Webinar: How Hormones Affect Your Hair
Our webinar series is kicking back up next week Tuesday May 4th at 12:00PM and the topic is "How Hormones Affect Your Hair".
Hormones can have a significant impact on the health of our hair, both naturally and from medications and treatments now being offered. Women will often experience changes in their hair during pregnancy and menopause, when hormones are fluctuating naturally. However, many of the birth control options available today affect our hormones, which can have an impact on our hair, some positive and some negative. We have seen an increase in the use of hormone replacement therapy for various conditions, which can also directly affect our hair as well. During this webinar, we will look at how hormones affect our hair and how and why our hormone levels change and what we can do to protect our hair.
If you happened to miss any of our past webinars, they are all posted on our website and the button below will bring you to our Webinar Series page. Just a reminder that we do offer special discounts and give-a-ways to webinar attendees, so it is always best to attend the webinar if you can.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
Gender Inequalities in the Treatment of Hair Loss
Before Women’s History Month comes to a close, I wanted to touch on a subject that hits really close to home, both professionally and personally; the gender inequalities in healthcare and how these have impacted the treatment of hair loss in women. As a primary care physician for thirty years, I saw firsthand how these inequalities impacted my patients, especially as women are more likely to forego healthcare services due to cost while at the same time often having to pay higher insurance premiums.
When we discuss gender inequalities in healthcare today, the discussion often revolves around access to healthcare, and that is certainly an important part of the discussion. However, one of the biggest issues is that for centuries, medical research was primarily conducted by male doctors and scientists on only male patients. The assumption was made that the results of these studies would be the same for females as males. Unfortunately, this meant that women were not receiving the same level of care, as the medical community did not fully understand what women were experiencing. This too is the history of the treatment of hair loss in women.
For far too long, female hair loss has been an afterthought for most medical practitioners, because its causes were not understood well enough, its impact was not understood well enough, and there were not great treatment options available. Female hair loss can be very complex to diagnose, as there are many potential causes and often multiple factors aggravating the condition. Due to the types of hair loss that women experience, they tend to respond best to medical treatments that focus on treating the causes and not masking the symptoms. For a long time, the only hair restoration option was a hair transplant, which work well for most men, but women are not always great candidates. The reason we, at Medi Tresse, offer hour-long consultations is because it takes that long to properly evaluate, diagnose, and create a customized treatment plan that addresses the needs of that specific patient. Unfortunately, this understanding of how to properly treat hair loss in women is still relatively new and many medical professionals still do not understand what it takes to properly treat or how difficult the experience can be for women. Hair loss has often been brushed aside as a cosmetic issue, but we at Medi Tresse understand the emotional toll that often comes with experiencing hair loss as a woman.
Thankfully, over the past 15 years we have seen progress as great treatment options have become available and more women are now seeking help. According to the International Society of the Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), in 2005 women made up only 28% of the patients seeking non-surgical treatments, but in 2019 that increased to 40%. As one of the leading medical professionals in our industry, we understand that it is our responsibility to help normalize women's hair loss through education and creating a caring and supportive community for women. We still have a ways to go, and we hope to see even more progress over the next 15 years.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
Overcoming Our Own Perceptions of Female Hair Loss
When Medi Tresse opened 2015, our mission was two-fold. First, we wanted to help all women experiencing hair loss feel empowered by their options and reclaim their confidence. Secondly, as the leading medical professionals in our industry, we wanted to normalize women's hair loss through education while creating a caring and supportive community for women. That second part is the hardest, but most important part of our mission.
The reason I am sharing this, is due to a recent patient interaction that I had during a consultation. During the consultation I made a comment about the patient’s hair loss and the patient was slightly taken aback and stated that they did not suffer from hair loss. The patient went on to state that she only has some thinning hair, but not hair loss. This is actually something that is not that uncommon to hear from patients at Medi Tresse.
While hair loss may seem fairly objective, either you have it or you don’t, in reality, that is not how people feel about hair loss. The truth is that everybody has different perceptions about what counts as hair loss. We have some patients that come in with what appear to be full heads of hair, but they are noticing changes in their hair and feel they have hair loss that needs to be treated. We have other patients that come in with what we would consider advanced female hair loss, but they feel like they have just started to notice hair loss or they have always had fine hair so it really is not that advanced to them. It is important not to minimize anyone’s feelings about what they are experiencing.
It is just as important to break through the negative connotations of words and phrases like “hair loss”, ”thinning hair”, or “alopecia”. Thankfully, with the patient I alluded to above, even though this patient did not think they had hair loss, they were still seeking treatment. Unfortunately, many women are unable to take the next step to see a specialist, because doing so would be an admission that they are experiencing hair loss. Hopefully, through greater awareness of how common hair loss is in women and the treatments available, we will be able to break free of our negative perceptions of female hair loss.
We know it is not easy, but important work never is. When you are ready to take that next step, please know that staff at Medi Tresse is here for you.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
2021 Webinar Series Kick Off
After the positive feedback we received in 2020, we are excited to announce the return of our webinar series, with the first webinar of 2021 being hosted on Wednesday January 20th at 12:30PM. We found that webinars not only provided a great way to deliver information to our patients and perspective patients, but with the Q&A portion, they are quite interactive. Each webinar will cover a different topic and will always end with a Q&A where you can ask questions with the panelists. While we will be posting the webinars on our website afterwards, it is best to attend the actual webinar as attendees do receive specials and discounts.
It is important to register for each webinar that you would like to attend as we do limit the number of spots in these webinars to ensure that attendees can ask questions and we can get through all of the questions in a reasonable time. Also, if there are certain topics that you would like covered please let us know. Our goal is to provide information that our patients find useful.
Below is some information on the upcoming currently scheduled webinars. Please let us know if there are any specific topics that you would like covered.
Wednesday January 20th – Tresse Rx and Medi Tresse Hair Care Line
The past 6 months saw the introduction of the Tresse Rx Healthy Hair Program and Medi Tresse Hair Care product line. Tresse Rx includes both a topical growth factor serum and mico-needle applicator, as well as a complete hair loss supplement program. The Medi Tresse Hair Care product line includes shampoos, conditioners, and deep treatments for healthier hair. During this webinar the panelists will go over each product in depth and to help you understand how the products work and who they may benefit.
Wednesday January 27th – What is the right supplement for me?
Hair loss supplements have become common place, however, with the many options available, many patients feel overwhelmed about where to start. During this webinar the panelists will look into the role hair loss supplements play in a treatment plan and review different supplement options.
Wednesday February 3rd – Common Questions about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy has become one of the most popular treatments for female hair loss, and clinical studies have proven how effective it can be. However, as there is no standard protocol, which means how it is performed can vary greatly from one practice to another. During this webinar we answer some of the common questions that we receive around Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
Wednesday February 10th – Minoxidil - What is it and how it is used as a treatment for female hair loss?
Minoxidil is the only topical FDA approved treatment for hair loss, however, how it has been used in the treatment of female hair loss has changed over time. While many patients have tried a minoxidil product in the past, like Rogain®, the products that contain minoxidil have changed overtime and for the better. During this webinar we will look at how minoxidil as a treatment for female hair loss has changed over time and how we recommend using it today.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Hair Rejuvenation New Year’s Resolutions For 2021
Happy New Year’s and on to 2021! With the challenges that were presented to us this past year, I think we all get a pass for not keeping our 2020 New Year’s resolutions. While the difficulties of this pandemic are not over, as the calendar flips to 2021, it does so with a great sense of hope for all of us. With that, we wanted to offer everyone, regardless of where you are on your hair rejuvenation journey, a New Year’s resolution for the health of your hair.
Get on a hair loss supplement.
If we learned anything in 2020 about hair loss, it is how much stress and external factors affect our hair. Due to the increased stress of 2020, not only did we see an increase in complaints in excessive shedding from our patients, but there was significant news coverage related to this topic as this was seen everywhere. A good hair loss supplement routine not only makes your hair healthier but can help minimize the impact when these stressful events occur.
If your last appointment with us was prior to this pandemic, schedule a follow up.
The pandemic has now been going on for over 10 months. It is recommended that you be seen every 6 to 12 months, just like going to the dentist. As we have seen, a lot can change during that time and it is so important to follow up so that we can track your progress and make sure that no adjustments are needed to your treatment plan. While we have significant safety protocols in place for the safety of our staff and patients, we know not everyone is comfortable coming in for an appointment right now. In that case, we really recommend a video appointment so that we can at least check in and see how things are going.
If your treatment was interrupted or you stopped treatment, get back on that treatment plan.
As our lives were interrupted and put-on pause for various reasons during the pandemic, many patients had their treatment interrupted or stopped following their treatment plan. It is important to remember that it is never to late to restart your treatments. Whether you are overdue for an Optimal Platelet Concentration Therapy Booster or stopped using your laser cap, now is the time to get back on track. If you have had any changes in your medical history (i.e., new medications) certainly let us know so that we can make sure that the treatment plan is still appropriate for you.
If you are currently following your treatment plan, keep at it!
If you started a treatment this past year or have been treating your hair loss for a while, keep at it! I am sure there have been some ups and downs, but you are doing all the right things, and being consistent with your treatments will give you the best chance for a successful outcome. I know we all want immediate results, but it can sometimes take up to 12 months to see results so do not get discouraged and do not stop your treatments.
If you have never been seen by a hair loss specialist, schedule a consultation.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to be seen by a hair loss specialist as soon as you notice signs of hair loss. The most common forms of hair loss are progressive, which means that without proper treatment the hair loss will continue. It is important to remember that this does not mean you will go bald like men do, as women lose their hair differently than men. It just means that the hair loss will get worse without treatment. Female hair loss is quite complex with a variety of causes and it really takes a specialist to be able to diagnose the cause and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Wherever you are on your hair rejuvenation journey, just know that the team at Medi Tresse is here to support you and help you keep your hair health New Year’s resolution. Do not hesitate to reach out to our offices and have a safe and healthy 2021.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Medi Tresse Hair Care Products
When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, there are certainly many options available, and many will even make claims of regrowing hair. The truth is that shampoo and conditioners will not regrow hair as the ingredients are not on the scalp long enough to be absorbed, but good quality shampoo and conditioners combined with proper leave in products can really repair damaged hair and provide really healthy hair and scalp. With that, we are excited to announce the arrival of our Medi Tresse Hair Care line, which consists of two sets of shampoo and conditioners, a leave in conditioner, and a hydrating serum that are all paraben free and safe for color and chemically treated hair.
Revive Shampoo and Conditioner
This stimulating, aromatic cleansing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner, includes Peppermint and Lavender Oils that revitalize both hair and scalp, while creating a calming, spa-like experience. The rich lather of the shampoo removes excess oils and product build-up and strengthens hair while improving body and shine. Vital vitamins and botanical extracts in the conditioner protect sensitive skin and scalp, while proteins strengthen the hair shaft. The shampoo and conditioner are safe for colored, straightened, and chemically treated hair.
The Revive Shampoo and Conditioner are great for all patients, except those with fine hair or who feel some shampoo or conditioners weigh their hair down too much. For those patients we would recommend the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
A rich shampoo that infuses weightless volume while delicately freeing hair and scalp of surface impurities. ProVitamin B5 strengthens the hair while adding shine and thickness. Combined with a volumizing conditioner, infused with Keratin, that leaves hair nourished while maximizing volume and body. Safe for colored and chemically treated hair.
The Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are great for patients with fine hair or those looking for more volume.
Keratin Deep Conditioner
We recommend using a deep conditioner once a week and this Keratin-infused deep conditioning treatment, super-charged with proteins and extracts, restores moisture, strengthens, reduces breakage and stops frizz. Great for all hair types. Safe for colored, straightened & chemically-treated hair.
Many of the things we do to style our hair can dry out and damage the outer cuticle of the hair so it is so important to add moisture back into the hair. This hydrating serum enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil, is fast-absorbing, deep-penetrating and produces a luxurious shine and silky smooth texture with enduring results. Safe for colored, straightened & chemically-treated hair.
