Throughout my long career in taking care of men and women who are losing their hair, I have strived to research and to then recommend the very best and most beneficial medical and surgical treatments for my patients.
As a pioneer in the field of hair restoration surgery after founding Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, I helped to revolutionize surgical hair restoration techniques beginning in the late 1980’s all the way through today. I have been very involved lecturing, since the very early days of the creation of the hair loss medications, Rogaine™ and Propecia™, to doctors, media outlets, and the general public around the world about their benefits and their side effects.
Through the Hair Health Institute, beginning in 2002, I investigated the totally new therapy of Low Level Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) to treat hair loss. It was long before any studies had been established, but a physician friend of mine had been using it with great success in another state. I bought my first in-office machine and used it on my first 50 patients for a year without charge to them. The first devices we had were large machines that required patients to come into the office for therapy—a lot of times. In fact, over 40 times during the year-long protocol!
Well, it’s history from there…we had 15 devices, in three different offices working five days per week for about 19.5 years. Hair Heath Institute offered more laser hair therapy than any facility in the country!
Thankfully, more than eight years ago, the Capillus company began to offer a laser cap device for patients to use at home. It provided freedom to get excellent therapy in the comfort of one’s own home, office, car, or anywhere!
This first device we offered contained only 272 laser diodes embedded into a hard-plastic shell that fit into a baseball cap, which was not particularly comfortable to wear. The lasers in that device pulsed or flashed off and on during the half-hour, every-other-day treatment protocol. It was lightyears ahead of the office-based devices as well as any other home-use device in the marketplace, but it was quite difficult for many patients to be compliant with its protocol. That device had to actively be turned on and off; it didn’t automatically turn off, so you had to stay awake sometimes late at night until the treatment time elapsed. I can tell you that I often fell asleep with the device still on! You also had to remember if you used it the day before or not; guilty with that, too. Finally, if you took the cap off while it was operating, the lasers would shine all over the room, which is not a good thing. That device had only a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.