Argan Oil for Hair Health

Unfortunately, many of the popular hair styling techniques are actually detrimental to our hair.  The problem is that many people want something they don’t have and utilize styling techniques that damage the hair.  Over styling, and especially techniques that use excessive heat, can actually dry out and damage the outer hair cuticle, so it is important to add that moisture back.  Leave in conditioners, masks, and oils can help to condition and moisturize the hair strand.  We especially recommend those products with oils like argan, avocado, coconut, which help offset the dryness and help keep hair shiny.

Today we are going to look further into argan oil, which has become an increasingly popular product for hair health.  Argan oil is made from the fruit of the argan tree in Morocco. Argan oil has been found to be beneficial for both the hair and the scalp.  Rich in fatty acids, argan oil is also known to lubricate and add moisture back into the hair.  Argan oil is also rich in Vitamin E, which has been known to help prevent dryness in both the scalp and hair.

At Medi Tresse, we recently started offering a Hydrating Serum that is enriched with Moroccan argan oil.  This fast-absorbing, deep-penetrating serum helps to moisturize the hair and scalp, while also providing luxurious shine and silky-smooth texture.  Used daily, this hydrating serum is safe for colored, straightened, and chemically treated hair.

Whether you add our Hydrating Serum or another argan oil product, we would strongly recommend argan oil for any hair care regiment to help provide healthier more rejuvenated hair.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

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 20thTresse 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 27thWhat 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 3rdCommon 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 10thMinoxidil - 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

How Tresse Rx Differs From Nutrafol and Viviscal

With the addition of our Tresse Rx supplement and vitamins, we have received a number of questions from patients regarding how these differ from Nutrafol or Viviscal.  First off, it is important to remember that the Tresse Rx healthy inside plan, is a comprehensive plan that consists of not just the Tresse Revitalizer and Tresse Fortifier supplements, but also the Tresse Prebiotic gut health powder.  When comparing to the Nutrafol or Viviscal, you really cannot include the Tresse Prebiotic gut health powder in the comparison, because that part of the plan is so different from what you get with Nutrafol or Viviscal, which is one of the reasons we love the Tresse Prebiotic.  Gut health plays such an important role in all aspects of our health, including our hair, the ingredients in the Tresse Prebiotic have been found to boost our immune system, soothe inflammation, and increase overall gut health.

What is great about the Tresse Revitalizer and Tresse Fortifier supplements is that they not only have many of the key ingredients found in Nutrafol and Viviscal, but they actually have even more ingredients that have been known to address the many causes of hair loss.

Ingredients Similar to Nutrafol
  • Ashwagandha Root Extract
  • Biotin
  • Marine Collagen
  • Resveratrol - Japanese Knotweed Root
  • Saw Palmetto
Ingredients Similar to Viviscal
  • Vitamin C
  • Biotin
  • Calcium
  • Marine Collagen
  • L-Cystine
  • L-Methionine

While Nutrafol and Viviscal are great supplements for hair health, there are still many important vitamins and nutrients that they do not have which have been incorporated into the Tresse Rx supplements. Below are some of the highlights:

Folic Acid

Folic acid can be found in the Tresse Revitalizer supplement. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is a type of B Vitamin. As folic acid is mainly responsible for healthy cell growth and can be found in your scalp tissue and hair, it is widely believed that folic acid is important for the generation of new healthy hairs.

Magnesium

Magnesium can be found in the Tresse Fortifier supplement. Magnesium plays a key role in protein synthesis in our bodies. As roughly 80% of our hair is made up of protein, magnesium plays an important role in the development of key cells for the hair. Therefore, magnesium deficiency can have a direct effect on our hair. Lastly, Magnesium is known to help reduce stress and anxiety, which we know can negatively impact our hair.

Niacin

Niacin can be found in the Tresse Revitalizer supplement.  Niacin is a B vitamin that is known to improve blood circulation, which is so important to hair health.  Increased blood circulation in the scalp allows for increased oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle, which can extend the growth phase of the hair.

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, can be found in the Tresse Revitalizer supplement.  Riboflavin plays an important role in hair growth by activating Vitamin B6 and niacin, which are two important vitamins for healthy hair development. The body stores only small amounts of riboflavin and riboflavin deficiency is known to cause hair loss.

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 can be found in the Tresse Revitalizer supplement.  Vitamin B6 helps our hair in two ways.  First, Vitamin B6 plays a key role in protein synthesis, which is important for hair as protein makes up roughly 80% of our hair.  Secondly, Vitamin B6 plays an important role in the creation of neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, and it is widely believed that Vitamin B6 can help us manage stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact the health of your hair.
Vitamin E
Vitamin E can be found in the Tresse Fortifier supplement. Vitamin E is a well-known antioxidant, which protect cells from the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is known to play a role in premature hair loss. One study on the use of Vitamin E as a supplement for hair loss found that people with hair loss experienced a 34.5% increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months, while the placebo group had only a 0.1% increase.
To learn more about the Tresse Rx Healthy Inside plan schedule a consultation or contact our offices today.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

Medi Tresse Is Now Offering Nutrafol®

We are excited to now offer our patients Nutrafol®, one the top dietary supplements available for hair loss.  At Medi Tresse we have a very high standard for the treatments that we offer our patients, and all our treatments must have clinical studies that prove their benefit before we will give it our stamp of approval.  After careful review by our medical team it was determined that Nutrafol® is a great option for women experiencing all types of hair loss.

Nutrafol® is made with all-natural ingredients and is free of gluten, wheat, and shellfish, and binders.  Nutrafol® includes the following key ingredients for the treatment of hair loss:

Evnolmax®

Sensoril® Ashwagandha

BCM-95® Biocurcumin

Saw Palmetto

Cynatine® HNS

Biotin

It takes at least three to six months before you will start to see the benefit of Nutrafol®, but for many patients it can take up to year.  While some patients experiencing short term hair loss like telogen effluvium, may only take Nutrafol® for a year, we would recommend taking it as long as you want to help maintain healthy hair.  For patients not currently on a vitamin or supplement we would recommend starting on a daily regimen of Nutrafol®.  However, if you are currently using another supplement, such as Viviscal®, and having success with it, we would recommend sticking with that as you do not want to rock the boat.  As Nutrafol® does contain Saw Palmetto we would not recommend to patients that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are interested in learning more about Nutrafol® and how it can help you reach out to our offices today.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

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.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

Medi Tresse Boston Now Offers Alphaeon Beauty Eyelash Serum

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Introducing a new way to grow better lashes and brows!

When we think about hair health and hair loss, we typically focus on the hair on top of our heads. We are always looking into ways to improve it or grow more of it. While the quality of hair on our heads has a lot to do with the way we feel and express ourselves, we can’t forget about our little facial friends; our eyelashes and eyebrows!

Just like the hair on the top of our heads, the follicles producing eyelashes and eyebrows can also become weak and begin to thin out and cease to grow. Whether it’s due to over-plucking brows or simply becoming weak over the course of time when cells tend to become less hearty, many women begin to notice eyebrows as well as eyelashes starting to become less lush.

While Rogaine, laser, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy might not be the most appropriate treatments to address the delicate and small areas on our face, we have come across another option that has proved to be quite effective...and no it is not Latisse!

This new product that we are proud to be able to offer our patients is a serum created by Alphaeon. The practitioners at Medi Tresse chose this product very carefully in order to provide not only the most effective option, but one that leads to the most favorable results. Unlike Latisse, which can eventually cause lashes to grow in irregular and crooked directions, the Alphaeon serum promotes growth of thicker, darker, longer lashes that maintain their shape and aesthetic appeal. Results are typically noticed in as little as 8 weeks of daily application and can be used on both eyelashes and eyebrows!

If you’re interested in learning more about this product, get in touch with us or come by our office for an evaluation and learn how the Alphaeon serum can work for you!

Posted by Lacey Sellati, RN, PA-C

LaserCap® Company Receives FDA Clearance for LCPRO™ as a Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Device

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At Medi Tresse, we take a lot of pride in being able to offer different types of female hair loss treatments to women throughout Boston and Wellesley. That's why we strive to give our patients as many options as possible. One of the best hair loss treatments available, and one we highly recommend, is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). LLLT is an extremely effective non-surgical hair regrowth treatment for women’s hair loss. LLLT not only thickens existing hairs, but also increases the number of hairs in the growth phase.  LLLT stimulates the hair follicle cells to grow in the scalp and increases cellular activity around the follicle. This also decreases inflammation so existing hairs can grow thicker and stronger. A 2014 randomized, double-blind (the gold standard of studies!) multicenter study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology found that there was statistically significant improvement in hair density in the treatment group, and hair shafts were both more numerous as well as thicker in about 95% of the treatment group.  LLLT is beneficial in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Traction Alopecia, and Telogen Effluvium.

