Our Diets and Our Hair

If you attended our webinar last week, “How Our Nutrition Impacts Our Hair”, you know how strongly I believe that a healthy diet can play an important role in the health of our hair.  In this blog, I want to look at not just the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair, but the overall types of diets.

The hair follicle is an extremely complex structure and made up of some of the most metabolically active cells in the body.  Due to the complexity of the follicle and the fact it is made up of metabolically active cells, the hair follicle requires proper nutrition to function properly and grow healthy hair.  The problem is that many of the nutrients that the hair follicle needs to be healthiest, vital organs of our body also need, so when we are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients, the body diverts them to places it feels are more important for survival, and our hair suffers.

One of the biggest issues with the diets that most Americans consume, not only are they deficient in key vitamins and nutrients needed for hair health, the foods are also highly processed, high in sugar, and high in fat.  While we know that these foods are not healthy, these foods are now known to be pro-inflammatory, which means they are activating our immune system to respond.  Normally our immune system gets activated when it recognizes foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, chemicals, plant pollen, and then acts to neutralize them and protects us from harm.  This is a good thing.  However, if inflammation is chronic, it can lead to or aggravate disease.  Alopecia Areata and Scarring Alopecia are two types of hair loss that are caused by immune disorders.  Inflammation has also been noted on biopsy in the early stages of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss).

This does not mean that eating junk food will automatically cause hair loss, but it is important to understand that unhealthy diets can impact our bodies in ways we may not realize.  Research has repeatedly shown the negative impacts of a pro-inflammation diet and the positive impacts of anti-inflammatory diet.  What is great about anti-inflammatory diets, is that when followed these diets also include many of the vitamins and nutrients that are important for hair health.  Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods are:

The anti-inflammatory diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, which is consistently found to be the healthiest diet recommended by physicians.  The focus is on limiting processed foods and red meats and making fruits and vegetables the foundation of your diet.

Lastly, it is important to remember, when it comes to hair health, it is important to be on a hair health supplement.  The truth is that even when following a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, most people do not get enough of each of the necessary vitamins and nutrients needed that are key for the health of our hair.  I strongly recommend that all of my patients get utilize a good hair loss supplement, like our Tresse Rx line.

Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel

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

What Is The Best Treatment Option For Me To Try First?

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At Medi Tresse we offer a number of treatment options for hair loss, so our patients often ask which treatment they should try first.  This can be a difficult question for the medical staff to answer for the patient.  Because all of our treatment options have been clinically proven to show a benefit in the treatment of hair loss, they are all valid options to try. Each treatment is different, targeting hair loss from different angles, and it really depends on what the patient’s treatment goals are.  Let’s take a look a look at some of our treatment options to look at these differences.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be effective in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Alopecia Areata, and Traction Alopecia. PRP has been found to improve hair health, thicken hair, and can regrow hair by activating dormant follicles in the scalp.  What patient’s love about PRP is that they only need to come in three times for treatment over the course of three months for the initial treatment.  Typically, best results are seen in 6 to 12 months, but many patients see initial benefit in just 2 to 3 months.  PRP also tends to provide the most dramatic results for patients.  So for patients looking for a treatment that they do not need to use daily or weekly and will get the most dramatic results in around 6 months, PRP is a great option.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is beneficial in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Traction Alopecia, and Telogen Effluvium.  LLLT not only thickens existing hairs, but also increases the number of hairs in the growth phase.  The LLLT device (laser cap or LaserBand) will need to be used three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes.  Patient’s really need to commit to using the LLLT device for 6 to 12 months before they see a benefit.  It typically takes a little longer than PRP, but patients can see really great results from LLLT.  Therefore, for patients that are able to commit to the regimen of 3 times a week, and looking for an at home treatment, LLLT is a great option.

82M is a specially compounded minoxidil solution uniquely designed to stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss.  Patients must commit to using 82M daily and it typically takes 3 to 6 months to see results, although many patients will see a decrease in shedding in 6 to 8 weeks.  The results with 82M are not as dramatic as they can be with PRP or LLLT.  However, 82M is a good option for patients that can commit to using it daily and are OK with starting with a treatment that will not provide results that are as strong as PRP or LLLT.

In short, it really depends on what the individual patient’s goals are with treatment.  However, the best results we have seen typically come from patients that use a combination of treatments, as they treat the follicles in different ways.  If you have any questions about these treatments do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Posted By Your Medi Tresse Team

Is All PRP Therapy The Same?