Reach out to our offices to learn more about the Medi Tresse Hair Care line.
Posted by your Medi Tresse Team
Hair Loss in the News - Ricki Lake and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Share Their Story
When we opened Medi Tresse almost five years ago, our goal was not just to offer great treatments to women experiencing hair loss, more than that, we wanted to help bring the conversation about female hair loss out in the open. Because our society has not been willing to have this conversation out in the open, many women experiencing hair loss never seek treatment, which causes them to feel like they have to suffer in silence and feel helpless about their situation. As a woman who has experienced hair loss, I know how deeply emotional the experience can be. While we still have a ways to go with getting our society to truly have the discussion, recent stories from Ricki Lake and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley give me hope that we are moving in the right direction. For those that have not seen their stories, I would describe both of them as heartbreaking and courageous. As different as their stories are, they both struggled in silence before gathering the courage to speak openly about their hair loss journey. I am in awe of their courage.
I have placed their Instagram post's in full below, because each of their stories is so personal and I think it is important to hear them in their own words.
However, before getting to their posts, I just want to leave you with one big take away. It is 2020 and celebrities and public officials that are experiencing hair loss are still feeling that they need to suffer in silence. You can see how hard it was for Lake and Congresswoman Pressley to share their stories. I hope their stories can help show you that while hair loss is very emotional, you are NOT alone. If you are experiencing hair loss, schedule an appointment with a female hair loss specialist that can diagnose the cause of your hair loss and help guide you through your treatment options, while providing you with the emotional support you need. There is no need to suffer in silence anymore.
Ricki Lake's Post
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Liberated and Free, Me. First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret. Deep breath Ricki…. Here goes….. I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life. It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth. I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in. Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same. (Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless. 🙁 In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether DWTS or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair. I got used to wearing extensions, really just over the last decade. All different kinds, tried them all, the ones that are glued on, the tape-ins, the clip ins, and then into a total hair system that I hated, and finally to a unique solution that really did work pretty well for me for the last 4 or 5 years. I tried wigs on a few occasions but never could get used to them. It all felt fake and I was super self-conscious and uncomfortable. I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening. To read more: please go to my Facebook page. ❤️
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley's Post
Posted by Mary Wendel, MD
Can Melatonin Help with Hair Loss?
When people think of melatonin, they often think of it as a sleep aid, but some studies have shown that it could potentially be beneficial for the treatment of hair loss. So what is melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body and regulates the sleep cycle. Melatonin levels typically increase at night, which is why some patients that suffer from insomnia take melatonin orally to help elevate their levels and hopefully sleep better. However, some studies have shown that when used topically, melatonin can actually help treat hair loss.
In 2012, an article in the International Journal of Trichology reviewed 5 clinical studies on the use of topical melatonin for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern hair loss, on both men and women. The studies were quite favorable as they showed a decrease in the severity of hair loss, especially with women, an increase in density, and an increase in negative hair-pull tests (a test used to determine active shedding). It is important to note that patients in these studies showed good tolerability of the treatment with minimal side effects. [i] It is believed that using melatonin topically works in the treatment of hair loss, because it is a powerful anti-oxidant and hair appears to be impacted by oxidative stress, specifically premature loss. Cells within the skin and the hair follicles also have melatonin receptors, which leads us to believe that melatonin plays a role in the hair life cycle.
