Holy Shatner! The FDA has actually approved the HairMax Lasercomb for thicker, fuller hair. Obviously, the HairMax employee who put together that application was not the same one in charge of their cheesy websites and press releases:
And laser energy is also coherent. All energy consists of waves of energy and in the light bulb these waves are not organized or in sync with each other. The waves of light energy produced by a laser are synched or in phase with each other. These characteristics make laser energy a truly unique form of light energy.
LLLT is used throughout the world and for the energy produced by the HairMax LaserComb there are no reported or known adverse side effects.
Here’s the data the approval was based on (it’s not in any peer-reviewed journal we could find, and the fact that this page refers to it as a ‘miracle’ makes me question its independence):
For the FDA submission, Lexington conducted an extensive clinical study in four different locations across the United States. 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. During the study, there were no reports of serious adverse events. The number and types of adverse events were similar in both the active and placebo groups.
How does this miracle work? Fortunately, treatments using the HairMax LaserComb are easy to administer, only 10 to 15 minutes three times per week, and the laser device is convenient to use in the comfort and privacy of your own home. HairMax has been precision-engineered into a compact device about the size of a curling iron. Just pass it through your hair three times a week for about ten minutes for optimal results. Of course, everybody is unique and results differ among individuals, but anecdotal trials have shown that over 90% of users experience positive benefits and are satisfied with the results they achieve. In general, about 45% of users see noticeable improvements in as little as 8 weeks of treatment. Another 45% realize benefits from 8 to 16 weeks. A small group of users take longer, seeing results around 16 weeks.
So after six months of 3-times-a-week use, laser users reported 19 more thick hairs per square centimeter, compared to sham groups. All this time, we thought they were pulling the wool over our eyes.
The lasercomb retails for over $600.
More from the FDA (pdf) and Lexington LaserComb, an apparently legitimate company…
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