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Hot on the heels of the Theradome laser helmet which claims to reduce hair loss in women, comes the LaserCap.

What is the LaserCap?LaserCap - The Latest Wearable LLLT Hair Loss Treatment Device

The LaserCap is a flexible dome-shaped plastic membrane containing 224 low level lasers, which can be worn inside a cap or hat. Like the Theradome, it is designed to be a wearable solution to treating hair loss using low-level laser treatment (LLLT). LaserCap claims its portable, hands-free device will treat female and male hair loss, thinning, shedding and receding hair lines. The brand also describe the insert as ‘an anti-ageing treatment for the hair and scalp’.

Fits inside your own headwear

The LaserCap insert should be charged using the rechargeable battery pack provided, then worn inside your own headgear, or one of the caps provided with the device.

Once in place and turned on, the low-level lasers, which cover the top of the head, bathing it in red light, emit the therapeutic light which is used in all forms of LLLT and is scientifically-proven to boost hair regrowth.

The general guidance with regards to how long you should wear the LaserCap for, is to have three 20-minute sessions per week, and definitely no more than a 1 hour session every other day. However, the brand notes no formal tests have been carried out on use of the LaserCap beyond the 3 x 20 minute sessions. Users are directed to consult their doctor for specific advice on the timing best suited to them.

The main focus in the marketing of this insert, aside from the convenience angle, is that it uses ‘optimal power’. This means the LaserCap has been designed to deliver up to 4 Joules/cm2 of laser light energy to the scalp per treatment session. This is the power level shown to produce maximal cell activation in other LLLT devices.

Efficacy of the LaserCap

The LaserCap has not seemingly undergone any clinical trials yet as the double-blind LLLT study available from their website researches the efficacy and safety of a competitor’s low-level laser therapy device – the HairMax LaserComb.

The general science behind LLLT appears to be the main foundation for LaserCap’s claims that its treatment is ‘scientifically-proven’. Low-level laser light is clinically proven to promote hair growth. It does so by aiding respiration, micro-circulation, metabolism and protein synthesis at the cellular level and by increasing blood-flow to the scalp and hair follicles.

Developed in Ohio, USA, the LaserCap is not currently cleared for hair loss treatment by the FDA.

As hair transplant surgeon, Robert Haber, MD explains, ‘LaserCap uses the same laser diode wavelength and output power per laser as an FDA-cleared low-level-laser device for hair re-growth; however, LaserCap has 224 laser diodes versus 9 laser diodes in the FDA-cleared device and LaserCap treats the entire affected scalp with an accurate and adjustable light dosimetry’.

LaserCap states that the device is suitable for use with minoxidil and Propecia, and advise anyone taking male or female pattern hair loss treatments continue to use them in conjunction with their insert. This is because these are the only proven treatments for combatting hair loss. This information suggests – as we would expect – that the gadget is better suited to use as part of a pharmaceutical hair loss treatment plan, to boost the effects of established medications for stopping and reversing hair loss.

Other laser devices for treating hair loss

HairMax LaserComb Whilst the convenience of the LaserCap sounds promising, until further clinical trials have been carried out and FDA-clearance granted, hair loss sufferers may want to consider alternative options.

The recently-released Theradome was the first wearable LLLT device for hair loss treatment. Designed by a NASA scientist, the helmet has been cleared by the FDA for use by women and is pending approval for use by men. It has not yet been tested on either men or women with dark brown or black skin, however, this is also true of the HairMax LaserComb which has been found to work well on users with dark skin tones, despite a lack of studies.

The most popular laser therapy device is currently the award-winning HairMax LaserComb. Cleared by the FDA for use by men and women in treating hair loss, we recommend the LaserComb as part of a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme and include the device free of charge with most Belgravia plans. The LaserComb’s patented hair-dividing action allows the lasers to get straight to the scalp, rather than being stuck in the hair. We have found that using the HairMax LaserComb in conjunction with medically-proven hair loss treatments, helps to boost their effects and aids healthy hair regrowth.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back for updates.


The Belgravia Centre

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An American company claims its new Theradome laser helmet is the first wearable laser scalp treatment to “stop hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair”, but can this helmet really cure baldness?

Designed by a former NASA scientist, to be worn twice per week for 20 minutes at a time, the headgear is marketed more towards women with hair loss issues as, currently, the Theradome has only been FDA-cleared for use by women with their FDA clearance for men still pending

The cordless hair restoration device uses 80 cooling lasers that provide over 560 mW of low level laser therapy. This is meant to grow new, healthy hair whilst doubling the hair follicle size of existing hair, in addition to slowing down or stopping hair loss, with no side effects. Can this helmet cure baldness?

Theradome claims to show results over a period of over 100 weeks. After 18-24 weeks Theradome advises your hair will be ‘cleaner, more manageable…with improved lustre and fuller body’, with thicker, longer hair and a healthier scalp occurring after 26-50 weeks of continued use of the helmet. From 52 weeks they say you will start to see ‘the hairs on the top of the head and the vertex will start filling in’, then from the 100 week treatment mark onwards, Theradome claims users will experience ‘fuller and thicker hair will result with continued use’.

