Low Level Laser Therapy in Real Practice:
There are many treatments for androgenetic hair loss (female pattern hair loss). That said, there are only a limited number of treatments with good scientific evidence to back them up. With the publication of an independent study in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology last January regarding the benefit of the HairMax Laser Comb, I've been increasingly incorporating these devices into my treatment algorithms for men and women.
Researchers from Brazil and Switzerland recently performed a study to evaluate the benefit and safety of the HairMax Laser Comb for treating androgenetic hair loss, either as a solo stand alone treatment or in combination with other treatments. Patients from the authors’ practices used the HairMax laser combs and were assessed with global photographic imaging.
Of 32 patients (21 female, 11 male), 8 (25 %) showed significant, 20 (62.5%) moderate, and 4 (12.5%) had no improvement. Improvement was seen both with monotherapy and with concomitant therapy and observed as early as 3 months. There were no side effects.
The HairMax Laser Comb provides benefits
This is yet another of a growing number of independent post marketing studies to support the role of the HairMax laser comb for treatment of both male and female AGA. Treatments appear synergistic and additive and further studies are needed to understand how combination treatments with minoxidil, finasteride, and LLLT may enhance hair growth.
Munck A et al. Use of low-level laser therapy as monotherapy or concomitant therapy for male and female androgenetic alopecia. Int J Trichology 2014; 6: 45-9
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887