoting hair growth and reducing hair loss. Once the unit is purchased, it can offer a lifetime of ongoing therapy.
Laser therapy is effective in both men and women with no real side effects. Since LLLT works through a different pathway to restore lost hair, it can complement other therapies, such as minoxidil and/or finasteride or it can be an effective standalone method to combat hair loss. It should be remembered that these types of therapies are intended only for cases where hair is thinning or miniaturizing. Once hair is completely gone, the laser will be generally less effective. In these cases, surgery is the preferred method for hair restoration. However, like other medical therapies, LLLT can be used alongside surgery: hair-transplant surgery can restore lost hair and LLLT can be used to reverse thin or miniaturized hair. In addition, LLLT can be restarted the day after surgery to help improve surgical graft growth, both for consistency and speed of results. If someone is contemplating a surgical hair transplant, Dr. Lam advises to consider starting before surgery and quickly resuming LLLT after the procedure.
This male patient is shown before and after just a few months of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with notable reduction of his hair loss.
This female patient is shown before and after just a few months of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with improvement in her central density and hairline.
There are many LLLT devices on the market today but most of them have shortcomings that Dr. Lam believes will compromise your results. For example, comb devices suffer from the need to constantly brush them through the scalp that can be tiring and thereby result in less compliance. Further, these devices do not evenly distribute laser therapy to the entire scalp in a uniform and sustained manner. Some laser models do not offer true laser therapy but only light therapy that has been shown to be far less effective than controlled lasers. Dr. Lam only offers the very best technology available on the market and does so far below retail prices to encourage every patient with hair loss to start and maintain laser therapy if possible. After a detailed consultation with Dr. Lam and his team will you see whether LLLT is the right choice for you.