While there are a number of LLLT products available on the market today, we wanted to share some news about the LCPRO™ by the LaserCap® Campany. The LaserCap® Company recently announced that they received FDA 510(k) clearance for their LCPRO laser cap as an effective women’s hair loss treatment. The LCPRO is a great option for patients that are interested in utilizing the effects of LLLT.  The LCRPO is extremely easy to use, and it covers the entire scalp with even light distribution with 224 diodes. The recommended usage time of the LCPRO is between 10 to 30 minutes three times a week, however, since the device is hands free, it allows you to multi-task in the comfort of your own home while you are treating your hair.

If you are interested in finding out if the LCPRO™ would be an effective hair loss treatment for you set up a free consultation with our medical staff today.

Posted By The Medi Tresse Team

Recent News Stories About Hair Care Products Causing Hair Loss

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You may have heard one of the many stories in the news recently about claims being made that certain hair care products are causing hair loss. Many of these products are sold to consumers with the promise to achieve thicker, stronger and more beautiful hair. From these news stories it can be very difficult to know for sure if these products are actually the source of the hair loss. It is always possible that these products had some form of irritant in them that could cause hair loss. There is also the possibility that a number of consumers who purchased these products were already suffering from hair loss, and purchased them hoping to stop their loss, but over time their loss has just continued. Regardless of the cause of the hair loss, these types of news stories highlight some important questions that we should be asking ourselves, what is in our hair care products, and could our hair care products cause hair loss?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes it is possible that your hair care product could be a cause of hair loss. So how can you avoid this, and what do you do if this happens to you? The answer is to be savvy about hair care. If you start using something that creates a change in the way your scalp feels for the worse; such as tingling, burning, itching, redness, or general irritation STOP USING IT! Your body (or more specifically, your follicles!) are telling you that this is not the good kind of stimulation, and that it may even be harmful. Do not ignore these signs thinking things like “pain is beauty” or “if it tingles that means it’s working”. Although there is a lot of research out there supporting the use of products free of harsh sulfates and parabens, we also need to be more in tune with our bodies as well. Certainly shampoos and hair products that are lacking in these proven harmful ingredients will more than likely be better for your follicles, it doesn’t mean you need to drop your Pantene and switch to Castor Oil and Avocados. I personally love more natural products that are free of chemicals, harsh sulfates, and parabens, but I also promote products that are aimed to treat hair loss, that are scientifically proven by good ol’ fashion clinical research, such as our Tricomin Products for female hair loss treatment. These products are specifically designed to treat the follicle and encourage hair regrowth.

Overall, if you think you may be experiencing hair thinning or loss, whether due to a new hair product, treatment, or styling technique, it is important to do a little investigating to see if you can find a direct correlation or cause. When in doubt, it is always recommended to seek an expert’s opinion to help identify any potential causes for what’s going on with your hair.

If you are curious to find out ways to prevent and or treat hair thinning or hair loss, get in touch with us, or come see our female hair loss treatment specialists here at Medi Tresse. We are dedicated to helping you preserve and promote growth of strong, healthy hair!

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

Q&A with the Director of Clinical Services - Lacey Sellati, RN, PA-C

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Of course! So I am a Registered Nurse and a board-certified Physician Assistant. I graduated from Simmons School of Nursing and obtained my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to joining Medi Tresse, I was the former owner of Eden Spa, a beauty and wellness spa in Brookline, Massachusetts. Early on in my PA career I developed a passion for treating patients that were struggling with hair loss. During my training I held a clerkship with Brigham and Women’s Dermatology Alopecia Clinic, as well as received hair loss-specific medical training with one of the leading hair regrowth and restoration clinics in New England. Through those experiences I established a specific interest in treating women who were experiencing hair thinning and loss so it was only natural for me to become a member of the Medi Tresse team.

