I have always been a skeptic when it comes to low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatments for hair loss. This is not to say that I felt there was zero logic or benefit in using lasers to treat scalp hair loss. In fact, for years, I have heard of the phenomenon of laser hair removal causing the unwanted and opposite side effect of laser hair stimulation in some people! However, I felt and still feel that the benefits of LLLT on scalp hair are modest at best. Lasers used for body hair removal are more powerful and quite different from those used to treat scalp hair loss.
The follically blessed Dr. Alan Bauman has always been a strong supporter of LLLT. This debate from 2008 between Dr. Feller and Dr. Bauman is quite interesting. Dr. Bauman was also part of a 2004/2005 Dateline NBC show that followed 5 patients on different treatment protocols, with the HairMax Lasercomb resulting in favorable albeit not stellar results (see patient “George” at 8:10 onwards in this video):
Besides Dr. Bauman, numerous other physicians support the use of Lasercomb today. The company’s website also lists an impressive list of advisers, which includes many well known hair transplant surgeons. The Amazon.com customer reviews for HairMax LaserComb average 3 stars across 73 people as of today. I would advise always looking at Amazon reviews with a critical eye, and giving more credence to reviewers who have their real names displayed and verified, and to reviewers who have posted reviews of many different types of products over the course of at least 2-3 years. Way too many suspect and fraudulent reviews out there.