Until recently, LLLT has been relatively underutilized
in North America. Today, however, there is increasing awareness
and acceptance of low level laser among practitioners.
International practitioners are realizing the benefits of LLLT
more than ever before, while North American consumers are increasingly
willing to try alternative treatments. The LLLT used in the HairMax
LaserComb is non-invasive and without any known side effects.
The History of Laser Phototherapy
The use of photo-therapy (light therapy) in medicine has a long
history. The Egyptians filtered sunlight through precious gems to
obtain desired colors of light. Archeologists have found ancient
records on Egyptian papyri dating back to 1550 BC detailing phototherapy
"cures.” The Greeks built solarium cities in high mountains
to harness the additional ultra-violet light available there for
healing tuberculosis and red light was used to quell the effects
of the smallpox virus
In 1903, the second Nobel Prize
in Medicine (Physiology) was awarded to
Ryberg Finsen, M.D., in recognition of his contribution
to the treatment of diseases with concentrated light energy,
“PhotoTherapy”. Dr. Finsen was recognized for
opening a whole new avenue for medical science.
It was this Nobel Prize winner’s important
discoveries in the field of PhotoTherapy that laid the foundation
for the invention of the LaserComb for the treatment of hair.
Dr. Finsen is also responsible for bringing early credibility
to this therapy.
Laser Phototherapy for Healthier
Up until recently, the availability of Laser PhotoTherapy treatment
for hair was only made possible through visits to advanced hair
clinics. These clinics were the only ones able to feature the larger
low level laser devices that were automated to treat a patient's
hair. Additionally, this method has proved to be expensive and inconvenient,
as patients must schedule appointments to receive treatment at the
clinic on a regular basis.
Now, after 20 years of clinical experience, research and development,
Lexington International, LLC has introduced the first hand-held
Laser PhotoTherapy device for better looking hair: The HairMax LaserComb.
Patented and manufactured in the United States, the LaserComb is
an effective treatment for improving the appearance of hair without
requiring the use of supplements or topical solutions.
What Is Low Level Laser ?
Low Level Laser is a term adopted by the laser therapy community
to differentiate this form of treatment from high power lasers such
as those used in surgery. Low Level Laser and, lately, Light Therapy
are commonly abbreviated as LLLT. The laser energy produced by the
LaserComb is within the accepted level of LLLT. The HairMax uses
a laser diode operating in the red portion of the visible color
spectrum. Laser energy is different from natural light in several
ways. It is monochromatic, which means all the energy is essentially
one wavelength or color whereas a light bulb produces a broad spectrum
of light and energy waves. Laser energy is also collimated which
means it is a tight beam of light energy that spreads or diverges
only a little at great distances while a light bulb loses its brightness
very quickly with distance.
And laser energy is also coherent. All energy consists of waves
of energy and in the light bulb these waves are not organized or
in sync with each other. The waves of light energy produced by a
laser are synched or in phase with each other. These characteristics
make laser energy a truly unique form of light energy.
LLLT is used throughout the world and for the energy produced by
the HairMax there are no reported or known adverse side effects.
High Power Lasers vs. Low Level Laser
There are two types of lasers: high power and low power. High power
lasers are used to cut through tissue and give off heat. Low level
laser on the other hand does not give off heat and uses photo energy.
The FDA and HairMax LaserComb
The laser used in Lexington International’s HairMax
LaserComb© is the result of 18 years of use and
research. The HairMax LaserComb©
complies with USA FDA CDRH laser product safety standards and the
LaserComb is currently being marketed for cosmetic appearance claims
such as healthier, fuller, shinier and stronger hair.