Hello Dr. Friedman,
I hope you can help me with this question: When the laser comb came out about a decade ago, I just assumed it was kind of a scam, and couldn’t possibly work. Now, I see a lot of reputable doctors recommending caps or hats with lasers inside them to promote new hair growth, so, I assume they work. Can you tell me more about the success rate of hair laser caps on men and women? I am in my 40s, with Norwood III vertex hair loss on the Norwood Chart. Will the laser cap stop hair loss for me? I’m okay with what I have, but I hate to lose more.
Dr. Friedman’s Answer:
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) also known as Photobiomodulation, has been growing in popularity as more products receive FDA Clearance for hair loss, and more articles are published in peer-reviewed publications. The latest FDA cleared device is the Capillus 272 Laser which has 272 laser diodes in a portable cap. Their FDA study demonstrated a 51% increase from miniaturized hairs to terminal (fully growing) hairs over the placebo or sham device it was being tested against. This was a double blind study, which is required for FDA clearance.
The most important fact regarding hair lasers is the fact that these lasers do not grow hair where there is no hair. It has very successfully stopped hair loss in most patients and has a very good chance of reversing miniaturized or vellus hairs. It cannot bring back dead follicles despite the FDA clearing the lasers for hair growth.
I recommend the laser to anyone experiencing hair loss to stop future loss, and anything else is a plus.
— Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon