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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) To Treat Hair Loss

Mitchell Kline MD Best Dermatologist NYC

We recently published a piece on treating thinning eyebrows and eyelashes. In my exploration of the topic I also wanted to address female and male pattern baldness. I turned to Dr. Mitchell A. Kline, a board-certified clinical dermatologist with a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He specializes in melanoma surgery and staging and non-invasive melanoma detection including total body dermoscopy and DermSpectra full body digital imaging. While Dr. Kline is considered the go-to doctor in New York for skin cancer concerns, his practice also offers a broad array of creative anti-aging and cosmetic treatments including lasers, injectables, fillers, photo-facials and chemical peels.

He is also one of the few doctors in New York that offers Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP facials, otherwise known as the Vampire Facial, as well as PRP for hair regeneration. Dr. Kline is a true innovator and leader in the field of dermatology. When I learned that he successfully grew himself a virtually full head of hair using PRP, I had to learn more. I sat down with Dr. Kline to gain a better understanding of the treatment.

What’s all the buzz about Platelet Rich Plasma?

MK: It seems like every week there’s a new breakthrough cosmetic treatment boasting remarkable rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits. They come; they go. Many amount to more hype than help, with a hefty price tag and minimal patient benefit. So when a treatment like platelet rich plasma (PRP) generates buzz, and sticks around, the dermatological community pays attention, especially when that treatment is rooted in historical medicine. With PRP, we’re witnessing a renaissance in a technique that was officially developed 30 years ago to assist in the recovery of orthopedic and nerve injuries. Now it has gained traction for use in facial rejuvenation and, most relevant to my practice, hair growth treatment that can work for both men and women.

What is PRP and how does it work?

MK: When a new patient comes in for PRP treatment her blood is drawn just like during a blood test and then placed in a centrifuge that is spun, sometimes twice, to concentrate the plasma with rich blood-clotting particles called platelets. The result is what we call platelet rich plasma or PRP. Though this can all sound a little Frankensteinish on the face of it, the procedure is all natural. Everything involved in a ‘traditional’ PRP treatment belongs to the individual patient without the addition of synthetic chemicals or actives. Blood is simply being concentrated through the precise and rapid spinning process. While some practices and physicians add stem cells and other natural hormones to the PRP mixture as part of treatment, this is done predominantly outside of the USA.

How does this come into play with hair loss treatments?

MK: Unlike the popular vampire facial, that involves microneedling the PRP into the face, PRP for hair loss involves injecting the PRP into the scalp through a series of sterile injections. There is no pain, wounding or visible evidence that anything has been done to the treatment area.

Are there any side effects?

MK: Bruising is rare even for those patients on blood thinners. This is likely due to the clotting action of the platelets in the blood. Some mild warmth can be expected in the hours after the procedure but that’s about it.

How does it work?

MK: While the science is still catching up to the procedure, what is clear is that the growth factors present in the highly concentrated platelet and plasma mixture (which is effective at healing and anti-inflammatory support) helps to stimulate hair growth by converting resting hair follicles into an active state.

What results have you seen to date?

Platelet Rich Plasma To Treat Hair LossMK: Before introducing a treatment into the practice I always try it on myself first. 18 months ago I had a large, smooth balding area and decided to try PRP therapy without topical or oral therapy. When I reached the third month I was growing substantial amounts of fuzz over my previously smooth, bare bald spot. At that point I began the daily process of using enhanced minoxidil topical hair treatment daily in conjunction with PRP. After three more months I was stunning my patients, some of whom were calling me Benjamin Button. My before and after pictures reinforced what I knew, I was re-growing hair! While major studies on PRP remain small and results still can vary widely, our practice has seen great, even transformative, results with PRP treatment. We’ve seen results for both male and female pattern hair loss.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

MK: The range of patients who can benefit from treatment is vast. There can be great results when PRP is used in conjunction with hair transplant treatment or even for some patients who are suffering from mild to severe hair loss and for whom hair transplant surgery is not an option. It’s also never too late to get started. Our oldest PRP patient is 86 years old and thrilled with her results!

