Today, laser light therapy is a proven and legitimate treatment for hair loss which Dr. Epstein has been offering his patients for a number of years. Both the LaserCap and Capillus devices are the gold standards, as they contain 200+ laser diodes, providing the critical coherent beams as a direct source of laser light, in a discreet cap that goes over the scalp, ensuring the maximum laser energy contact with the scalp. That means patients can receive the maximal stimulation of each hair follicle at a higher level than that provided by hand-held lasers, and be able to get this therapy from the comfort and privacy of home.
Studies have shown that Laser Light Therapy stops the progression of hair loss in an impressive 85% of patients, while almost 40% of patients show an increase in hair density within 16 weeks, due to the thickening of finer miniaturized hairs.
These therapies are best provided through physicians experienced in laser light therapy, who can not only properly evaluate the patient, oversee the treatment and make recommendations for therapy, but also to follow patients to determine the efficacy of the treatment and to recommend other potential treatments. Used privately in the comfort of home, these laser devices are completely painless and safe. Recommended use is three times a week for 30 minutes, then after 6 to 12 months, down to twice a week.
Low level laser light therapy
LLLT- is an effective treatment for hair loss in both men and women, where it can help slow down the gradual progression of hair loss, stop shedding, and in some cases help to restore hair density by reversing the miniaturization of hairs to make for a fuller look. Dr. Epstein regularly recommends LLLT, where he has found it to be effective in 60-70% of patients, based on its use on over 1,000 of his patients. It is most effective for slowing down or even stopping altogether shedding and active hair loss in pre and post menopausal women as well as younger men. These results are based not only upon observation of is patients, but also confirmed by a study on LLLT performed on the Foundation’s patients, which found a 60-70% efficacy with regular (three times a week) usage over a six month period. Compared to Propecia/finasteride, LLLT has no risk of sexual side effects, and seems to be more effective in the frontal /hairline part of the scalp. In women, Propecia is not to be used, thus LLLT is an excellent therapy that can be used in conjunction with minoxidil (Rogaine®) or on its own.
LLLT helps patients in the following ways:
- To help slow down and stop active shedding in men and women
- To speed up the healing after a hair transplant
- To help thicken existing hair, providing patients with a fuller appearance of hair density in men and women
All of these benefits are achieved without any adverse side effects, proving the safety and efficacy of LLLT.
How LLLT Works: by increasing blood flow overall to the scalp, and directly stimulating the mitochondria (energy centers) of the hair follicles, increasing cellular activity and strengthening hair growth. The result is a stabilization and an actual potential reversal of the hair loss process, helping turn miniaturized hairs into stronger “terminal” hairs.
While it does not work for all individuals, LLLT is definitely effective in 60-70% of patients.
The LaserCap and Capillus devices are shaped like a dome and fit comfortably and discreetly in almost any hat. It is easy to use, is hands-free and portable. Powered by a small belt-clip battery pack, the devices can be worn just about anywhere: at home, in the car, at the office, even while walking. With its 224 low-level true lasers for both maximum efficacy and hair and scalp coverage, it is designed to target the entire treatment area throughout the session. The PowerPack can be charged with a standard wall outlet. A 3-year warranty for the LaserCap covers any defects or faults in craftsmanship from the manufacturer. It also comes with a 1 year money-back guarantee (less 25% restocking fee).
The treatment protocol typically consists of the following, however, as each person responds differently to therapy, an individual’s treatment regimen may vary somewhat based upon evaluations at the end of each phase.
- Phase 1: three treatments per week, each lasting 20-30 minutes, for the first 6 months.
- Phase 2: two treatments per week for the next 6 months.
- Phase 3 (maintenance): one treatment per week after.
How LLLT is offered by the Foundation for Hair Restoration
Patients have two options- at home devices and in office
In terms of convenience, nothing can beat the use of one of these at-home devices, two of which provide the same dose of laser light energy as the in-office device. These two devices carried by us which we recommend are the LaserCap® and the Capillus®. The third device, the iGrow®, is more cost-effective, and while it doesn’t deliver the same laser energy and is not portable like the LaserCap and the Capillus, it can be effective in many individuals.
Here at the Foundation, we have the Revage 670, which utilizes the same technology and similar laser light energy as the LaserCap and Capillus. All hair transplant patients are provided at no charge one month of in-office LLLT therapy in the Miami office after a hair transplant procedure. In addition, some patients choose to utilize the in-office device rather than purchasing an at-home unit if they live close to the office and can come by twice to three times a week.
Interested in Learning More About our Laser Light Caps?
Email [email protected] to speak with our laser light specialist in consultation with our doctors. We stand by our recommendations, and only want our patients to obtain the best results. Feel free to make an appointment in Dr. Epstein’s and Dr. Bared’s South Miami or NYC office to meet with the doctor.
It should be noted that, simultaneous with laser therapy, patients are encouraged to follow medical and nutritional guidelines for enhancing hair growth. These recommendations can be provided by our office. In addition, along the treatment course, it may be determined that other therapies and possibly hair transplantation is indicated, in light of the patient’s goals and response to the treatment.
