Latest Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Study Confirms Medi Tresse Protocols
If you have read our blogs before you have probably read one of our posts about how there is no standard protocol for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, which makes it difficult for patients as they determine the best treatment option for them. Not only are there multiple Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) kits used, with varying amounts of blood drawn and number of spins, but the protocol that practices follow can differ. For instance, our research has shown that it is best to start patients with a protocol of one treatment a month for three months. We pride ourselves on making sure that our protocols are based on the best available research and this constant review led us to our exclusive Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy treatment that we started to offer this year. While we are confident in our treatment plans, it is always great when we come across more research that confirms our protocols, which is why we were excited to see the results of a recent study released in the October 2019 edition of the journal of Dermatologic Surgery titled Platelet-Rich Plasma as a Treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia.
While this study in the journal of Dermatologic Surgery was not a new study on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, instead it was a review of 10 of the more substantive studies on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to evaluate the effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Based on the review of previous studies it found a few essential factors that the authors believe are important for successful treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy:
||It is recommended that patients start with one treatment a month for three months for a total of three treatments followed by a maintenance regimen
|Activation of Platelets
||Activating the platelets with calcium chloride or scalp needling is recommended
||The optimal concentration of platelets for the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is 1.5 billion per ml
These findings are important, because they are consistent with our current treatment plans, specifically the Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy. With our Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy we are conducting a platelet count on the day of treatment, which allows us to customize the treatment to ensure that we are reaching the optimal concentration of 1.5 billion per ml. Our goal is to always provide the best possible treatments backed by research and this study confirms that we are doing that.
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Update - Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy A Treatment Option for Alopecia Areata
Back in 2016 we wrote a blog post about how new research has shown Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to be an effective treatment for Alopecia Areata. It has now been three years since then and we wanted to provide an update on where we stand with utilizing PRP Therapy as a treatment for Alopecia Areata. Before we get into the update, it is important to understand Alopecia Areata and how it is different from other forms of hair loss. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, which causes inflammation around the follicle and ultimately causes the hair to fall out. There are various types of Alopecia Areata and it can affect the scalp, eyebrows, or the hair all over your body. It is important to understand that when a flareup occurs, the hair is not gone forever, and many patients are able to regrow their hair through various treatments. However, due to the disease, a flareup can reoccur at any time causing the hair loss again. Historically, the only treatment for Alopecia Areata was steroids, both injected and topically applied on the affected areas. However, using steroids long term is never ideal and not all patients tolerate them well.
In the past three years we have had 6 patients with Alopecia Areata (with varying degrees of loss) that have moved forward with PRP Therapy. Of these 6 patients, 4 saw benefit from the PRP Therapy and 2 did not. Based on the current research and the small sample size we have seen in our office, we would certainly continue to offer PPR Therapy for Alopecia Areata, especially for those patients that tried steroids with little or no success. Our PRP Therapy protocol for Alopecia Areata is slightly different than that of patients with other types of hair loss. Our typical PRP Therapy protocol is to start with three treatments, however for patients with Alopecia Areata, if we see results during the treatment period we will complete up to 6 treatments to help stimulate further healing of the area.
If you have been struggling with Alopecia Areata and want to find out if Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy might be an option for you schedule your free consultation today with our medical team.
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Am I Getting The Best Possible Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy has become a popular treatment for many different medical problems. In the last 10 years I have seen Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy used for osteoarthritis of the knees, soft tissue injuries, collagen growth in cosmetic procedures, bone growth in dental procedures, hair regrowth and other regenerative procedures. Intense research has been ongoing for over a decade in this country and abroad. However, after reviewing literally hundreds of research articles, what has become obvious to me is that not all Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is the same.
The process of performing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is actually very simple. A sample of blood is removed from the arm, just like any blood test. The tube of blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the blood separates in different layers, one of which contains the platelet blood cells, around which are many different types of growth factors. When this layer is then injected into the area to be treated, these growth factors stimulate new cell growth.
So what makes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy treatments different? Why aren’t they all the same? There are so many variables, which can interfere with the final outcome and prevent new cell growth. For instance, there are many different brands of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy kits, all of which have different abilities to obtain the correct number of platelets needed for cell growth. There are also many different treatment protocols; in other words, how many treatments are needed and how often? The training and experience of the medical professionals performing the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is extremely variable. So how do you know if you are getting the best possible Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy treatment? Honestly, it can be very difficult for consumers to know.
