Latest Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Study Confirms Medi Tresse Protocols

If you have read our blogs before you have probably read one of our posts about how there is no standard protocol for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, which makes it difficult for patients as they determine the best treatment option for them.  Not only are there multiple Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) kits used, with varying amounts of blood drawn and number of spins, but the protocol that practices follow can differ.  For instance, our research has shown that it is best to start patients with a protocol of one treatment a month for three months.  We pride ourselves on making sure that our protocols are based on the best available research and this constant review led us to our exclusive Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy treatment that we started to offer this year.  While we are confident in our treatment plans, it is always great when we come across more research that confirms our protocols, which is why we were excited to see the results of a recent study released in the October 2019 edition of the journal of Dermatologic Surgery titled Platelet-Rich Plasma as a Treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia.

While this study in the journal of Dermatologic Surgery was not a new study on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, instead it was a review of 10 of the more substantive studies on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to evaluate the effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.  Based on the review of previous studies it found a few essential factors that the authors believe are important for successful treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy:

 

Initial Treatment It is recommended that patients start with one treatment a month for three months for a total of three treatments followed by a maintenance regimen
Activation of Platelets Activating the platelets with calcium chloride or scalp needling is recommended
Platelet Concentration The optimal concentration of platelets for the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is 1.5 billion per ml

These findings are important, because they are consistent with our current treatment plans, specifically the Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy.  With our Optimal Platelet Concentration™ Therapy we are conducting a platelet count on the day of treatment, which allows us to customize the treatment to ensure that we are reaching the optimal concentration of 1.5 billion per ml.   Our goal is to always provide the best possible treatments backed by research and this study confirms that we are doing that.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

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.

Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team

How Is The Type Of Hair Loss Determined?

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If you have read previous blogs, you have probably seen a few about how important it is to determine the cause and type of hair loss before determining a treatment plan. The reason for this is that not all treatments are appropriate in every case. There are five main types of hair loss that women have that the medical staff need to consider, Androgenic Alopecia, Traction Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata, and Scarring Alopecia. With that in mind, let’s look at how the staff at Medi Tresse determines the type of hair loss you may have when coming up with a treatment plan.

The first step in determining the type of hair loss is based on the Medical History and Hair Loss Evaluation forms that we have patients fill out prior to the consultation. These forms provide important information that our medical staff review to see if there are any past indicators for certain types of hair loss. For instance, if the patient writes down that they had some major stress event (major life event, surgery, etc.) right around the time the hair loss began this is a possible indicator they are experience Telogen Effluvium hair loss.

The next step is during the consultation. At this point the medical staff completes a comprehensive review of the hair and scalp, including a trichoscopy. Each type of hair loss can present slightly different. Alopecia Areata often presents as a coin shaped lesion or discrete patches of hair loss with sharp borders, while Androgenic Alopecia is typically diffuse and more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp.

In many instances, after a thorough review of the patient’s history and the patient’s hair and scalp the clinician is able to determine the type of hair loss. However, if the picture is still incomplete, for some patient’s we may need to complete a blood test or scalp biopsy.

Getting the diagnosis correct is extremely important to make sure the patient is receiving the correct treatment. That is why it is important to see a female hair loss expert to get the correct diagnosis.

Posted By Your Medi Tresse Team

What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From Treatments At Medi Tresse?

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When patients come in for a consultation at Medi Tresse we always ask them what is the goal of their hair loss treatment. The reason for this is to make sure we can set proper expectations for what can be achieved from our treatments. With all of our treatments, we have three main goals; stop further loss, make the hair you have healthier, and if possible regrow hair. We like to remind all of our patients that attaining any of these goals is a success.

Stopping further loss is the most important step, as we want to prevent further thinning on the scalp. Unfortunately, most hair loss is progressive, which means it will continue if not treated. Through our treatments, if we are able to prevent further loss that is truly a success! While it may be difficult to appreciate stopping the loss, the truth is that without treatment the progressive thinning would continue and the hair loss would get worse. That is why it is so important to start treatment early.

Our second goal through treatment is to encourage growth of healthier hair. Over time, as hair follicles age, they actually miniaturize or decrease in diameter, and eventually will be lost for good. Our goal is to reverse this miniaturization to promote thicker hair growth. When patient’s have lots of miniaturized follicles, you are able to see the scalp much easier, which gives the look of more significant loss. When we are able to reverse this miniaturization and provide thicker healthier hair, the scalp is less visible and the appearance of hair loss can decrease greatly.

The final goal, if possible, is to regrow hair. While the reversal of miniaturization actually gives the appearance of regrown hair, there are times we can actually regrow dormant follicles. If a dormant follicle is still alive we hope to be able to reactivate it into an active growth phase to grow the hair. However, this is not always possible if the follicle has been dormant for too long, which can occur if the hair loss has been progressing for many years.

Posted By Your Medi Tresse Team

August Is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

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August has arrived! Because August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, we wanted to take the time to address the growing concern of hair loss in women.

Up to 50% of women will suffer from hair loss by the time they reach the age of 50! At Medi Tresse, we are even seeing more and more women in their 20’s and 30’s noticing signs as well. With this vastly growing population of women struggling with hair thinning and loss, it’s important to spread awareness that women experiencing this are not alone, and that there are treatments to help!

One thing we hear from many of our patients is that they often feel like they are suffering from hair loss by themselves.  While many women feel this way, the truth is that hair loss in women is much more common than most people realize. Often thought of as only affecting men, women actually make up 40% of those affected by hair loss in the United States.

While we realize these facts may not give you comfort with your own hair loss, it is important to know that there are many other women out there going through a similar situation as you.  It is also important to know that there are great treatments that have been clinically proven to help. At Medi Tresse, we offer all of the best treatment options currently available; from Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, to Low Level Laser Therapy, to Formula 82M.   While not all treatments are right for every type of hair loss, there are different options to at least slow down or stop the loss for each type of hair loss.

The first step with treatment is always identifying the type of hair loss.  While Female Pattern Hair Loss is the most common type, and is genetic, many women also suffer from other forms of hair loss, including Traction Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata, and Scarring Alopecia.  Some hair loss in women can even be caused from hormone imbalances or thyroid issues.  In honor of National Hair Loss Awareness Month take the first step to learn more about your hair loss and find out what treatment options are available to you.

Posted by Mary Wendel, MD