Theradome: it sounds like something straight out of a classic Mad Max science fiction movie. Enter The Theradome – the latest electronic device using lasers to… regrow hair.
Theradome is the official name of the Silicon Valley company that is just now introducing the Theradome Hair Restoration Helmet into the market. With an introductory unit price of $375, the makers of Theradome are hoping to stimulate consumer demand as well as new hair growth with their invention.
But does it work? More to the point, is Theradome a viable alternative to hair transplant surgery? Let’s take a brief look at the device and how it works. On first blush, Theradome might easily be confused with a hockey helmet. Only don’t expect this contraption to withstand many blows from hockey pucks. Theradome was invented by NASA scientist Tamim Hamid, a specialist in biomedical engineering. The device is battery powered and uses an array of 80 lasers to stimulate hair follicles to achieve thicker, fuller, healthier hair shafts. At least, that’s the company’s claim.
A product description further states that Theradome’s lasers produce an impressive 440+ joules of optimal wavelength laser light to promote hair growth at “678 nanometers.” The device also boasts an automatic hair-parting mechanism. Theradome is meant to be used in 20-minute sessions twice a week. The company promises good results after 26 treatments with the device and even better results after 100 treatments.
At present, the device has been FDA-approved for use only by women but clearance for use by men is expected in late 2013. What’s more, Theradome can be used in combination with hair regrowth products like Rogaine, Propecia, and Dutasteride with no side effects. The company also claims that Theradome works well with patients 30 days after having hair transplant surgery by accelerating healing and easing surgical trauma to the hair follicles.
Theradome is said to be helpful at various stages of hair loss and has the ability to reverse potential miniaturization of follicles leading to hair loss. The laser heating action is also said to contribute to the flow of blood-based nutrients to the follicles to maintain or restore follicle health. The device is available over the counter and promises “clinical results.”
With 80 million men and women in the U.S. suffering from some degree of hair loss, that’s a bold statement to make. One which can be broadly demonstrated only after prolonged, widespread use. Time will tell whether Theradome is a useful adjunct to other thinning hair treatments or just another mass-market gimmick who’s day will come and go.
Discuss your options with a qualified hair transplant surgeon to find out which hair restoration method is right for you in your personal battle against thinning hair.
Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact The Choe Center for Hair Restoration at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.