What is a PA and what do they do?
Actually, a lot of patient’s are not very familiar with the role of the Physician Assistant (PA)! PAs are similar to Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in that we are considered mid-level practitioners. Like an NP, a PA is a nationally board certified and state-licensed medical professional.

PAs practice medicine as a part of a healthcare team that includes physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. Most PA training programs are approximately 3 years, have the same prerequisite courses as medical schools, and require students to have healthcare training and experience prior to attending.

In Massachusetts, a PA is able to be the primary care provider for patients and may be the sole practitioner a patient sees during their entire healthcare experience.

PAs meet with patients, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat medical conditions, order and interpret labs or tests, develop treatment plans, counsel patients, perform minor surgical procedures, write prescriptions, and follow a patient throughout the entirety of their care.

A PA will collaborate with their supervising physician regularly in order to provide the best treatment regimen for patients.

What led you towards being a PA that treats women’s hair loss?
Well, over the course of my training to become a PA I have developed a passion for hair loss, specifically in women. On multiple occasions I had the pleasure of witnessing the incredible potential of today’s medical technology to restore a women’s confidence through hair restoration and regrowth. Early in my clinical year, I sought out opportunities to work with hair loss patients. From the initial patient consultation, I had an immediate affinity for this area of medicine. It was fascinating and inspiring to take part in such innovative practices involving treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Also, I truly believe that medicine is about caring for people holistically. Creating a positive shift in a woman’s self perception by helping her feel more confident about her hair is a professional goal of mine.

What are your expectations for the future treatments for hair regrowth?
My hope is that there will be continued research towards finding new effective treatments to treat hair loss, in both men and women. Because there are often other reasons for which a women will experience hair loss that a man would not necessarily experience, I would hope there would be clinical advancements made towards studying women’s hair loss specifically.

Learning new hair loss treatments to stay on the cutting edge of surgical and non-surgical approaches is something that I am both excited by and dedicated to. Being a part of a leading hair loss practice puts me in a place where I will be able to apply new treatments if and when they become available. As with anything in medicine though, research takes time. However, there are new studies on the horizon; whether they involve a new medicine or a new procedure, so that is very encouraging!

Posted by your Medi Tresse Team

Is Styling Your Hair Causing Hair Loss?

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From washing to blow-drying to coloring, we devote a lot of our waking hours towards primping and preening our hair. Ever wonder how much time you spend styling your hair throughout the course of a year? According to a survey by beauty product retailer Fabriah.com, a woman spends an average of 10 days per year styling her hair! With all the styling we do to our hair, it is important to ask the question “How does styling affect the health of my hair?” Although coloring and other styling techniques seem to improve the aesthetic appeal of our hair, unfortunately over-styling can actually damage your hair and potentially lead to hair loss.

Many of the products we put in our hair for coloring or bleaching can dry out the hair or irritate the scalp. Excessive use of these products can be so irritating to the follicle and scalp that it can actually lead to hair loss! Using chemicals to straighten or curl can also be very damaging, as it dries out the hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. There have also been reports of scalp burns from the chemicals in perms and processing, which can lead to dramatic and sudden hair loss. Although this is often the result of improper color application or overly aggressive processing, it is important to have your hair done by a trained professional in order to minimize the risk of damaging your hair. Also, ask your stylist about the different product options they offer, and which options are most follicle friendly (we recommend always using ammonia-free or low-ammonia hair dyes and never bleach your hair!).

Unfortunately, it is not just the products we use that can cause damage to our hair. Many of the techniques we use to style our hair can also cause damage and hair loss. Extreme heat from the constant use of a flat iron or blow dryer can dry out the hair and lead to breakage. Ponytails, braids, extensions, and weaves put a lot of stress on the roots of the follicle and over time can lead to traction alopecia, a form of hair loss that is often times permanent.

This does not mean we should immediately stop styling our hair! The key is to use the right products, a professional stylist, and practice moderation with your styling techniques. Make sure you work with your stylist to select the most follicle friendly hair dyes. Ask them about the risks associated with using any product or styling technique. Lastly, if you are ever concerned about a product or hair styling technique causing hair loss, speak with a hair loss specialist that can guide you through best practices for styling your hair. Medi Tresse embodies your local Boston area hair loss specialist team.

Posted by Lacey Sellati, RN, PA-C