I decided to write my last post on LLLT after reading about a new laser device called the Theradome. Since the HairMax Lasercomb first became popular a decade ago, a number of new laser products and contraptions have entered the market. However, it seems like the Theradome (released in 2013) is the first one that is getting as much publicity as the Lasercomb.
What really struck me about this whole LLLT business is that so many people are willing to splurge for these devices. Despite being a new device, and despite the limited proven benefits of LLLT, Theradome raised close to half a million dollars (!) via its crowd funding campaign on indiegogo in 2013. The campaign’s initial funding goal was $50,000, which I thought as somewhat optimistic (although my opinion is perhaps clouded by seeing the weak results of numerous kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns).
On the campaign home page I linked above, you can see a tab for number of funders, and the total is 1,266. The vast majority of those names are “anonymous” with no country of origin displayed. All the people who bid $395 in the campaign were given a Theradome unit in return, and the current cost of the Theradome is $795 on the company’s website.
The most reviewed version of the HairMax Lasercomb is selling for a substantially less $320 on Amazon at the moment. The Lasercomb has been given FDA clearance for marketing to both males and females.
The Theradome is advertised as being the “First and Only FDA OTC Cleared Clinical Strength Laser Hair Therapy for Home Use”.