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is by far the most exciting advancement in the treatment of female hair loss in the last five years.  The studies have proved how effective it can be, and the results truly speak for themselves.  As one of the first medical practices to offer this treatment for hair loss in New England, we have started to see more practices offer PRP Therapy leading to this common question from patients, how is the PRP Therapy at Medi Tresse different from the PRP Therapy at other practices?

The truth is, because we do not know how these practices are performing the PRP Therapy, we are unable to directly compare our treatments to theirs. However, there are a couple important points to consider when comparing PRP Therapy at different practices.

First, the main process of PRP Therapy is separating the platelet rich plasma portion of the blood from the other parts of the blood.  Not only do we want to isolate the platelet rich plasma, but we want the concentration of platelets to be significantly increased as compared to your normal blood.  In order to do this, we use a special PRP kit that assists in the process, and these kits vary by practice. We truly believe that our PRP kits are the best in the industry and provide us with the highest possible concentration and highest quality preparation of the PRP.

Secondly, it is important to consider the practice’s knowledge of female hair loss.  PRP Therapy should only be given to those patients that are the best candidates for success, as it is not the best treatment option for all types of hair loss.  At Medi Tresse we are the female hair loss experts, and this knowledge and experience cannot be duplicated.  We only recommend PRP Therapy to patients that we believe will see results. We feel this is important so that our patients can trust our recommendations while we still keep their goals in mind.

Posted By Your Medi Tresse Team

Tresse 272: A New Laser Cap By Medi Tresse

Medi Tresse laser cap for female hair loss.At Medi Tresse we strive to offer our patients the most innovative treatment options that are not only effective, but affordable as well.  One of the best treatment options for patients experiencing hair loss is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). This therapy utilizes energy from cool beam lasers to stimulate cellular activity around the hair follicle cells and encourage growth.  LLLT also helps to decrease inflammation and increase circulation so that existing hairs can grow thicker and stronger.  Studies have shown that up to 95% of patients using LLLT had hair shafts that were both more numerous and thicker.  However, many LLLT devices can be very costly, with price tags upwards of $3,000.  Cheaper devices often do not provide complete scalp coverage, which can make consistent treatment difficult.

We are excited to announce the arrival of a new laser cap option for our patients, which not only offers the most laser diodes available in a laser cap, but at a much more affordable price.  The Tresse 272 is a specially designed laser cap for Medi Tresse.  This laser cap has 272 laser diodes, which ensures complete scalp coverage and consistent treatment to your follicles.  The Tresse 272 is a device you can use at home, is hands-free, and easily fits under a hat, making it discreet and convenient to use.  The Tresse 272 is a great option for patients with Female Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopecia, or Telegen Effluvium.

If you think the Tresse 272 may be right for you contact our office to speak to one of our hair loss specialists.     

Finding The Right Hair Supplement

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Like other parts of our bodies, hair needs nutrients and vitamins to survive and flourish.  An important part of any hair loss treatment plan, or hair loss prevention plan, should include a supplement for your hair.  However, finding a good supplement or vitamin that supports hair health can very difficult.  It seems like every day there is a new report out there about a new supplement that helps with hair loss.  Most of these reports include a study that supposedly supports the benefit of their supplement.  In general, when looking for hair regrowth supplements and vitamins you should be focusing on ones that contain Biotin, Copper, Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin A, C, and E.

One of the issues with many hair regrowth supplements is that while they include some of the nutrients and vitamins that we want, they also include a laundry list of things we do not really need for hair health.  At Medi Tresse we have reviewed a number of supplements and have found two that we really like and recommend, NatureMade® Hair, Skin, & Nails and Viviscal® Professional.  Both of these supplements contain the key nutrients and vitamins needed to support healthy hair, without all of the other additives. If you need further advise surrounding our hair regrowth supplements, feel free to get in touch with the Medi Tresse Team!

Posted By The Medi Tresse Team

Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Right For Me?

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One question we often get from our patients is whether or not Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy would be the right treatment for them. Although the majority of our patients are good candidates for PRP, some patients may not be familiar with the therapy. By providing patients with more information about the therapy it helps them understand how they may benefit from the treatments.

Although PRP Therapy is a relatively new treatment for women's hair loss, it has shown to be very effective in treating hair loss in women, with up to 85% of patients seeing a benefit after a series of three treatments. PRP Therapy can improve hair health, thicken hair, and regrow hair. What makes PRP Therapy unique is that it utilizes the patient’s own growth factors to promote healing and rejuvenation of the scalp and follicle. PRP Therapy is non-surgical and each treatment takes less than 60 minutes to complete, making it a great treatment option for patients.

