Hair loss has the potential to significantly derail personal and professional life, so nearly everyone likes the idea of discreetly treating hair loss in the privacy of their own home. Today, the effectiveness of low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices is well documented online, with studies made available by both NIH.gov and ClinicalTrials.gov. Moreover, LLLT products, which include both laser combs and newer laser therapy caps, are increasingly endorsed by dermatologists and hair transplant surgeons who see patients use them with very positive results.
Reviews: What Are People Saying?
When it comes to patient reviews, most men and women endorse laser combs for one or more of the following reasons:
- With a laser comb, you can treat hair loss without having to travel to the doctor’s office several times each week.
- Some laser comb products have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Clearance, which enhances the perception of safety and credibility.
- The light emitted from laser comb products is cool to the touch, because it falls within a special spectrum of laser light that is neither destructive nor hot.
- In 2014, a groundbreaking study was published that reaffirmed the idea that laser combs and caps could indeed cause hair to grow. In a double blind, device-controlled study, men and women both saw more than 20 new hairs grow per squared centimeter of scalp (i). Since then, the number of physicians who enthusiastically endorse both laser combs and laser caps has grown significantly.
Despite these positive reviews, there are also a number of reasons why patients stray away from laser combs. They are not easy to use. Perhaps the biggest drawback of laser combs is the discomfort caused by use. Laser combs must be used for 15 minutes about 3 days/week, but the device must be plugged in to the power outlet. Some patients must stand and look in the mirror each time it is used, since the comb must be brushed through the treatment area over and over again, for the full 15 minutes of recommended use. Not every laser comb has FDA Clearance. This issue is common among both laser combs and laser therapy caps (described below). Ask the manufacturer for the product’s 510(k) number. If they do not have one, the device is not cleared by the FDA. If it does have one, verify the authenticity by searching the 510(k) number on the FDA website. Not every laser comb is backed by clinical trials. This is likewise an issue that is confronted when browsing both laser combs and laser caps. If the manufacturer claims the device is “proven effective,” log on to ClinicalTrials.govto verify those claims. If you cannot find a record of the clinical trials in question, it’s wise to choose a different manufacturer.
Better Than Combs: Is Capillus® Right for You?
There are certain drawbacks to using a laser comb, which leads many patients to ask physicians about the Capillus272™ laser cap instead. When comparing laser combs to Capillus272™, a few major differences become immediately apparent: Capillus272™ provides more coverage. As a laser therapy cap, the Capillus272™ naturally covers more scalp than any laser comb. The product is comprised of a dome-like insert that fits beneath any hat or baseball cap, lined with 272 low level laser diodes for optimal coverage across the entire scalp. Capillus272™ is mobile and hands-free. Unlike laser combs, using the Capillus272™ is not a chore. The product is simply worn like a hat, allowing patients to go about their day with ease. This mobile, hands-free design means hair loss can be effectively treated while at home, at the office, in the car, or on-the-go. Capillus272™ has FDA Clearance. We are pleased to announce that the Capillus272™ has received FDA Clearance for the treatment of androgenic alopecia (hair loss) in men and women. Readers are invited to visit our FDA Clearance page to read more. Capillus272™ is supported by clinical trials.Best of all, the Capillus272 Pro is proven effective through clinical trials. Commenting on the effectiveness of the laser cap, Capillus Medical Director, Dr. Shelly Friedman, says: “…the Capillus272 Pro laser cap is very successful in converting fine, vellus hairs to normal growing hairs. Our premarketing study for FDA clearance revealed a 51% increase in terminal (growing) hair counts over the placebo device.”