Any opinion regarding the NEOLTS light therapy for hair restoration by NeoGraft?
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Opinion on NeoGraft's NEOLTS LED light system?
Thank you for writing in with your question. The reality is that hair loss is like tooth decay in that (a) there is no cure for either phenomenon, and (b) they tend to be progressive in nature, in that the results of the phenomenon (loss of teeth in the tooth decay example, and loss of hair and appearance of scalp in the hair loss example) tend to get worse over time without treatment or intervention. Combine this fact with the fact that a hair restoration procedure of any nature is just a re-distribution of hair that happens to remain on the scalp, and it should be very apparent that holding on to your current hair is a top priority for you. One of the most effective therapies for preventing future hair loss is low level laser therapy, or LLLT. NeoGraft is a company that makes an FUE device. The NeoLTS light therapy system contains no lasers at all; just LED lights. LLLT works when light energy is directed at the scalp, and then that energy stimulates the cells of the scalp. LED lights certainly do not create a “beam” of energy that a laser does, but I have found a couple of reports in the medical literature that discuss LED lights for hair loss, but the overwhelming majority of data we have on LLLT is with laser energy, not LED lights. There’s a big difference. According to their website patients need to physically GO to a physician's office twice a week….!? I don’t know many people with that kind of time. In addition, the number one listed “Physician Benefits” for the NeoLTS system is “High ROI." There are many very effective LLLT devices on the market that you can take home and perform the LLLT when you have time and when it’s convenient for you. These laser devices, which do NOT contain a single LED light, come with a 3 year warranty.
I see a lot of plastic surgeons and other doctors that have never in their lives treated hair loss suddenly acquire a NeoGraft device and perhaps this NeoLTS system and hold themselves out to the public as a “hair restoration expert” and offer hair restoration surgery after taking a weekend course or reading a few articles about how hair restoration is performed. These are places I would avoid. Hair restoration is its own specialty now, although as mentioned many providers are adding "hair restoration" to a long menu of services and literally trying their hand at it. However, hair restoration surgery is a complicated procedure, lasts all day, takes a surgeon and a team of assistants, and there are hundreds of subtleties and nuances that can affect the outcome.
To answer your question about PRP….LLLT is complementary to PRP. As mentioned there is no cure for hair loss. Both PRP and LLLT have been shown to help a significant percentage of patients treated. It would make the most sense to perform LLLT 3 times a week for 30-45 minutes, and in addition undergo a PRP procedure about every 3 months for a year or so.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
NEO LTS Light & PRP
Thank you for the question. Low level light therapy is a non-invasive options that we find to be successful, especially in combination with PRP. Depending on how advanced the thinning is and the location of the thinning, we would determine the best course of action. LLLT and PRP are both offered at my practice and usually recommended as combination treatment. I recommend consulting with a Hair Restoration Specialists to determine what is best for you!
Thinning Hair and PRP
I have seen great success with PRP scalp injections for hair thinning. Patients notice a decrease in shedding and an increase in hair density. For your first treatment, I would recommend a series of 3 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart.
Best of luck to you!
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Arding the NEOLTS light therapy for hair restoration by NeoGraft?
There is no cure for genetic balding. There are some treatments but they are not permanent. NeoLTS is just a laser treatment.
There is nothing wrong with doctors promoting off label treatments such as PRP, low level laser light therapy as they have a right to practice medicine as they see fit. Likewise the consumers (patients) have a right to choose their doctors and treatment options based on their own research and free will. However, it is my opinion that the consumer take a “buyer beware” approach. For every success story behind these treatments, there are many disappointed consumers who have spent thousands of dollars with no benefit.