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California Hair Restoration Surgeon Seeks Participants for Laser-Based Hair Restoration Study

There have been arguments in favor and against laser-based hair loss treatments. Despite this, statistics indicates that laser treatment for hair loss is gaining acceptance across the world. Hair loss experts are of the view that low-level laser therapy will be effective for those in the early-to-moderate stages of hair loss.

To test the efficacy of this low-level laser therapy on patients, Bay Area hair restoration surgeon, Sara Wasserbauer, M.D., is seeking participants for a non-invasive study. Dr. Wasserbauer is seeking 15 men and 15 women between the ages of 18 and 65 to participate in the study.

Participants must currently not be using hair loss drugs like Propecia or Rogaine, nor did they have a hair transplant within the last 18 months. They should be able to come to Dr. Wasserbauer's Walnut Creek office twice a week for a 12-month period for the laser treatments, and hair length must be kept at least at one inch.

Low-level laser therapy has shown to have improved cell functions in the scalp, which in turn stimulate hair growth. This relatively new procedure of hair restoration can bring magical results in men and women. Through this study, Dr. Wasserbauer plans to analyze the significance of low-level laser therapy on hair mass and growth.

"Like all areas of medicine, the field of hair restoration is constantly evolving and new procedures and treatments are making it easier for hair loss to be a thing of the past for some men and women," said Dr. Wasserbauer. "I've seen a lot of promising research on the use of low-level laser therapy and how it can improve hair growth.”

Through this research, Dr. Wasserbauer wants to measure what kind of impact this type of treatment can have on people in the early to moderate stages of hair loss and understand the significance of the hair growth by studying the hair mass of men and women undergoing the treatment.

Dr. Wasserbauer will measure hair mass of the participants using the HairCheck cross section measurement device at baseline and then every two weeks to gauge the effectiveness of the treatments. Global photography of the center part will also be done at six month intervals.

Traditionally laser treatments for
hair loss involved larger devices and typically required patients to visit the office for multiple sittings each month. Several new technologies are being introduced to simplify the laser-based hair restoration procedure and reduce the costs associated with it.

Laser comb is one of the latest such devices, which is a home version of the laser treatments approved by the FDA to thicken the appearance of hair. The Laser comb utilizes low level laser therapy (LLLT), which emits photo energy - both painless and non-toxic. Currently the FDA is still conducting trials to approve the gadget for hair growth stimulation.


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