A question that I just received about laser hair restoration…

Hey Dr. Todd…I have a question for you. My husband was thinking about purchasing some kind of cold laser technology that he had seen advertised in the past for stimulation of hair folicals for hair regrowth and thickening. I told him that you used cold laser therapy in your practice and that I would check with you to see if it is proven for hair growth or or not. If you do not know, would you know where I could check on the veracity of those claims for hair regrowth? Thanks for any info you know about it.


J.H.  from  Wood River, IL



60 thoughts on “A question that I just received about laser hair restoration…

  1. Dear J.H.,

    I just looked on http://www.laser.nu , which is the best laser research website, as compiled by the Swedish medical society. No double blind placebo controlled studies on this particular topic were available there.

    I did stumble upon an M.D. in Utah using a bunch of 5 milliWatt visible red (anywhere from 632 to 660 nanometers) laser diodes with success in stimulating follicles/hair growth. This M.D. has a Youtube video where he is being interviewed on the local TV news. His name is Dr. Steven Jepson and here is his link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSN449L4fp8

    I did have a patient about 5 yrs ago. She was only in her mid 20’s but had lots of chronic health issues. In fact she travelled all the way from Central IL to Nashville, TN to see a medical specialist every other month for her problems. I was seeing her for headaches caused by pinched nerves in her neck.

    I was lasering her upper neck / suboccipital area as well as providing light force chiropractic adjustments to her misaligned cervical vertebrae. One day about two weeks after she started cold laser therapy in my office, she commented that she “loved the lasers” not only because her headaches were improving, but primarily because her hair was growing back and getting thicker back there! With all of her health issues and recently going through a pregnancy to boot, this poor gal’s hair had been thinning for over 3 years and she had been losing some hair as well over that time period.

    So depending on the cost of the laser device being advertised, it may be worth checking out. Be weary of companies selling LED (light emitting diodes) devices and pretending they are lasers. LED’s can be beneficial, but they aren’t as beneficial as true cold lasers are. Lasers are collimated and coherent, whereas LED’s are not. Lasers also have a greater depth of penetration. Thanks for asking, J.H.

    Yours in health,

    Dr. Todd

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    • My experience with it is this, it did not work! Maybe it was the fact that I went to a dermatologist to have it done. I don’t know. I heard that you only had to have it done 3 or 4 times a year, but the doctor’s assistant had me going in every month. I had to pay $ 250 every month. The hair did get lighter and took longer to grow back, but I couldn’t afford to keep going back every month. The hair then grew back thicker and darker. It does hurt to have it done, but I was given a Lidocaine topical medication to numb the area first. It only partially worked and it still hurt.

      • the cuticle of gray hair is up to 30 times thciker then naturally colored hair, making it coarser, wirey, glassy and really stubborn. These hairs are really stubborn to color too. to soften these unruly hairs you can pick up a box of perm solution for your hair type, squirt it all over the graying areas, process for about 15 minutes then rinse and neutralize. no need for rods or manipulting it in any way, you just want the solution to break down your hair a bit, not to restructure it in a new formation. just leave it down and damp and with the solution in it, you could comb it with a WIDE tooth comb if you want it stratighter. not more then 15 minutes, or the solution will really change the structure of your hair. the perm should eat through those stubborn cuticles and soften the hair making it more manageable. so freshly shampooed hair, no conditioner. comb out any knots apply the solution and let it do its thing *comb if you want to straighten* 15 minutes maximum then rinse for a few minutes, apply neutralizer, but take that out a minute or so early and rinse well again. dry and style your hair really well and keep it dry for 48 hours and it CANNOT be in a pony tail. youll have permanent ponytail hair if you put it up in that first 48 hours. it should be more workable. it should last you about a year or so.

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    • It’s not a scam. If it doesn’t work for you then they’ll give you your money back. If they don’t think it will work for you, even a little bit, then they won’t start you on the pgrroam so clearly since you’ve already started, they think it will work. And it does work! I have very severe hair loss, especially for someone my age so I was hoping to have a lot more hair at this point but I will need a 2nd year. My 60 yr old dad went on the pgrroam and has more hair after his 1st yr than me

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    • What does being Gay or Bi have anything to do with it? If you don’t want hairy legs, you should go for laser hair removal. Just read up on it before you go. Oh, and DON’T SHAVE. EVER!!! It’ll make your hair grow back thicker and longer. You can wax, which I think is the best option.

