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Testing Low Level Laser Therapy For Myself

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by science_d, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. science_d

    science_d Established Member

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    I have experienced hair loss for about 4 years now. It began with a receding hairline, followed by overall thinning on top. I am interested in knowing which treatments help and which do not, so I can deal with my own hair loss in the most effective and convenient manner.

    There seem to be mixed opinions and controversy both in the medical community as well as those experiencing hair loss about the effectiveness of "low-level laser therapy" marketed for hair loss. As a result, I want to personally try out this treatment for myself.

    My rationale for testing laser therapy specifically: First, it is a non-drug treatment with no known side effects. It would be awesome if it actually works. Second, there is uncertainty and controversy surrounding its effectiveness, so I want to determine once and for all if it works. And third, there have been some studies suggesting it may have results for men with male pattern baldness (e.g., http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dsu.12200/abstract), so it may be worth at least looking into.

    I plan to use a laser device I bought (a laser cap with about 200 laser diodes) every other day for 30 minutes each time consistently for 6 months. During these 6 months, I will not be using ANY other hair loss treatment, except for ketoconazole shampoo, in order to isolate the results of the laser treatment only.

    Below, I have taken pictures of the CURRENT state of my hair, before beginning the laser treatment. You should be able to notice a receded hairline as well as a decreased density on top (though it is hard to see with the lighting). After using the laser for 4 months (so around March 10, 2017 - Update: May 10, as this will mark 4 months after the start of consistent use), I plan to post pictures at the same angles. I plan to do the same at the 6-month mark (around May 10, 2017 - Update: July 10) and one-year mark (around November 10, 2017 - Update: January 10, 2018). Hopefully, those pictures will give an idea how well the laser treatment is working, or if it is not working. I welcome any insight or suggestions as well.

    I have taken pictures from the front, both sides of my hairline, and a little closer to see the thinning.

    Update on April 3, 2018: Well, the experiment ended up lasting for 1.5 years from the beginning date! See final photos from the end of this period posted further down the page.
     

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    Break a leg and keep us posted!
     
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    How this going?
     
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    I plan to post photos in a few days, as it will be the 4-month mark of the treatment (I didn't get on a consistent regimen until around January 9 of this year).
     
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    Trichosan Senior Member My Regimen

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    I'm not sure where you would expect to see hair sprouting, because I think it would be hard to distinguish a difference in that very nice density of hair you have there. Whatever results, I hope it works as I've thought of getting a LLL also.
     
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    I am looking to see if I can track any changes over time. In other words, I want to see if there is a noticeable improvement, everything (hairline location and density) stays the same, or there is a noticeable decline. If the hairline recedes further, for example, pictures can hopefully show that, or if there is an increase or decrease in density. Thanks for the kind words.
     
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    Here are the results of generally consistent use of the 200-diode laser helmet after 4 months of usage. I have not included any other treatment during that time period, except for ketoconazole shampoo every other day. I took these photos today. I plan to post similar photos at the 6-month mark, and then at the one-year mark.
     

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    It's hard to tell much from the pictures. Can you notice a difference in your hair.
     
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    Trichosan Senior Member My Regimen

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    I believe the real benchmark test for you is to see increased density and growth on top where you said you have thinning. Receding of the hairline occurs even in some that don't lose it elsewhere. Even Minoxidil doesn't do much for hairline but is effective on vertex. If you see short or small hairs popping up amidst the longer hair on top where there were none before, that would be the strongest evidence.
     
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    It is a little hard to tell. However, that might be a good sign, that the hair loss isn't progressing noticeably. Some days it "feels" relatively thin and I still do experience some shedding, yet there also does seem to be some thickness and stability. Overall I do think it is having some effect. But I think the photographs are more reliable than my impression.
     
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    I will have to keep an eye out for that, if I can. The vertex does seem to be relatively stable. It's a little thin, but there is still strong coverage. Perhaps that's significant.
     
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    I know these are a little late, as I had said I would post photographs at the 6-month mark, but I eventually got around to taking pictures on September 7 of this year, which is closer to the 8-month mark. Again, I have only been using the low-level laser therapy cap and ketoconazole shampoo every other day during this time period (no finasteride and no minoxidil). Here are the most recent pictures:
     

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    Trichosan Senior Member My Regimen

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    So what's your impression @science_d?

    It's difficult to really tell for us since photos are two dimensional and we don't have an eye close on the actual area.

    Noticeable? Questionable improvement?
     
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    pizzamanluigi Established Member My Regimen

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    Yeah its kinda hard to tell too much difference from pictures. Looks about safe or worse, idk. How does your hair feel to you?
     
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    I feel like for people with actual status a 15bucks china lasercomb is more than enough as the cap isnt rlly moving right, so most light ends up being absorbed by the hair...

    I would also consider blue light with minoxidil, as they synergize..
     
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    As promised, here are the final results from one solid year (plus) of consistent use of the low-level laser cap and no other treatment except ketoconazole shampoo. I took these photos this evening.

    I have a couple photos of the same area in different lighting. I think in some lighting the thinning is more evident than others, so I included both. Also, I realized I did not have any photos of the top taken at the beginning of the treatment. Nevertheless, I included a crown photo now, which should give you an idea of what it looks like after a full year of using the laser.

    I have completed the experiment in testing low-level laser therapy for myself. I will leave it up to anyone viewing the photos to assess for themselves how effective (or not) the treatment was.
     

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    Do you feel like your hair is in better shape now than a year ago?
     

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