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Old 03-14-2007, 12:57 PM
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For those of us on the 'front-line' in the battle against hair loss, it was with great excitement that we learned of the recent FDA-clearance of a hand-held laser for the treatment of hair loss. Having used laser therapy in my hair restoration practice since 1999, alone as well as with other FDA-approved therapies (like Propecia and Rogaine) and hair transplantation, the clearance did not come as a surprise. However, the FDA-clearance of the first hand-held laser (and others not far behind) for hair growth should add significant confidence to those who may have been skeptical of this non-chemical, non-invasive therapy's ability to promote hair growth.

In the wake of the FDA-clearance, Bauman Medical was contacted by NBC's TODAY Show's Janice Lieberman, who was reporting on the medical hair-growth treatments and procedures used by hair restoration physicians to slow, stop and reverse hereditary hair loss.

I invite you to tune in to see Janice's interviews with our patients, which took place at the Bauman Medical Group's newly-expanded facility for Laser Therapy and Hair Transplantation in Boca Raton, Florida. The segment is due to air Thursday morning, March 15th, at 8am on NBC's TODAY Show. For more detailed information on the treatments and procedures used to help protect, enhance and restore hair, visit www.baumanmedical.com. I've also got some photos of the NBC visit on my flickr.com account. They interviewed more than a few paitients. I have heard from the producer that there is not time for all of the interviews. We'll all have to tune in to see which patients 'made the final cut.'
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:56 PM
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Dr. Bauman, this is exciting to hear. I searched youtube to see if this episode is up (had is even been broadcast yet?) I did, however, find this episode you did on ABC, including discussion about the laser gadget:

Dr. Bauman on News 7 ABC (Chicago?)
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:50 AM
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The NBC TODAY SHOW clip on hair loss, hair regrowth, hair transplants, Propecia, Rogaine and Laser Therapy is up on YouTube.com. Here is the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOA2QmSXmSg

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Dr. Bauman,

Thanks for the video. One of the better hair transplantation videos I've seen in mainstream for certain. It doesn't get into the gorey details of the surgery process, but it does paint a realistic picture unlike many infomercials for certain hairmills we all love to hate so well :P

Not a lot of information about the laser therapy on it's own...however, I'm interested in doing some more research on it at some point. I don't know if I'll ever try it having 3 hair transplants already...but who knows!

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Hi Dr Bauman

Personally, I am not a big believer of the lasercomb& the claims. Do you have any documented photo's of before and after with significant progress. Obviously, there needs to be an avoiddance for extraineous varibles such as Propecia or Rogaine..

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Today previously had a series of stories on hairloss and solutions last summer or maybe two summers ago. Dr. Bernstein and one of his patients were featured. They also had a segment with a hairsystem client from HCM.

Was it just a coincidence that Matt Lauer was the host for the series?

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Mrjb,

Though I'm mostly with you, the fact that FDA approved it to me does say something. Now people may dismiss FDA, however, if that's the case, than why do we advocate finasteride and minoxodil? The truth is, that very rarely do these two medications produce significant regrowth results, though regrowth can occur sometimes.

Anyway...I'm willing to keep an open mind...but I want to (when I have more time) spend some more time researching laser technology. I don't know that I'll ever use it myself at this point...but I know it gives a new hope (especially to women) since they can't use finasteride.

My best guess at this point is that it probably is in similar effectiveness to minoxidil since it stimulates growth by increasing the blood supply to the scalp.

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Thanks Bill

I can just see 5 years from now a big shift in credibility with this item. Just seems to fishy. I'm sticking with the BIG 3
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I think this might be a decent option for someone like myself who can't use minoxidil. Even the old 2% (I think that was the amount when it first came out) used to make my heart beat fast and made my entire body have a swollen, puffy look and feel. The laser comb is a few hundred dollars, but it's a one time charge and you're not using any drugs.

Also in another thread there was a link to a laser hair treatment center that was bashed for not working at all. But you have to realize that those people were going once a month for treatment as opposed to 3 to 4 days a week if you use the comb. That's like saying minoxidil or propecia don't work because people who used them once or twice a month for a year still lost hair. Everyone here knows that's not going to work, however you all know that using them daily does work in many people, so I think you have to keep that in mind.
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Quote:
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Personally, I am not a big believer of the lasercomb& the claims. Do you have any documented photo's...
Actually, I have plenty of photos. In my practice, I've used laser therapy since 1999--hand-helds and in-office units... Sometimes in conjunction with other therapies but many times without other treatments (just pure laser). But today, most patients in my practice are using at least two of the three fda-cleared therapies.

Laser's greatest benefit is not the increase in density (which is what the fda looked at for proof), but the incredible increase in the quality of the hair growth you get.

Also, I believe that the increase in blood circulation is a consequence of the hair growth, not the other way around.

Here's a patient photo from my recent Laser Therapy lecture at the ISHRS conference in March:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4610841...7594537546001/

The FDA documents are pretty clear about their position on laser therapy (promoting hair growth, etc.). The 510(k) also summarizes the clinical trials that were submitted. If you haven't seen the document, here it is:
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/pdf6/K060305.pdf

Laser is just another new tool. It is now up to us docs to figure out how to use it, who will benefit the most?, etc. A lot more research is needed.

It is normal and natural for docs and patients to be skeptical--in the beginning, I was the biggest skeptic. The last thing we need in the industry is another 'snake oil' therapy.

For those that don't remember, when the FDA approved Propecia in 1997, less than 5% of physicians in the ISHRS prescribed it initially. We already had 10% of ISHRS members recommending laser therapy "OFTEN," back in 2005--before the FDA-clearance. Check page 27 of the census survey: http://www.ishrs.org/PDF/ISHRS2005Pr...AL10.23.05.pdf

My gut feeling is that the more hair you have, the better results you'll see with the laser. It is not really all that different than finasteride and minoxidil in that way.

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