If you are wondering if PRP Therapy is right for you, it might be helpful to hear that one of the positives of PRP Therapy is that there are minimal side effects, and anybody could safely get the treatment. However, based on medical studies, while PRP Therapy is a great option for most patients, it is not right for everyone. At Medi Tresse it is our goal to provide a treatment plan that is right for you and we can determine if you are a good candidate at the time of your consultation. PRP Therapy has been proven to be effective for patients with Female Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata, and Traction Alopecia. In general, if you think you may be suffering from one of these types of female hair loss then PRP Therapy may be right for you!

Posted By The Medi Tresse Team

The Benefit of Treating Female Hair Loss in Multiple Ways

benifits2aAt Medi Tresse Boston we offer a wide array of treatments for hair loss that treat the follicle in different ways.  From Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to Formula 82M, each of these treatments offer different benefits to help stimulate hair health and even regrow hair.  What is great about all of these treatment options is that on their own they are great options for our patients.

However, with many patients we often recommend the use of more than one type of treatment as we feel they can get even better results by utilizing the combined effects of both treatments. The first question we often receive is, “If I only do one type of treatment does that mean I will not see improvement in my hair?”  The answer to this question is no, as all of the treatments that we offer are clinically proven to improve hair health and in some cases stimulate regrowth when used on their own.  We often liken this approach to the approach used in weight loss.  It is possible to lose weight through dieting and it is possible to lose weight through exercise, however, when you combine both diet and exercise your approach is more effective, and you often see results more quickly.  Treating hair loss is really no different.

One of our favorite combinations of hair loss treatments is PRP and LLLT.  Both PRP and LLLT are great treatment options on their own; but since they treat the follicle in different ways, when combined we can see really excellent results.  PRP is great, because hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from their blood supply, and that nutrition comes in the form of platelet activated growth factors. Platelets also tell the body to rejuvenate and repair. By delivering the platelets (via plasma) directly to the cells around the follicle, the growth factors become activated and essentially breathe new life into weak or dying follicles.  Alternatively, LLLT stimulates cellular metabolism at the molecular level of the hair follicle, thereby enhancing the quality of the hair produced from the hair follicle, and reversing miniaturization seen in female hair loss.  We feel that by combining PRP and LLLT, the patient is providing treatment to the follicle in multiple ways, which can make treatment even more effective.

If you're further curious about PRP hair loss therapy or LLLT hair loss treatments - as well as any of our treatment options - feel free to get in touch with our hair regrowth specialists. Medi Tresse is proud to provide hair regrowth options for women throughout Boston and Wellesley.

Posted by Rosie Scano, RN

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

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy A Treatment Option for Alopecia Areata

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Although Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) was originally studied with the intent to treat Androgenic Alopecia, or Female and Male Pattern Hair loss, the research just keeps getting better and better!  There have been several very exciting studies showing that PRP is also useful to treat other kinds of Alopecia conditions, one of which is Alopecia Areata.

Alopecia Areata is considered to be an autoimmune reaction in the body that results in patchy loss of hair, typically on the head. At any time in life, most commonly starting in adulthood, a person with Alopecia Areata may start to see small circular areas of hair loss emerge. There may only be one area or several, but typically the area starts small and can become quite large in diameter.  In most cases, this is temporary and hair will begin to regrow and fill in. Unfortunately, the event typically re-occurs, and the person experiences the loss all over again, often in different areas then before.  It is also possible that hair will never grow back.

Up until recently, this type of hair loss was treated solely with steroids – both through injections into the area of loss in addition to topical creams.  Unfortunately, this still is not a cure and strong steroids are needed to illicit a positive response. Using these steroids long-term is never a favorable choice. Long-term use of steroids in the scalp can lead to thinning and weakening of the skin, as well as rebound irritation or skin reactions. Furthermore, because of the nature of the condition, most patients have to return multiple times a year to get more treatments.

Fortunately, with new advances in research involving PRP, we can now confidently offer PRP as a treatment alternative to steroids for Alopecia Areata!

This is similar to how we use PRP to treat Female Pattern Hair loss; by encouraging healing of injured follicle cells, we also use it to facilitate repair of cells affected by Alopecia Areata.  We recommend a series of 3 PRP treatments, however, in as little as a single treatment we can already see hair regrowth over the area(s) of loss much quicker than we would if steroids were used, without the long-term negative side effects! It is also thought that because this is a healing procedure, that PRP treatments can aid in decreasing the chances or number of re-occurrences of Alopecia Areata. It’s a win-win!!

Please, feel free to get in touch with us today to learn more about PRP and Alopecia Areata, or to schedule an appointment!

Posted by Lacey Sellati, RN, PA-C