By Dennis Douda, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s time to shed a little light on baldness — literally. It affects most men and a surprising number of women, as well.

But shine the right kind of light on the problem and you may grow a solution.

After battling a large brain tumor, Dr. Anita Buckler feels lucky to be alive. Six weeks of daily radiation treatments finally did the trick. But…

“It zapped my hair and they warned me it might not ever come back,” said Buckler.

On its own, it did not. But when Buckler agreed to be zapped again, this time by a low-energy laser, something amazing happened.

“Obviously, it was very, very successful,” Buckler said as she showed off her hair. “I am ecstatic about it!”

After a scalp biopsy showed she had some surviving follicles, Buckler spent half an hour a week under an array of over 100 laser diodes. Five months later she had a full head of growing hair.

“It’s about 90 percent effective to help people stop losing hair,” Dr. Robert Reese, who has made laser therapy a routine to follow-up care when a patient has a hair transplant.

He believes it stimulates better circulation in the scalp.

“I’ve seen very good results to kick-start early hair growth on patients that I’ve transplanted,” said Reese.

A hair follicle is an organ, just like any other organ in our body, and to live it requires a blood supply.

The manufacturer of the laser treatment, Sunetics, recently added a laser paddle brush to its product list. Although it has just one-tenth the number of laser diodes, home use several times a week offers similar results.

The price tag of the brush is around $800.

Buckler said the value to her is priceless.

“For women, it’s really a big self-image thing,” she said. “It’s a modern medical miracle.”

Even Reese said Buckler’s results were incredible and not everyone will have such a dramatic outcome. Costs for the treatments can be as high as several hundred dollars per half-hour session.

Although Reese charges closer to $25 a pop for his patients who’ve had hair follicle transplant surgery.

WCCO-TV’s Dennis Douda Reports

Comments (34)
  1. Tony says:

    I know of another option in Edina MN that will give you a look of hair in 1 day.


  2. Daniel Leach says:

    If your interested in more information regarding low level laser therapy and Dr. Reese please visit us at or call the office at 952-217-1612.

  3. Them says:

    If it’s going to go then let it go.It’s only hair.

    1. kathy says:

      Easy to say if you aren’t a woman who’s gone through chemo. Unless you are a woman who’s gone through chemo. If so, I would love to feel this positive about my hair loss.

  4. Daniel Leach says:


    Thanks for your questions. I will do my best to answer them on this forum. For more in-depth information please contact me at 952-922-4247 or via email at for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Reese. Low level laser has not been reported to cause pain or discomfort. Some of our patients have reported a tingling sensation during the session, but this is very rare. Low level laser therapy is designed to be an ongoing treatment session and not a one or two time treatment. Most of our patients use the in-office treatment once weekly for 6 months to a year and then either continue in-office treatments every other week or graduate to a home use laser brush. Dr. Buckler’s results were extraordinary and most people who use the laser hold onto their hair or slightly improve the quality of the existing hair.
    I hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

  5. Alan J. Bauman says:

    Great story on Laser Hair Therapy! We’ve been tracking excellent results with low level laser therapy here at Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton for over 10 years with in-office devices. The at-home units have been relatively weak But the new portable, hands-free, rechargeable LaserCap ( with its 224 laser diodes is what patients seem to be liking the best. LaserCap is a big improvement in convenience and results from the smaller hand-helds containing 1, 6, 9 or 12 diodes.
    Keep up the good information!
    Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

  6. nnenna Dinney says:

    Do people of color respond well to laser treatment?

  7. Ms. Teen Minnesota says:

    I had thin hair and went to morgan at for hair glue and my hair grew as I took better care of it. She does all the USA pageant people and has been doing extensions for 15 years. Also, she is half the price of salons

  8. KGCast says:

    Dr. Brett Bolton and GreatHairTransplants are donating 10 of their world-renowned MAXHARVEST™ hair transplant procedures in an effort to help save a little girl’s life. Mia, the beautiful 2½-year-old daughter of Aldo Israel, a patient of GreatHairTransplants, was recently diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The Israel family, GreatHairTransplants, and several other local merchants are reaching out to the community and the hair restoration industry to help raise funds to find a cure.
    For anyone in the entire world who is suffering from hair loss and considering a surgical hair restoration procedure, now is the time to do it! Dr. Bolton, a pioneer in the industry, and his staff with more than 50 years of combined hair transplant experience will be performing all 10 MAXHARVEST™ procedures. The cost of a MAXHARVEST™ hair transplant procedure is $12,000. And in this case, it becomes tax deductible. The starting bid for each procedure is $6,000. To place a bid on the procedure please contact

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