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Derm News: 2007.25(10)

The current role of laser/light sources in the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 9(1):27-28
M.R. Avram, R.T. Leonard, E.S. Epstein, J.L. Williams, A.J. Bauman

Over the past several years there has been great interest in the potential role of laser/light-based treatments for male and female pattern hair loss. Despite aggressive marketing and centers claiming great success in the treatment of hair loss there is little scientific data supporting laser/light sources in hair loss. This paper is a consensus of hair loss experts on the current scientific data, mechanisms of action, safety, protocols and recommendations regarding laser/light treatment for hair loss. The authors believe that, while seemingly safe, there are no controlled, peer-reviewed studies validating current devices for hair loss and that all patients should be medically evaluated for any hair loss by a physician specialist to rule out other underlying medical conditions or the etiology of hair loss.

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