What other treatments work well with PRP for hair loss?

MK: After seeing success with PRP alone, our practice has started to combine PRP treatment with the FDA approved oral finasteride (Propecia) for those men and women willing to take it orally. We also prescribe a topical minoxidil in a proprietary blend to help boost results. Retinoids and topical male hormone blockers can work well too. In addition, we are working to further improve consistent and even more stunning results.

What scientific advancements are in store for PRP down the road?

MK: While the current PRP treatment process is quick, safe and extremely simple for patients, we are always striving to use equally safe topical additives that will act with synergy to improve PRP for frontal as well as vertex (top of the head) androgenetic alopecia. Other types of alopecia as well as stem cell treatments are in collaborative trials outside of the USA in several countries. We look forward to seeing what results are possible with these innovations. There’s no doubt that this is an exciting time for patient care and innovative hair loss treatment!

For more information on Dr. Kline, please visit Kline Dermatology’s website.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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4 Ways To Enhance Your Beauty Regimen With Minus Ion Care Water

Enhance Your Beauty Regimen With Minus Ion Care Water

When cold, crisp winter weather makes our hair and skin freak out (i.e., break out…dry out…frizz out…), we make sure to stock up on our favorite multitasking product from Japan. No one can sing the praises of Vine Minus Ion Care Water better than Travel Beauty’s hair care expert, Ishi.

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Where do I begin? Vine Care Water is negative ion water that was first developed in Japan for NASA to clean the lenses and mirrors on space bound vehicles and satellites. Bacteria cannot live in a pH 12.5 environment, so it was made as a germ-killing cleanser. Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than water, so on its own it provides moisture. Used in conjunction with hair and skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver – so it boosts the effectiveness of products used subsequently.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair Care

The negative charge of the water is attracted to – and bonds to – hair.  It helps strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments and styling aids to amplify the benefits of these products. It can also be mixed with your shampoo or conditioner at a rate of 10%, or can be sprayed onto hair, roots to ends, before leave-in conditioners or styling aids are applied. This is a fabulous tool for thick, curly hair as well; read more here about how to use it.

Vine Care Water Minus IonNegative Ion Water Benefits for Skin Care

Care Water works well as a moisturizing skin toner or clarifier (most products that clarify tend to dry the skin). Many of my clients have had success clearing up some forms of acne with Care Water as well. Layered with other products, it boosts the benefits of those products. Here’s an easy experiment to give you an idea of what Care Water does:

  • Put a few drops of oil into water. You will see it separates.
  • Then spray the oil and water with Care Water.
  • You will see it actually reduces the size of the oil drops so that the water and oil mix together.
  • This is the same way Care Water breaks up and clears away oils on the skin.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Scrapes & Cuts

Sprayed on scrapes or cuts, Care Water cleans the wounds (by killing bacteria) and moisturizes, therefore promoting healing. It’s currently being used in research at burn hospitals in Japan with very positive results.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Teeth

Care Water also works for brushing your teeth – both cleansing and whitening. Read all about our smile-cleaning secrets here. Don’t swallow it, though! It is not for internal use. The pH is too extreme for that. Care Water is the ideal multi-tasking travel companion. You can find this cure-all wonder water in travel size here at Travel Beauty.

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4 Pro Tips For Healthy Holiday Hair

4 pro tips for great holiday heair

Though the holiday season is a wonderful time of year packed with parties, gatherings and festivities, all the celebrating can take a toll on us and our hair. All the blow drying, curling, hot ironing, teasing, pinning, spraying, and combing puts hair through the ringer. So as you spread the love around this season, show a little to your tresses, as well, with a little extra attention.