At Medi Tresse, because we are a medical practice and not just a med-spa, we utilize the most effective methods of performing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for hair regrowth. We are staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses who have done the research and attend annual conferences on hair loss to collaborate with other industry leaders to make sure that we are following best industry practices. Our staff has completed over 1800 Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy procedures, resulting in more than an 85% success rate. We monitor treatment carefully with follow-up exams and photos to document progress. We are constantly reviewing and updating our treatment plans for all our patients.
Hair loss in women can be an emotional problem and difficult to treat properly. At Medi Tresse, we treat all our patients with the best medical care available, with compassion and respect.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
Why You Should Consider PRP Therapy for Thinning Hair
Hair loss is one of those conditions that can affect anyone at anytime, however, 40 % of women have visible hair loss by the time they are 40. It is important to understand that once the scalp is visible, that means up to 50% of the density has already been lost. While it can be easy to think there's no solution for women’s hair loss, there are actually many great treatment options available. Here are just a few of the benefits associated with one of those options: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is one of the safest methods of hair rejuvenation for women. This particular treatment takes platelets straight from the patient's blood and uses it in the procedure, which means there's no risk of allergic reactions, outside toxins, or rejections from the body.
This procedure is akin to having blood taken. Only a small amount of platelets are required for maximum effectiveness, and there's hardly any pain during the withdrawal or during the treatment itself. To minimize discomfort, local anesthesia is used at the treatment site, which means it's both less invasive and less painful for patients.
The recovery time for this procedure is practically non-existent. PRP hair rejuvenation creates effective results with limited downtime, because the treatment itself is minimally invasive. After your treatment, it's completely safe to go about your daily routine.
Most PRP therapy requires three treatments over the span of two months. After that, patients typically start to see a benefit within three to four months of their last treatment. PRP helps you preserve the hair you have, stimulate new hair growth, and promote stronger, healthier hair with no major time commitment.
Whether you've been experiencing hair loss for some time now or your battle is just beginning, PRP therapy is a treatment option you need to consider for the future. Don't let hair loss stop you from living your best life.
If you suffer from hair loss and are anxious about its effects, call us at 800-840-HAIR for a free consultation. At Medi Tresse, we offer only non-surgical treatments that are clinically proven to treat female hair loss.
What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), clinically known as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia, is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of female pattern hair loss in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years. Female pattern hair loss tends to run in families, and inheritance can be from either the mother or father, but sometimes there is no family history. We know that hormones play a role in this type of hair loss, especially the “androgenic” hormones such as testosterone.
Female pattern hair loss is typically more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp. Over time the hair shaft gets thinner in a process known as “miniaturization”. Your hair goes through a constant life cycle, as we naturally shed and grow new hairs. However, miniaturization occurs, because the anagen phase, or growth phase, of the hair cycle gets shorter, which means the hair is not able to grow as long or thick as it has in the past. Eventually if not treated, the affected hair will continue to get smaller and disappear completely.
The good news is there are great treatment options for female pattern hair loss, but it is very important to start as early as possible. If a hair has been lost for a long time there is no way to get it back, unless you surgically transplant a different follicle in that area. However, with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) you can reverse the miniaturization and thicken and grow existing hairs. If your loss is recent, we may be able to re-activate dormant follicles so that they start producing a hair again. If you think you may be experiencing signs of female pattern hair loss it is important to see a hair loss specialist as soon as possible so that they can diagnose your type of hair loss and come up with a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Formula 82M vs OTC Minoxidil
When many patients start to see signs of hair loss, their first thought is often to try one of the many over the counter minoxidil treatments. Minoxidil is a topical treatment, and the most commonly known brand is Rogaine. Minoxidil can be a great first step for hair loss, and was FDA approved in 1988. Patients experiencing Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Telogen Effluvium, and early Traction Alopecia are good candidates for minoxidil.
While minoxidil can be a good first step for patients with early signs of hair loss, many patients feel that over the counter minoxidil treatments can be irritating or make their hair greasy. At Medi Tresse we offer a specially compounded minoxidil solution called Formula 82M, which combats these issues. Formula 82M is specially formulated to be less irritating and less greasy, while also having a higher absorption rate, which means your scalp and follicles will receive a greater percentage of the minoxidil in Formula 82M than with an over the counter option.
