Written on: Dec 19, 2018 By: Shari Hicks-Graham
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are an exciting new treatment option in dermatology. I have treated eight patients using a series of three monthly treatments in the last year and I believe the results are certainly worth sharing. Fortunately, most of these patients have had significant improvements in hair regrowth. These injections are used to treat certain forms of hair loss on the scalp and, cosmetically, to improve the signs of aging skin. PRP has been discussed by many dermatologists at national meetings over the last 5-7 years and has been reported as a promising therapy in mainstream media. As I began seeing more and more patients who had progressed through all of the routine steps for the treatment of alopecia (primarily female pattern hair loss, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, telogen effluvium and traction alopecia), it became clear that patients wanted and needed more options.
PRP has been used for several years in other medical specialties such as orthopedic surgery to assist with wound healing and joint pain and is now available as an off-label treatment for dermatologic purposes. Here’s a bit on the science. It is hypothesized that the platelet components are rich in proteins (growth factors) that may act on stem cells in the hair follicle promoting new blood vessel and nerve growth, resulting in hair growth. Additional research is necessary to determine the best treatment strategy for PRP as the sustainability of the growth response may vary, requiring additional treatments. So far, evidence indicates that it is an effective and safe treatment for people with hair loss. If you’re curious about this procedure, here’s what you need to know.
First, a thorough history and physical examination are performed to make sure that the treatment is appropriate. From this point, the specific type of hair loss is diagnosed and laboratory studies like blood work or a scalp biopsy may be required. After that, therapeutic options are reviewed. If the hair loss has been persistent despite all other appropriate therapies for the particular type of alopecia, and if there are no other contraindications like infections, significant inflammation of the scalp, anemia, platelet disorder, or other complicating underlying medical disorders, PRP may be a good option. A plan may be set in motion for 3-6 treatments over 12-18 months based upon the response to the therapy.
On the day of treatment, blood is drawn from the patient into a sterile vacuum sealed container. This specimen is taken immediately to the lab and spun down using a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich portion of the plasma from the rest of the blood. If you are a little needle-phobic, fear not - there are a few tricks that can be used to make the procedure less intimidating and as pain-free as possible. While the plasma is being prepared, I provide anesthesia to the patient’s scalp to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. After about 20 minutes, the PRP is ready to be resuspended and injected into the patient’s scalp directly near the roots of the hair using a syringe. Once the procedure is complete, shampooing and normal hair care practices can be resumed but we ask patients to be gentle with their hair for the first 48 hours.
As with any medical treatment, results may vary. Other therapies may be used along with PRP to improve outcomes, including topical minoxidil. However, generally, one may see hair growth six months after the first treatment, and scientific support for this practice boasts 30-40% increases in hair density. This is particularly true for female and male pattern alopecia, telogen effluvium, alopecia areata and some cases of traction alopecia and early central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. It has been very exciting to see the reaction of patients to a successful treatment plan, especially when other treatments have proven to be less much effective, are more slowly to act, or simply do not produce the desired result at all.
If you have been dealing with hair loss, I recommend that you see a board-certified dermatologist who can assist in the diagnosis of your condition. Perhaps PRP could be a favorable option for you. If not, there will likely be other therapeutic options to optimize the health of your hair so that you can feel confident in your own skin. This happy, confident look will always be your best feature.
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Moisturizing Shampoo - Apply to wet scalp and hair, lather and rinse. Repeat once or twice as needed. Our gentle, sulfate-free formula is intended to effectively cleanse without overdrying your hair and skin. Massaging the scalp while applying is also recommended to improve circulation throughout the scalp. Use at least weekly for best results. Be careful to avoid direct contact with eyes. View a quick tutorial video here.
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Moisturizing Lotion - Apply to scalp after washing and conditioning, before drying & styling hair. May also apply to scalp daily as a moisturizer. This product also works well on the hair itself for extra moisturization to improve manageability. View a quick tutorial video here.
The products are designed to be used at least once per week but may be used as often as three times per week depending on your hair and scalp condition and moisturizing needs.
Yes! The Moisturizing Lotion is a versatile product. Although it is formulated to be a light moisturizer applied directly to the scalp to alleviate dryness and itchiness, many use it directly on the hair for additional hydration from the roots to the tips. Men also find it useful to moisturize their beards without leaving their hair with an oily finish or strong fragrance.
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Our independent clinical trial consisted of only adult participants. Please be advised that our products do not have a tear-free formula and they were not studied for use on children. Be careful to avoid direct contact with the eyes.
LivSo was designed for people with dry itchy scalp and curly or textured hair, regardless of ethnicity or gender. If you have a textured hair type that dries out easily with typical dandruff shampoos or sulfate products, this product is for you. Curly or textured hair, by nature, requires more moisture to prevent breakage, splitting and ensure its luster. The cuticle of curly and textured hair tends to be more ruffled as opposed to flat, which prevents oil from the scalp from wicking from the root to the tip of the hair causing it to look and feel drier.
Beyond those who have dry, itchy scalp, if you have dry curly hair, our products were expertly crafted to promote scalp health and meet your hair cleansing and moisturizing needs.
To our friends with straight hair and dry, itchy scalp, LivSo products are formulated to meet your needs as well. Our line of products may feel more moisturizing than alternative products without a focus on hydration, but they will still work to alleviate dry itchy scalp.
Creating products that are safe and gentle for your skin and hair without compromising efficacy is our highest priority. We include numerous natural ingredients in all of our products but we do not focus on being all-natural because natural elements and therefore natural products may not necessarily be safe and gentle. Our products are gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and are not derived from animals in any way.
Acetyl alcohol will not dry out your hair, in fact, it does just the opposite. Acetyl alcohol is a conditioning agent and a fatty alcohol, which actually has a moisturizing effect on the hair and skin as opposed to isopropyl alcohol, which is your common rubbing alcohol.
Glycolic acid is a valuable and effective ingredient included in our Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and can increase photosensitivity on the skin. As such, we want to ensure that those with sun sensitivity are aware of its presence. We believe sunburn risk from using these products is still fairly low because the hair on the scalp protects the scalp from being exposed to direct sunlight. If you are wearing a protective style where parts of your scalp is exposed or if have a very short haircut, we advise that you apply sunscreen on any exposed areas.
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