I have discussed low level laser therapy (LLLT) many times in the past on this blog. Today there are a select few laser products that are on the market that have been cleared or approved by the FDA for use on the scalp to regrow hair. Of course these approvals and clearances do not mean that the product has gone through rigorous clinical trials. For the most part, you can only assume that the approval ensures safety rather than efficacy.
Hair regrowth from lasers is still a controversial subject, and from what I have read in various studies, the best results will lead to maintenance and, if you are lucky, minor regrowth. You will not get anywhere near your teenage hairline back from using lasers. Totally bald areas of the scalp will not sprout hair once again after light phototherapy.
The oldest of these FDA cleared lasers is the HairMax LaserComb, while the most recent of these is the Theradome Laser Helmet. Also cleared are the funky looking iGrow Laser Helmet; the iRestore Hair Growth System; and the Capillus Laser Therapy Cap. Note that the FDA clearance statement for each of these products uses different terminology and is not the same thing.
Theradome CEO Interview on Reddit
Several days ago, the inventor of the Theradome (ex-NASA scientist Dr. Tamim Hamid) answered a number of questions about the product on Reddit.
Some of the interesting things that I learnt from those responses include:
- The company is primarily targeting females.
- A wavelength of 660-680nm is needed for the follicle to absorb the laser light.
- The product could also work on beard hair.
- It seems like Dr. Hamid is a big fan of anti-fungal shampoos such as Nizoral.
I suspect that the high price of these products has to decline significantly in the coming years, and hopefully we will have a few more FDA cleared products on the market in the next several years.
On internet hair loss forums, you can find numerous posts from people who have been making their own cheap at-home laser devices for hair growth. For safety reasons I cannot ever advise readers of this blog to do likewise, but I highly recommend reading some of those entertaining forum posts.
Maybe in the future I should author a blog post with links in there to my favorite hair loss forum threads regrading futuristic at-home laser device contraption construction?
8 thoughts on “Interview with Dr. Tamim Hamid, Theradome Inventor”
So there is basically nothing on the market that can produce enormous results.
There are certainly things that produce enormous results for some people, the most obvious being propecia/avodart and rogaine or a combination of the two. Just not for everyone.
I tried finding out about the Theradome for a month or so but couldn’t find anything substantial. If I thought it would have had a chance I would have bought it.
Dont you spend a Single $ on the fraud guys
I wish there were products that would work for the masses instead of the few
I think people should realise that the reason they don’t work for everyone is because although DHT is a common trigger… there are many angles to MALE PATTERN BALDNESS. many..
+1. when will be available A NEW EFFECTIVE TREATMENT? How can it be possible that it is so difficult?
Es lo que todos nos preguntamos. Quisiera saber el inicio de fase 2 de histogen en japón y replicel y shiseido. Nadie dice nada.
Estuve viendo otro foro de perdida de cabello, ellos estan siguiendo a Follica. Transmito uno de los comentarios. Follica tienen pocas esperanzas porque hasta la fecha nunca han publicado nada nuevo. Histogen no tiene financiamiento y Replicel dicen que las células pierden su inductancia durante el proceso de replicación, así como también en la fase 1 obtuvieron un porcentaje bajo sumado a esto nuevo dificilmente lleguen a algo. No entiendo nada. En las conferencias que dan Replicel e Histogen no parece ser esta la verdad. Alguien me puede aclarar el panorama. Estas cosas me tiran muy abajo con las esperanzas.