Landmark HairMax LaserComb Clinical Study Results Published, Proving Efficacy and Safety In Treating Hair Loss

The results of 4 clinical studies conclusively proving the efficacy and safety of the HairMax LaserComb was published in a peer review medical journal in April 2014 and here is a summation of the article.

"The results of four clinical studies on the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss with the HairMax LaserComb, was just published today in a peer-review journal, The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. The article, Efficacy and Safety of a Low-level Laser Device in the Treatment of Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss: A Multicenter, Randomized, Sham Device-controlled, Double-blind Study was co-authored by renowned experts in the field of hair disorders. The results of these studies have now provided robust and conclusive evidence that the HairMax LaserComb is both effective and safe for the treatment of pattern hair loss in men and women.

This is the link to the clinical article:

The four clinical studies were conducted under strict Good Clinical Practice Guidelines at multiple study sites, including major teaching institutions of dermatology such as the Cleveland Clinic, University of Minnesota and University of Miami. Enrolled in the study were 225 males and females diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). Subjects received either the HairMax LaserComb or a sham (inactive) device in a randomized, blinded manner so that no one knew which device they were on. The primary efficacy analysis was based on the change in hair count after 26 weeks treatment with the HairMax LaserComb, compared to change in hair count with the sham (inactive) device.

The results of the studies showed that there was an average increase in terminal hair count of over 20 hairs per cm² (equivalent to over 139 hairs per square inch). Additionally, a higher percentage of lasercomb-treated subjects reported overall improvement in hair loss condition and thickness and fullness of hair in self-assessment, compared with sham-treated subjects. No serious adverse events were reported in any subject receiving the lasercomb in any of the studies.

The authors concluded that: “Our results suggest that low-level laser treatment may be an effective option to treat pattern hair loss in men and women”. They also concluded that “Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT] may provide a promising treatment option for patients who do not respond to either finasteride or minoxidil, and who do not want to undergo hair transplantation.”

The authors also had this overall observation: “…… while topical minoxidil solution or foam is widely used to treat pattern hair loss and is generally well tolerated, the treatment needs to be applied one or twice daily, and be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours. Such application can be impractical for many users, leading to noncompliance and reduced efficacy. As an alternative, the lasercomb treatment is safe and easy to apply, with 8-15 minutes of treatment three times per week, and leaves no residue on the scalp. Such user friendliness of the lasercomb may lead to better patient compliance and improved efficacy.”

Dr. Lawrence Schachner, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, and senior author of the article said: “The results of these clinical studies provide further evidence that the HairMax LaserComb may be utilized as an effective option for treating androgenetic alopecia in men and women.”

You can view a video of the lead author of the clinical paper, Dr. Lawrence Schachner and Dr. Joquin Jimenez discussing the clinical paper at this link:
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Shedding hairs - Roots included?

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  • Shedding hairs - Roots included?

    I started using the LaserComb two weeks ago and am having a frightening amount of shedding. When I look at the hairs, I don't see a "bulb"' at the end so I guess the root is not shedding. Is this meaningful? Some of the shedding hair seems "elastic" which I guess is from over processing it. (I'm female, too old to mention here, have grey hair which has been lightened to blonde.) I'm now abandoning home coloring and going to a salon every six weeks so the over processing will stop. I'm worried that the shedding phase will happen but the regrowth won't. Since regrowth at best means only 1/2 inch of hair per month, I'm wondering if cutting my hair short will eliminate the damaged hair and make the "new" hair more obvious. Sorry for all the meandering in this post - I'm just worried.

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    Hairmax lasercomb and shedding

    Hi worried1 -

    Thank you for your post.

    As we have said, initial shedding from use of the HairMax is a good sign and means that the device is starting to work. (As you pointed out, you will not see any hair bulbs shedding, just the fine hairs). This shedding can continue for a number of weeks so since you have only been using it for 2 weeks, it may continue. However, as we have also pointed out on this Forum, the HairMax does not CAUSE hair loss, it only stimulates the shedding of the fine telogen hairs and allows new thicker terminal hair to grow in its place. You might want to cut away the damaged hair or just wait at least 12 weeks to judge initial results. Be sure to continue using the HairMax for a full 20 weeks in order to be able to judge final results.

    Our best advice is to be patient and continue to use the HairMax and wait to see what the results are after the shedding stops.

    We wish you success in your use of the HairMax LaserComb.


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