Low-level Laser Light Therapy is a proven effective treatment for androgenic (female and male pattern) hair loss, and Dr. Epstein has been offering it to his patients since 2005. Studies, as well as the experience with our patients, show that LLLT slows down or completely stops the gradual progression of hair loss in the majority of men and women, and can restore density due to the thickening of finer, miniaturized (vellus) hairs.
LLLT is administered at home with the Foundation Light Therapy, or FLT devices.
The typical treatment schedule is three times a week for 10 minutes, or 5 minutes daily, for the first six months, which can then be reduced to twice, even once a week – however, this schedule should be modulated by the doctor. The process is painless, relatively effortless, and most importantly completely safe without any side effects.
Low-level Laser Light Therapy 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
Low-level Laser Light Therapy works by two different mechanisms. First, it increases blood flow to the scalp, and second, it directly stimulates the mitochondria (energy centers) of the hair follicles, increasing cellular activity and strengthening hair growth. The result is stabilization and an actual potential reversal of the hair loss process, helping turn miniaturized hairs into stronger “terminal” hairs.
These therapies are best provided through a physician experienced in not only laser light therapy but in all hair loss therapies, like Dr. Epstein. Such physicians can not only properly evaluate the patient, oversee the treatment and make recommendations, but also 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.
While it does not work for all individuals, LLLT is definitely effective in 60-70% of patients.
SUMMARY OF DEVICES:
- FOUNDATION LIGHT THERAPY
Dr. Epstein private-labeled his own Foundation Light Therapy caps, which boasts 300 cool laser diodes powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. The
recommended treatment is 3X a week for 10 minutes, or 5 minutes daily. This version fits under a sports hat, so you can comfortably use it as you go about daily activities.
- FOUNDATION LIGHT THERAPY OPTIMA: The Next Generation in Laser Light
Our newest and most advanced laser therapy device is the Optima. It offers an advanced, 300-diode cap that is custom-fitted to your scalp, providing expanded coverage and exceptional comfort, with no need for a sports hat. This model has a sleeker, less intrusive design that’s customizable, flexible, durable and comes with a lifetime warranty.
How Low-level Laser Light Therapy 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 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 original Foundation Light Therapy device and the Foundation Light Therapy Optima.
Here at the Foundation, we have both Foundation Light Therapy devices. 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 Foundation Light Therapy devices?
Email [email protected] to speak with our laser light specialist in consultation with our doctors. We stand by our recommendations and want our patients to obtain only 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.
Hey Ed, All is well here. I have been in for a few laser treatments so far (including today). Cindy took a look at my donor site, and told me everything looks good. Dr Epstein was great as expected. His demeanor and expertise is what I was looking for, and I am very happy I chose him. Thanks for touching base.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Low-level Laser Light Therapy safe?
These devices meet or exceed all federal safety and manufacturing standards. Laser therapy is a 100% painless treatment that has absolutely no side-effects.
How does Laser Therapy work?
Laser therapy is the use of visible wavelengths of light (e.g. ‘red’) which have a biological effect on cells.
It is known that wavelengths of light produced by the diodes of the device are associated with an increase in energy production within the cells. This may be the primary mechanism for helping patients’ hair follicles produce thicker, healthier looking hair.
Can I use any of the Foundation Light Therapy laser caps in conjunction with Propecia, minoxidil or other treatments?
Laser Therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment regimen or in conjunction with FDA-approved medications. LLLT Therapy has also been shown to accelerate healing and decrease discomfort after surgery.
The application of minoxidil (Rogaine) just prior to the use of the laser seems to enhance the absorption and therefore enhance the results of minoxidil, so Dr. Epstein recommends this to motivated patients.
What is included with a Foundation Light Therapy device?
The FLT laser cap includes the rechargeable battery pack, A/C power adapter for charging, the patented laser therapy device containing 300 ‘pure’ laser diodes (no LEDs) 650nm/5mW each. Sturdy airport-compliant carrying case included. International power adapters are available, rechargeable battery pack.
Where can I get a laser?
FLT devices can be purchased through the office of Dr. Epstein, either by calling 305-930-7838 or 347-682-5489 or by email info [email protected]
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.
Along with 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.