Hot on the heels of the Theradome laser helmet which claims to reduce hair loss in women, comes the LaserCap.
What is the LaserCap?
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 light 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 therapeutical 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
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 skintones, 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 action of combing the hair with the device 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
The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, with two locations in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation or complete our online consultation form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our extensive Hair Loss Success Stories gallery, which is the largest collection of ‘Before & After’ treatment pictures in the world, demonstrating the levels of success that so many of our patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
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