    • Prices vary. It all depends on: where you live, where you go, your budget, and your standards. While many say that the typical cost of a single laser hair removal treatment can average about $ 400, it should be known that this typical price is not completely correct. Small areas like the upper lip can cost anywhere between about $ 50 and $ 200 per treatment while larger areas like the full legs or a man’s full back can cost anywhere from $ 500 to $ 900 per treatment. The size of the area as well as the thickness and density of the hair in that area will determine exact pricing.

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    • That said, if you have so much as one new hair and they can prove it with their little close-up camera, I’ve been told that you can forget about getting your money back. I can’t prove that myself because I have a lot more hair than before and don’t need a refund, but it’s a popular opinion

  6. This is an great website with a lot of good information about cold laser therapy. It is really fantastic to read about it and to see how other people think about cold laser therapy. In my opinion it would be great for many conditions.

    • Hate to break it to you, but they’ll probably say you need another 6 months. These guys are a rip off! And good luck on getting them to refund you. read what the contract says. They get to say if you had increased hair density , which they will say you did.

      • Hair falls due to genetic renosas, stress, pollution, thyroid imbalance, chemicals in hair styling products and lack of proper nutrition. Home remedies are cheap , natural and without any side effects. Some of the home remedies for treating hair fall are: 1.Apply the white of a raw egg on the hair for 30 minutes, and then wash it off with a shampoo. A mixture of lemon juice and egg white could also be used to strengthen the roots of hair. 2. Massage the head with oil for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with a shampoo. A hot oil massage with olive oil will also help.3.Apply a mixture of lemon juice and juice of amla to the scalp. This also helps control dandruff in the hair 4. Boil neem leaves in water for an hour and let it cool. Wash the hair with this water. Alternately neem oil can be mixed with coconut oil and massaged where there is hair fall5. The juice of fresh coriander can be massaged onto the scalp will reduce hair loss. 6. Ensure that you eat nutritious food, with plenty of leafy vegetables. Have a soya milk drink and multivitamin tablets if you do not have time to have a healthy breakfast.7. Apply conditioner only to your hair not to the scalp or hair roots. The conditioner could damage your hair. Henna (mehandi) will help control hair loss. 8.Try to reduce the stress and tension in your life, learn to relax. Stress causes hair loss.

    • Save your money!! No matter how long you go it’s not going to get betetr. I suppose they told you some people take a little longer than others?? How can you not see any significant results after a year, yet 6 more months will do the trick according to them?

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    • Sorry, I know you said girls only to answer but I am a hoareesexutl male hoping to give you a little insight, rather than saying whether I would or would not be attracted to you.If you have a good muscular physique, yes it will look better with less hair. Hairy muscular bodies tend to look a little like a gorilla.It’s all down to cost. Lasering is VERY expensive and you can have a LOT of leg waxing done (several years or repeated treatments) for the same cost as a course of 4 or 5 laser treatments.The other answerer is wrong shaving does NOT affect regrowth of hair. However, what you see growing back after shaving is the thicker blunter cut end of each hair, rather than the softer tapered end of a hair which has grown out from the root.If your body is as good as you say, I think women will be attracted to that and not be turned off by a lack of hair on your legs.By the way, contrary to what some people may write on here, the amount of body-hair you have or do not have and the amount you remove or do not remove is no reflection of your sexuality or gender identification. Your sexuality is defined by who you are attracted to and who you form relationships with.

      • Gray hair is typically a reulst of natural aging. Genetics likely play a strong role in graying. Pigment in the hair shaft comes from special cells at the root of the hair. These cells are genetically programmed to make a certain amount of pigment (melanin) at specific ages. At some point in the aging process, these cells make less and less pigment until the hair has very little pigment. White hair has no pigment, and gray hair has some but not as much as red, black or brown hair.Not all hairs respond in the same way or at the same time. So the graying process usually is gradual. You can’t prevent graying. Some people start graying in their 30s, and some not until their 60s.People rarely go gray overnight. If they do, it’s typically due to alopecia areata. This condition causes the thicker, darker hairs to stop growing before it affects the growth of gray hairs — giving the impression of graying overnight. Alopecia areata eventually causes roundish patches of hair loss or complete loss of hair on the head or body. Its cause isn’t known. If I may give you some advice, go see a dermatologist about this. He can tell you whether you have alopecia, and perhaps can somehow decelerate the graying process.

    • If you endured the pain from hanvig tattoes, then you will not feel a thing from the procedure. You might feel sort of prickly sensation, but that’s just about it. If you feel pain while hanvig the treatment, you better ask the one doing it to stop. Because it shouldn’t be painful, there might be somthing wrong. Be careful and ensure that the one giving you the treatment is a licensed physician.

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