Real Patient Testimonial
Thanks for getting back to me. I realized after I emailed you that your area is the laser treatment. My fault.
I think it’s going well. I’ve been using the cap three times a week since September. My family has noticed a difference the few times I’ve seen them since I started. I’ll reach out to the office to schedule an appointment. Hope to catch up with you in a few months.
Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. We’ve been away from home. Things seem to be going well. I think the hair loss has slowed down and perhaps even a bit of thickening of what I do have. I most certainly will continue with the laser cap and hope for continued success. Thank you for checking in on me and for all your help. I really appreciate it!
I am a 75 year old Caucasian woman with great, thick, naturally curly hair which I color & have blown dry twice a week. My hair is “my thing”. About 6 to 9 months ago, I noticed a slight bald spot in the part of my hair & in the front right & left of my forehead. Most distressing. I sent away for & used every product out there, to no avail. I also stopped coloring my hair for 3 months & that didn’t help. Finally I went to see a plastic surgeon Dr. Epstein who had done hair transplantation on his brother (who is my dentist) & who had taught transplantation to his other brother who is a doctor. This doctor told me there were 3 things one can do BEFORE going thru transplantation.
- They take your blood, spin it & inject it back in your scalp to encourage growth.
- Rogaine. I had worked for Kevis, an Italian product & I know you can never stop taking it & I didn’t Want the side effects
- Red light laser in a cap form.
Ananth who works with Dr. Epstein told me how to use it: Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 20 minutes. I have been using the Laser cap for 5 weeks & I saw immediate results. My bald spot is GONE & where my hair was receding I have baby hair. So the hair loss has filled in & stopped I am thrilled. Worth every penny. No drugs, no surgery.
I came to see Dr. Epstein in Feb 2011, he provided me with a thorough analysis of my hair restoration options and benefits. I decided to start on six months of laser light therapy. I visited the office twice a week for treatments of 30 mins in length. The office staff were very accommodating and flexible with my schedule. The process and therapy went well throughout the program, patience is important with the program. Towards the end of the six months the therapy yielded good results, I saw my hair become thicker and losing hair was dramatically decreased. I would recommend the laser light therapy program for individuals who are looking at hair restoration options. – Raul
The laser cap itself is unreal. It has only been two months and I am already seeing great results. It is worth every penny. Please thank Dr. Epstein for his advice. I should have taken it two years ago. Thank you again for taking the time to ask for an update.
All the best.
Dave USING THE LASERCAP
Good to hear from you ! I remember that you were going to get in touch about this time …
Let me Tell you where I am at with it all… The Laser Cap is producing very Good Results so Far .. I am very Pleased with it as I am definitely not losing ANY more Hair and even seem to be getting better Coverage … Hopefully I will continue to have even better Results as time Passes !!!
The Biggest Thing happening in my World right now is that My Wife is pregnant with our First Child 🙂 … We will be expecting in December and Very Much Looking forward to all that is Coming with Being Parents …
So the way that I am looking at this is – Because the laser Cap is providing such Good Results and with The Baby taking Precedence Right now , I am Keen to Postpone this Surgery … I can tell you that it is still Something that I very Much want to Have Done as my Hair is Important to me .. But if I can continue to Enjoy what the Laser Cap is doing for me and Have time to Focus my Funds on my Family Right now – I know that I can look at the Hair TX Surgery as something down the Road .. And I am Certain that It Would be with Dr.Epstein as I have received such Great Correspondence and Care from his Staff ( You ) and know his Qualifications to be Top Notch ..
So thats Where I am at .. What do you Think ?
Nice to Hear from you ,
Jason, USING THE LASERCAP
Dear Dr. Epstein- I want to tell you how great my results have been since I started using the LaserCap just 6 weeks ago. Within 3 weeks, my rapid shedding- that was freaking me out, you remember- slowed down, thanks to you. I took your advice on other things I could be doing, but clearly the laser is what is helping most. My family has already noticed that my hair looks better- and I definitely look a lot happier. Thank you again and again.
Mariana USING THE LASER CAP
How are you today, hopefully you are doing great!
I love the Laser cap, I know I just started using it however, I can tell it is working, there already are some very short stubs about 1/2 millimeter long. You have to shine a bright flash light on them at an angle to see…in some spots, and in other spots there are easily visible as they are longer, about 1.5 millimeters or even 2 millimeters long. I am sure they are not “basic skin surface hairs” They are scalp hairs… So it is already working. (I am not sure if I am shedding any…I can not tell.)
I am probably best to use the laser cap only since it is low risk and will probably give me the results I want.
Take you time I know you are busy..and thank you.
Hope all is well. Sorry for my delayed response.
Ive been using the LaserCap along with Pura d’or shampoo.
My rate of hair loss has surely subsided from what it was. Im not sure if there is thickening or filling in of the bald spot, but I definitely do notice much less hair fall, which is great.
Can I now consider the hair transplant? Do you have a scientific method to determine if Im ready for one? I do plan to travel to Miami on the week of the 6th, and can visit the clinic if that helps.