Even with the positive studies, topical melatonin has not caught on in the US as a treatment for hair loss. Minoxidil has become the sole recommendation for most providers, as it is the only FDA approved topical treatment for hair loss. However, minoxidil can be quite irritating for some patients. At Medi Tresse we have been reviewing topical melatonin products currently on the market to see if there are any that meet our strict evidence based requirements so that we can find an option for patients that found minoxidil irritating or may be looking for a more natural option than minoxidil. We will certainly keep you updated, but we are excited at the prospect of being able to offer another great treatment option to our patients.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
[i] Fischer, Tobias W et al. “Topical melatonin for treatment of androgenetic alopecia.” International journal of trichology vol. 4,4 (2012): 236-45. doi:10.4103/0974-7753.111199
The Keto Diet and Your Hair
One of the most popular diets in recent years is the ketogenic diet, or keto diet for short. The keto diet is a low carbohydrate and high fat diet where the typical macro breakdown is 70% fats, 5% carbohydrates, and 25% protein. The basis of the keto diet is that you are forcing your body to enter a state called ketosis, where the body burns stored fats instead of glucose for energy. Now the keto diet is actually not new and has been around for almost 100 years, in fact it is used to treat drug resistant epilepsy. As a weight loss diet, there is some debate about how healthy the keto diet is long term, but the purpose of this blog is not to be pro or against the keto diet. Rather, as many people have found success with the keto diet, we wanted to see if the keto diet could have any effect on your hair. As it turns out, many people on the keto diet have found hair loss to be a common side effect after a few months, so why is that?
If you are experiencing hair loss that coincides with the keto diet, it is most likely telogen effluvium, a common form of hair loss that is caused by a stressor on the body. This can be caused by pregnancy, rapid weight loss, protein deficiency, emotional stress, physical illness, surgery, trauma, and some medications. Typically, the hair loss starts 3 to 6 months after the stressor occurs, and the hair loss almost always resolves, and regrowth occurs, once the stressor and hair loss are both treated. So why do some people experience telogen effluvium with the keto diet?
One of the big reasons that the keto diet has gained popularity is that many people have found success losing weight quickly, as can often happen with low carb diets. It is important to remember that any big dietary change or crash diet can cause shedding to occur. Dietary changes and excessive weight loss can cause stress on the body and excessive stress, both physical and emotional, can cause hair loss. Our diet also plays a key role in the health of our hair and when diets are restrictive there is the potential that your hair is not receiving the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed to growth healthy hair. While keto diets typically consist of 25% protein, it is possible that many people on the keto diet are so focused on getting to ketosis, that they focus more on fats and are not getting enough protein. Protein is a key building block for hair, so if your diet is protein deficient it will negatively affect your hair. Lastly, some studies have shown that ketogenesis may increase the consumption of biotin, resulting in increased biotin deficiency. Biotin is a B-vitamin that is important for the health of your hair.
If you are on the keto diet, it is important to make sure that you are supplementing your diet with key vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that are important for hair health. We recommend Nutrafol® or Viviscal™ for patients looking for an all-encompassing supplement. If you think you are experiencing hair loss from your diet, or any other reason, it is important to see a hair loss specialist that can diagnose the cause and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Introducing Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™
At Medi Tresse we are excited to introduce, Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™, which I believe is the strongest treatment protocol available for female hair loss. Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™ combines the power of Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy, hair regrowth supplements, and FDA approved topicals. This unique treatment offering rejuvenates the hair follicles in four distinct ways, which all work together to stop your hair loss, thicken your existing hairs, and activate dormant follicles to regrow.
Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™ is more than just a treatment. It is a protocol that when followed, gives you the best chance to rejuvenate your hair and prevent further loss. Since opening in 2015, we have met with over 1800 women experiencing all types of hair loss. Based on the results we have seen from various treatment plans, our expert staff developed this innovative treatment protocol. We strongly believe in utilizing a multifaceted approach to treating female hair loss, and Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™ incorporates four clinically proven treatments that work together to rejuvenate your hair.
The foundation of Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™ is Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy, the most advanced treatment available for female hair loss. Over the past 12 months, the staff at Medi Tresse vigorously tested many of the top PRP systems to determine platelet counts in the PRP solutions. With Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy, we are not only using the top system for platelet cell recovery, but we are testing the patient’s platelet count on the day of treatment, which allows us to customize the final PRP concentration for optimal levels for hair restoration.
We believe our new protocol, Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™, offers our patients the best treatment for most types of hair loss. The first step in treatment is always having a complimentary consultation with our expert staff to determine if Tresse Rejuvenation Therapy™ with Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy is right for you.
Posted by Dr. Wendel