Questions to Ask Before Doing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
As Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy has gained in popularity as a hair restoration treatment, there has been an increase in medical practices that now offer it. We are big supporters of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for hair restoration, so we are excited to see its popularity grow. That being said, as more non-hair loss specialists start offering Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, it is important for patients to make sure that they are being treated by experienced staff. Regardless of where you decide to get Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, here are some important questions to ask the provider before starting your treatment.
Do you have experience treating female hair loss?
For most women, the cause of hair loss is due to genetics. However, there is a large subset of women that are experiencing hair loss due to other factors, including, but not limited to: thyroid issues, medications, stress, hormonal imbalance, or issues with their diet. To effectively treat female hair loss with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, it is necessary to be able to understand the underlying cause of the hair loss.
How did you determine my type of hair loss and is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy an effective treatment for this type of hair loss?
While Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a great treatment, it is not a great treatment for all types of hair loss. For patients experiencing Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Alopecia Areata, or Traction Alopecia, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be a great treatment option. However, if you have a different type of hair loss like Scarring Alopecia or Telogen Effluvium, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is not the right choice. It is important to make sure the practitioner has determined that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy will be effective for your type of hair loss.
Could any of my medications inhibit the effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
With Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, we are actually trying to cause an inflammatory response in the scalp to tell the body to begin healing and rejuvenate the follicles. However, if you are taking an anti-inflammatory like aspirin or a corticosteroid, it could prevent you from getting the best response possible.
Are there other treatments I should do in conjunction with my Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a great treatment for female hair loss, but it is not the only treatment. If you are experiencing hair loss, it is often best to do multiple treatments as they work in different ways and can get you the best results. Other treatments like Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Formula 82 (minoxidil), and Viviscal, can be great options to use in conjunction with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and potentially get you even better results.
These are just some examples of important questions to ask your practitioner before starting treatment. If you think Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy may be right for you, we always recommend speaking to a hair loss specialist that can determine the best treatment plan to treat your specific hair loss.
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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.
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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.
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