Hair Loss from Lockdown?

Hair Loss from Lockdown?

Last year’s lockdown dramatically increased the number of people who experienced telogen effluvium – or stress-related hair loss – for the first time.1

But there’s a natural way to stop it using “growth factors” from your own body.

More on that in a minute.

First, let me show you how the folks at Harvard want to handle the situation.

Ivy League Researchers Hoping for “Hair Loss Payday”…

Published in the journal Nature, the study reveals that a major stress hormone “turns off” hair follicle stem cells.

This allows the stem cells to remain in an extended resting phase, without regenerating the hair follicle and hair.

The researchers also identified a specific molecule – a protein called Gas6 – that re-activates hair follicle stem cells to promote hair growth.

Of course, they’re hoping to develop a drug that cures baldness.2 Harvard’s Office of Technology owns the intellectual property relating to this work and is “exploring ways to develop commercialization.”

It’s Big Pharma’s attempt to “come to the rescue” and rake in a boatload of money.

But you don’t need their potentially harmful new medication to jumpstart your hair follicles.

Harvest Hair Growth Factors from Your Own Body

I help my patients regrow their hair naturally and safely with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP is a simple treatment that involves injecting growth factors from your own blood back into your body. It uses your body’s own platelets — the colorless cell fragments in your blood that allow your blood to clot. But we’ve learned in the past few years they’re so much more. They’re also your body’s emergency response team.

Platelets attract stem cells to any injury or damage. Stem cells are the basic building blocks of your entire body. They can transform themselves into any other kind of human cell including hair follicle cells — so there’s zero chance of an immune system reaction.

PRP works because plasma is also your body’s natural reservoir for hundreds of proteins called growth factors. When PRP is injected into an injured area, these powerful growth factors promote healing and regenerate injured tissue.

And published research backs me up on this.

In one study, 11 patients with male pattern baldness had no luck with hair-loss drugs. After PRP, hair thickness increased by 31%.3

The results were even more impressive in a new study from Greece. Researchers used either PRP or minoxidil on 40 patients. At the end of three months, they analyzed the results using digital camera photography and dermoscopic scans.4

The results were dramatic. The PRP patients had significantly more hair growth. Without any dangerous or unwanted side effects.

And an Italian study proved that after PRP, 78% of patients – male and female – regrew between 30% and 40% of the hair they lost.5

It only takes a few hours. You have no downtime and there’s no risk of rejection because we’re using your own cells. And the effects are fast and lasting.

If you’d like to learn more about PRP therapy for hair loss, please call the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine at 561-784-7852. My staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

If you can’t get to my clinic for PRP therapy, here’s a simple fix you can try at home.

Stimulate New Hair Growth with Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is packed with antioxidants that help combat thinning hair. In a recent study that looked at 100 men with androgenetic alopecia, rosemary oil applied to the scalp showed to be equally as effective as 2% minoxodil (Rogaine®) at increasing hair growth. That’s impressive and a lot safer than drugs.

Rosemary oil can irritate the skin, so I recommend using it with a carrier oil. My favorite is coconut oil. Just mix 3-4 drops of rosemary oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp each night before bed. Wash as usual in the morning.

 

 

 

1 Camera K. “Is your hair falling out during the pandemic? Doctors say you’re not alone.” Miami Herald. May 2020.
2 Harvard Office of Technology Development.
https://otd.harvard.edu/
3 Gentile P, et al. “The effect of platelet-rich plasma in hair regrowth: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.” Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015;4(11):1317-1323.
4 Verma K, et al. “A study to compare the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma and minoxidil therapy for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.” Int J Trichology. 2019;11(2):68-79.
5 Stevens J and Khetarpal S.  “Platelet-rich plasma for androgenetic alopecia: A review of the literature and proposed treatment protocol.”  Int J Womens Dermatol. 2019 Feb; 5(1): 46–51.