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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Results after four months

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  • Results after four months

    I have been using the hairmax comb for about 16 weeks now. Two things have happened (1) I've lost a lot of hair and (2) the hair that has remained is now healthier and almost black. Even now, I just had another instance of shedding that was not fun to go through. So I'd like to know the following:

    (1) Do these massive hair shedding incidents ever stop, since this is way past the initial phase?

    (2) The hair quality is much better but the density is much worse. Obviously, the hair that fell out must've been sick or couldn't handle the laser. How can I help these hair follicals come back?

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    Hairmax lasercomb and shedding

    Hi MJH -

    Thank you for your post.

    It is important to realize that the HairMax does not interrupt the normal hair cycle of growth, rest, shedding so you will see some shedding occurring during treatment with the HairMax just as you would if you were not using the device.

    It sounds as if you are receiving some good benefit from the HairMax in that you are regrowing healthy and thicker hair after the thinner hair has shed. However, if some of your follicles are no longer producing hair, then obviously the HairMax will not grow hair from follicles that are no longer viable. It is also important to realize that many follicles become dormant and respond at different times to the effects of the HairMax. Finally, realize that the HairMax does not cause hair loss, rather the device only stimulates those fine, velus hairs to shed as they would anyway.

    Our best advice is to continue to use the HairMax and you will continue to see increasing benefits overall from this continued use over time. You might also want to add minoxidil to your regimen to see if that gives you added benefit, but it really sounds like the HairMax is doing fine by itself.

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


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