Tuesday, April 10, 2007

HairMax LaserComb

Aim this low-level cold-beam laser at your scalp if you're seeing too much of it through your thinning mane. Now FDA-approved, this gadget proved successful in 93% of the balding participants enrolled in the clinical trial.

How much new hair do you get for your $545? Here's the summary:

The study concluded that 93% of the participants (ages 30-60) using the HairMax LaserComb had an increase in the number of terminal (thick) hairs. The average number of terminal hairs per square centimeter increased by 19 hairs/cm2 over a six-month period.

Your average scalp has 250 hairs per square centimeter. People shelling out big bucks for this LaserComb are obviously not your average-scalped sort of customers. If the average skull has 600 cm2 of scalp, this device could add 11,400 hairs to their heads.

Worth it? Hard to say, but here's what one medical commentator had to say:

The LaserComb makers have failed to advertise that their product can double as a handy pointer during CME [continuing medical education] presentations...Even though the FDA has concluded the device is safe, what if one sustains retinal damage from using it incorrectly? Sure, I've been literally blinded by my own vanity, in both eyes--but my hair is positively lustrous.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried the laser comb? Do you think it is worth the possible risks/costs involved? I am combining Propecia with 5% Rogaine and use a HRT patch, but am just about holding after 2 years of severe loss. I'd love to add a few more hairs............is the comb worth a try?

Femail doc said...

No, I haven't tried it. I feel very skeptical about this. My experience has been--even with prescription strength progesterone cream to scalp which works very well at retention--that once those hairs are gone, they're gone.

This is the first product I've read about that claims to regrow lost hair. Too bad it's so expensive!