Last weekend (Saturday April 14th, 2007), a very informative article on hair loss and the recently FDA-cleared laser hair therapy devices appeared in the Accent section of The Palm Beach Post here in South Florida. It gives a good synopsis of how laser therapy devices and in-office treatments fit in with the other non-invasive treatments (like Propecia and Minoxdil/Rogaine) as well as hair transplantation, similar to the recent story that appeared on NBC's TODAY show. The reporter interviewed one of our patients, April Carroll, who has been using a hand-held laser device for about a year, with excellent satisfaction. She's noticed quite an increase in the quality and quantity of hair with the laser treatments. Even her hair stylist, Alex Hussey of IAN Alexander Salon (Delray Beach, FL) has noticed the major improvement. At Bauman Medical, I've prescribed laser therapy for hair loss patients since 1999, and we have used a variety of laser devices for our patients. Today, I prescribe and dispense several types of hand-held lasers to our patients. The Erchonia "THL-1" is a cordless, rechargeable, hand-held medical device which delivers a complete scalp treatment FAST--in as little as 4 minutes--using a 'line-beam' laser diode configuration. The THL also has an onboard timer, with a 'pause' feature. At a cost of $3500, the THL is a significant investment which delivers many features. At this time, we also prescribe and dispense the Sunetics LaserBrush (~$400), which has soft bristles, 5 separate laser-diodes, and is cordless. The LaserBrush requires a 10-15 minute treatment time. Each of the hand-held laser treatments should be utilized two to three times per week. Increases in hair caliber and hair density are visible with a video-microscope at around ten weeks. For results visible on a photograph, however, you'll need to stick with the treatment for 6-12 months.
And, of course, we offer in-office Laser Therapy appointments in our relaxing new LaserSpa, overlooking the lake at Wharfside @ Boca Pointe in Boca Raton. At the office, we have a dedicated staff who can teach you how to 'get the most' out of your laser, by instructing you on its proper use as well as how (and when) to track your results. For more information on laser hair therapy and its use as part of hair growth regimen, visit www.baumanmedical.com or call 561-394-0024.