Two clinical trials were conducted by Theradome and their results state that the hair loss helmet was proven to regrow hair in 98% of users. Additionally, the studies found that hair thickness, volume and density increased by 200% within six weeks.

Our highly respected hair transplant partner, Dr Bessam Farjo, told the Daily Mail: ‘I do believe that laser technology has validity, but I’m sceptical of the specific claims made by Theradome GB that this particular headgear has the ability to increase the hair shaft diameter by 200 per cent. I have not seen any scientific evidence to support this.

‘It’s great to see businesses putting resources to the development of this technology, but more scientific results are needed to back-up the huge claims that Theradome is making.’

From the information available, this helmet appears to be potentially more of a hair growth booster rather than a hair loss treatment. Whilst hair growth boosters are an integral part of any full hair loss treatment programme, for optimum results they should be used alongside specialist medications developed to stop hair loss and start the regrowth process.

Theradome advises its helmet can be used alongside other hair loss treatments, stating that by doing so ‘your hair recovery will be even more rapid than just taking the pills alone.’

The laser therapy operates  in a similar way to the convenient HairMax LaserComb which, unlike the Theradome, is FDA-cleared for use by both men and women. A complimentary HairMax LaserComb can be included within most of Belgravia’s treatment courses.

These types of Hair Growth Boosters work primarily by stimulating the scalp to increase blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation of the scalp which can also help with scalp conditions such as dermatitis. This stimulus encourages hair growth, allowing the regrowth medication (usually Minoxidil) to work more effectively, whilst maintaining the condition of the hair and scalp.

If you would like our hair loss specialists to provide personal advice on the best course of treatment for your condition, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation. If you are unable to get to either of our Central London hair loss clinics, just complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

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MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

MediGro is a product that is advertised as a treatment for hair loss. The product is a supplement, similar to a number of other hair supplements such as Procerin, Provillus and Hair Vitalics. None of these supplements are medications, and none have ingredients that are proven to assist in the prevention of hair loss.

MediGro contains a blend of ingredients (listed below) that has been titled the ‘GroMax’ blend by its manufacturers. Each of the ingredients contained are natural, supplemental products.

MediGroClinical efficacy (the effectiveness and safety of a product) is decided following large-scale clinical trials for medications. Medications that are clinically proven to carry out any medical purpose will be licensed by a medical regulatory body (if they are safe to use) such as the MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA. The only two medications that have been clinically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair, and are licensed by both the MHRA and FDA are minoxidil and Propecia. These two products were part of large-scale clinical trails on thousands of participants, and it was found that they did improve hair growth for men and women (Propecia men only) with genetic hair loss.

For more information on the medically proven treatments for hair loss and how to achieve the very best levels of hair regrowth please visit our Hair Loss Treatment page.

MediGro Ingredients

  • OptiMSM™
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp
  • L-arginine
  • Zinc
  • L-lysine
  • Biotin
  • Spirulina
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MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

Hår Vokse is a supplement marketed for the prevention of hair loss. Like similar products Nourkrin and Viviscal, Har Vokse contains minerals and vitamins in addition to a marine protein extract from a ‘deep sea fish living along the Norwegian costline’.

Hår Vokse is an unlicensed product that claims on its website to have carried out a clinic study in 2001 that was published in the Journal of International Medical Research. Like any other unlicensed product, marketing for Har Vokse is not entitled to make claims of hair loss prevention or hair regrowth.

Har VokseThe Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for approving medicinal products in the UK and US respectively, and licensing them for a specific purpose once they have unequivocally demonstrated safety and efficacy in treating that condition. You can therefore only be
sure that a product is effective to its stated cause if it has been licensed by these bodies.

There are two products that have been licensed by both the UK and US medical regulatory bodies, these are Propecia and minoxidil. Both of these products are medically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair. Find out more about clinically proven hair loss treatments.

For more information on the most well known products that are marketed for hair loss, please visit our hair loss products page.

Har Vokse Ingredients

Natural Marine Protein Comlex™ – marine polysaccharides.
Amino acids
Zinc gluconate
Extracts of grape skin and grape seeds (antioxidants)
Vitamin B-complex
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Chlorophyll

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For information on the bespoke minoxidil products available from The Belgravia Centre please contact us by calling 020 7730 6666 or arrange a free consultation.

Below we have provided a selection of Belgravia’s hair loss success stories. Click on an image for the full success story, or view our full gallery of hair loss success stories.

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

Receding Hairline

 

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Male Pattern Hair Loss Photoscans The Belgravia Centre“I thought doing one of these things would never work but to my surprise after 3 months it began to work!  I saw a big improvement in the crown area and it just kept improving after that, I really would recommend this to anyone who is a bit sceptical about these things, it doesn’t promise to make miracles but if you want a major difference in your hair loss – use these guys!”

