Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is an excellent treatment choice for managing and reversing hair loss. I personally and professionally use the LaserCap device for treating androgenic alopecia (AGA); good for treating both men and women. It yields the best result and has extensive scientific research and evidence. I recommend comb-based devices for my patients with hair loss in the temples, as cap-based devices do not provide sufficient coverage in that area.
LLLT device types include cap-base, rim-based, and comb-based lasers. Cap-based devices are hands-free, comfortable, and provide full top-of-scalp coverage. The LaserCap uses 224 lasers diodes (not LED) and covers most of the scalp with ease and comfort. Rim-based and comb-based devices are generally more affordable but lack the value due to poor usability. These devices must be moved to different positions at 20 minute intervals, making treatments very inconvenient.
You should consider the following points when choosing the device that is right for you:
- Maximal coverage – each patient will require a different type of coverage based on their location of hair loss, which may be in the front, the crown, and/or the temples. A cap will provide coverage for the crown as well as the front. This is good for patient with either male or female pattern hair loss, commonly referred to as androgenic alopecia (AGA). Cap devices do not provide coverage for the temples, which would be useful for patients with telogenic effluvium (TE); those with generalized hair loss affecting the temples. Patients with TE should use a comb-based laser to cover the temples.
- Value – the value of a device is based on the maximum yield and the overall usability. The yield is based on the number of energy sources on the device, and the overall energy delivered during each treatment cycle. Devices can range in price from $700 – $3000. Lower cost devices are less convenient to use; requiring an electrical plug and have a lower energy yield. While more expensive devices are generally more convenient to use; with a rechargeable battery and a higher energy yield. It is important to choose a device that provides the right type of therapy that stimulates with the laser energy without producing heat or burning.
- Convenience of use – For maximal result, a patient must be compliant with daily use of the device. A cap-based device such as the LaserCap is convenient and easy to use. You put the cap on your head and turn it on for 20 minutes to receive the appropriate treatment. There is not need to reposition the device. The LaserCap also has a rechargeable battery, is convenient, and discrete, allowing it to be used while commuting and traveling. Some cap-based devices are plug-in requiring the patient to remain stationary during treatment.
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