Most patients will start to see a benefit from Formula 82M in three to six months, but for some patients it could take six to twelve months. At Medi Tresse we have seen the best results for patients when they combine the Formula 82M with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device like a laser cap. If you think you may be experiencing signs of hair loss the first step should always be to see a hair loss specialist who can not only diagnose your type of hair loss, but provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
New Year's Resolutions For Your Hair Health
If you are anything like the team here at Medi Tresse, you have probably spent the last month coming up with a list of New Year's Resolutions for 2017. Since our main focus at Medi Tresse is the well-being of your hair, we just want to make sure you do not forget about the health of your locks this upcoming year! Here are a few resolutions that will help improve hair health and decrease breakage in 2017!
- Take a daily multivitamin to help assure your follicles are provided with the adequate nutrition they need to grow strong. The following vitamins and minerals are essential for not only hair, but healthy skin and nails as well:
- Copper, Iron, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamins B6, B12, A, C, D, E, and Omega-3’s
- While taking a daily multi-vitamin is great, nothing beats the natural vitamins and nutrients we get from our diet. Try to make foods that are naturally high in vitamins and nutrients essential to hair health a staple in your diet, such as dark leafy greens, which are high in Iron, Copper, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E or avocados, which are high in Biotin and Copper. You can find a full list of foods in our Avoid the Crash Diet This New Year blog post.
- Try to use the same shampoo for at least 6 months before changing it. Hair can respond to the changing chemicals in the shampoos and become too dry.
- Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks, which promotes strong, healthy locks that are free of brittle split-ends.
- Try not to over style your hair. While you can find a blow dryer and flat iron straightener in all of our bathrooms, just remember that excessive heat can damage the hair, and we want to be careful not to dry out the follicle. Moderation is the key when it comes to using your blow dryer and flat iron.
If you have any hair health questions in 2017, please remember you can always reach out to the Medi Tresse teams in Boston and Chattanooga. Most importantly, we hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy 2017.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Avoid The Crash Diet This Year
It’s hard to believe that the New Year is upon us! As we begin to prepare for the year ahead, New Year’s resolutions often involve new diets and weight loss goals, especially after the Holiday splurge! If losing weight is on your list of resolutions this year, we have a few tips for you.
What you may not be aware of is that both rapid and extreme weight loss, as well as crash diets can actually cause hair loss! Hair loss due to dieting is typically caused by deficiencies in key nutrients, especially if the diet involves food restrictions or limitations. However, often times it may just be due to the changes in your diet or the new drastic loss of weight. Drastic changes on the body, including loss of weight can put a lot of stress on the body. Hair follicles are very vulnerable to this, and often start to shed as a result! This is called Telogen Effluvium, and it is the body’s response to stress. Typically hair loss caused by dieting and weight loss is temporary and can be restored with the proper treatment plan and a balanced diet. However, the key is to lose weight safely in order to limit or avoid hair loss all together.
In order to lose weight you must decrease the number of calories that you take in, either by dieting, exercising, or both. Unfortunately, certain “fad diets” deprive the body of important nutrients that can affect hair growth! For example, while making dietary changes, you want to make sure that your body is still receiving enough biotin, iron, zinc, copper, protein, and vitamins A, C, and E. While it is always best to get these nutrients from natural sources, you should consider taking supplements and multivitamins to ensure your body is receiving the necessary levels of these nutrients, especially while pursuing a weight loss program. Here are some examples of foods from which you can get these vitamins and nutrients naturally:
Oily fish – salmon, tuna
Meats – liver
Meats – liver
Dark leafy greens
Coffee – decaf
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Meats – red meat, pork, poultry
Dark green leafy vegetables - spinach
Dried fruit - apricots
Iron-fortified breads and pastas
Seafood – oysters
Meats – beef, lamb
Seed – pumpkin and squash
Nuts – cashews
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach)
Citrus — Fruits in general
Almonds – nuts in general
Dark leafy greens
Lastly, it is important to avoid “shocking” your body with a crash diet. A crash diet is when you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Not only can this cause hair loss, but usually the loss is short lived and weight is gained back much easier then if it was lost slowly and safely. You never want to lose more than 2 pounds per week, and your diet changes and weight loss should be gradual.If you think you are suffering hair loss caused by recent weight loss or changes in diet, it is always best to consult a hair loss specialist that can diagnose the underlying cause of the hair loss and work with you to create a proper treatment plan. Medi Tresse is your local hair loss treatment team; we provide hair loss treatment to women throughout Boston and Chattanooga.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team