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Laser Cap & Home Lasers vs. In-Clinic Laser Treatments

Learn about laser cap and home lasers vs. in-clinic laser treatments from hair transplant surgeon Craig Ziering, MD in this Howcast video.

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Lasers are a viable option for treating hair loss and can also be used in conjunction with other medical therapies or with hair transplant surgery. But people often ask what type of laser device do I use? Well, to understand the benefits of the laser, that it can help stop the hair loss; it helps provide the energy for the hair cells to function the best way, to clear the toxins away, to increase blood supply and to decrease inflammation. But what's the best way to administer the laser therapy to the patient? Well, there's the laser comb. And with the laser comb, this is the least expensive way but it's probably the most cumbersome as far as the patient is concerned because you've got to constantly move the laser device in the form of the comb through your hair or above your head like this for 20 to 30 minutes every other day. And this can get tiring. And if you're a patient who has arthritis or problems with your shoulder, it actually can become difficult to use and it may just end up in the closet. Well, one of the other devices that we can use is a laser cap. Its multiple laser diodes, the same thing that's in the comb. And you just put this cap on top of your head and then you can actually go about your business. And again, you use it for 20 to 30 minutes. This is the more expensive option but it gives the patient a lot more freedom. In between there, is the clinical laser that's at the office from the practitioner. The advantage of this is you get a nice laser device that's very medically sound. You get the advice from the physician who can follow your hair loss and actually give you the appropriate diagnoses but the inconvenience is you have to go to the doctor's office every other day 2 to 3 times a week to use this device. So the home lasers, such as the comb and the laser cap seem to be a more viable option today.

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