Cass

Diagnosis:  Male Pattern Hair Loss 

Male Pattern Hair Loss Comment The Belgravia Centre

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Regaine Foam

The active ingredient found in Regaine foam is minoxidil (5%), which is the same active ingredient and dose, as Regaine’s classic Regaine 5% minoxidil liquid. The only difference between the two, which is also the selling point, is that the form of the new product is a foam or ‘mousse’ as opposed to a liquid. The TV advert features a man spraying some foam on his hand and applying it to an area of thin hair on his crown.

Our initial thoughts about the product are that it won’t in fact be as effective as a liquid minoxidil formulation. If applied correctly, a liquid can be placed directly on the scalp and optimally absorbed. Even if some of the liquid lands on the hair, the laws of gravity will ensure most will drip onto the scalp as required. With a foam, however, it will be very difficult (almost impossible, in fact) for all of the product to be applied to the scalp and we would imagine the majority would be absorbed by the hair, depending of course on the thickness of the user’s hair. If you observe the TV advert for Regaine Foam, you will notice that when the user applies the foam, none actually seems to reach his scalp, but instead gets absorbed by his hair. Absorbtion into the hair would be of no use to somebody wishing to prevent hair thinning, as it is required that the product penetrates the scalp in order to reach hair follicles.

An ongoing survey carried out by The Belgravia Centre has found that people who have used Regaine 5% liquid have in fact reported better results than those who have used Regaine 5% Foam. This is likely because of the texture and method of application, as mentioned above.

Minoxidil 12.5 + Azelaic Acid Cream

Minoxidil Cream Vs. Foam

It is possible to formulate a cream into higher strengths than the widely available 5% minoxidil, whilst at the same time using an applicator to apply the cream directly to the scalp without it being absorbed into the hair, which would be of no use for hair growth.

Find out about Belgravia’s unique, bespoke minoxidil formulations.


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Alpecin ShampooName: Mark

Question: Do you offer Alpecin shampoo in your treatment regimes? If not, why?

Answer: Alpecin is a shampoo, which would be heavily diluted with water when applied to the scalp (in the shower or bath). It is unlikely that any of the product would be absorbed into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.

Aside from this fact, there is currently no significant evidence that caffeine has prevention properties for hair loss in humans. In previous lab tests, caffiene was seen to block DHT (the hormone that causes genetic hair loss) when applied directly to individual hair follicles, but these conditions are very different to those when washing your hair with a shampoo.

There are however treatments that are proven to prevent and reverse hair loss. Find out about them here.

More information can be found on an earlier Alpecin story.

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Rats Regrowing Hair (astressin-B)Laboratory tests on a chemical compound called astressin-B has shown ‘astounding’ results for hair regrowth, with the effects lasting up to four months after just one jab a day for five days.

The research, published in the web-based publication PloS One, revealed that the discovery was unearthed “entirely by accident.”

Researchers from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) were studying mice with gut problems that were genetically altered to overproduce the stress hormone corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF). The chemical compound astressin-B – thought to obstruct CRF – was then injected into the balding mice.

“Our findings show that a short-duration treatment with this compound causes an astounding long-term hair regrowth in chronically stressed mutant mice,” said Dr Million Mulugeta of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“This molecule also keeps the hair colour (and) prevents the hair from turning grey,” he told the AFP news agency.

”This could open new avenues to treat hair loss in humans,” Dr Mulugeta added.

Afterwards, the researchers treated the mice with minoxidil alone. The study reported that this procedure “resulted in mild hair growth, as it does in humans. This suggests that astressin-B could also translate for use in human hair growth.”

Minoxidil – one of only two current treatments medically proven for hair loss prevention, was similarly discovered by accident. It was observed that people using minoxidil as a treatment for high blood pressure were growing unusual amounts of excess hair.

“it is difficult to tell whether this treatment would work for humans”, said Leonora Doclis of The Belgravia Centre, “but if it had a similar effect on genetic hair loss then the future could be very promising for hair loss sufferers. The current treatments are very effective but to be able to completely reverse total baldness would be revolutionary”.

The potential use of astressin-B in human hair loss cases was boosted by the research team’s assertion that no sign of toxicity appeared after extensive tests on the mice. However, human hair loss treatments with astressin-B – if they even come about– may take around five to 10 years to transpire and whether the treatment will be equally as effective for humans, whilst ensuring safety, is still unknown.

The next 10 years could prove to be revolutionary for hair loss sufferers, with the possibility of a number of new treatments on the horizon, including treatment related to stem cells and the new discovery of astressin-B. In the mean-time, there are two clinically proven treatments that are highly effective in preventing hair loss and regrowing hair for those with moderate to severe thinning hair. View before/after hair growth photos and feedback from people using specially tailored combinations of these treatments, with added hair growth boosters.

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