All the heat and handling your hair is experiencing, in addition to the natural dryness that accompanies winter – drier, crisper air outdoors and heated air indoors – calls for adding more moisture and protection to your hair care routine. We see the need readily on our cracked hands and fingernail cuticles, and as a result may apply hand cream several times a day. Hair strands also have a cuticle, and a similar need for extra hydration during stressful times. Here are a few tips for keeping your hair healthy and shiny from party to party.

Shampoo and condition…

with high quality moisturizing products and resist the urge to over-cleanse. Try to shampoo no more than twice a week, and focus your shampooing on the scalp not the ends. Use your conditioner as a cleanser for the ends, especially with long hair, leave the conditioner on longer than you normally do (again, mainly on the ends), and rinse thoroughly. Caretrico’s Moist Sleek Shampoo and Treatment are rich in emollients and nutrients for your locks.

Here’s an extra pro-tip:

Negative-ion water, such as Vine Care Water, is more absorbent than regular water due to its negative charge, which boosts the effectiveness of conditioners and treatments when they’re used together by helping the treatments penetrate deeper. This wonder water also tames frizz and has a volumizing effect on fine hair. For best results, spray Care Water on damp hair prior to applying leave in-conditioners or styling products.

Use a leave-in conditioner

This time of year is when you should be regularly using a leave-in conditioner. Use after washing when hair is still wet and apply thoroughly to midshafts and ends. Caretrico’s After Treatment Enrich Milk will wrap your locks in a soothing cream and put moisture back where you need it.

Moisturize and polish

Whatever tool or process you’re using to style your hair, be sure to apply a moisturizing styling product for protection, such as Arimino Aqua Moisture, a silicone-based hydration and polishing coating. Aqua Moisture is also great as a finishing touch to smooth flyaways and tame frizz.

You want to look your best for every engagement, especially during December. Help your hair look fresh and healthy by giving it extra nourishment during the winter months.

Happy holidays!

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The Best Brush For Hair & Scalp Health

shampoo scalp brush

How seldom you wash your hair has become a bragging right among women. (E.g., “My blowouts last 5 days!”) Those of us who wash our hair every day are called crazy, foolish and misguided, among other things. Whether to shampoo hair daily is one of the longest-standing, most heated debates in beauty.

Are you in the scant shampoo camp?

Perhaps a dry shampoo devotee? Or maybe a cleansing conditioner practitioner? Since I’ve learned the hard way that trying to get a once or twice a week hair washer to switch to washing every day is about as easy as getting a staunch republican to vote for Hillary, I won’t bore you with the benefits of a super-clean scalp. I will ask you, though: Since you’re only washing your hair once or twice a week, don’t you want every washing your hair gets to be as effective as possible? Then what you want—what you need—is the S-HEART-S Scalp Brush.

Haven’t heard of a scalp or shampoo brush?

That’s ok. Though this brush won over Japan a decade ago, and though Ishi brought the brush to the U.S. a few years after that, it has remained a relatively unknown beauty tool to most of the world. This recently started to change, however, when the brush landed in France and caused a complete sensation with hair stylists and beauty editors alike. Team Travel Beauty totally gets it. Almost everyone who tries this magical brush, Refinery 29 included, is an instant convert, wondering how they ever cared for their hair without it. This is because this brush elevates the simple act of washing your hair into a deep cleansing ritual.

Since 2004, S-HEART-S has been on a mission

to revolutionize shampooing with its brushes. S-HEART-S invented and engineered its Scalp Brush and Scalp Brush Mini to create beautiful, voluminous hair by deeply cleansing and invigorating the scalp. The Scalp Brush is designed to thoroughly clean and massage your scalp—while you shampoo. How, you ask?

It has 376 round-tipped nylon bristles

specially designed to remove dirt, buildup and excess oil from the 40,000 follicles on the scalp, giving a deeper, more invigorating cleaning of the pores than you’ll ever get with your fingers alone. The bristles’ ball tips also massage and stimulate your scalp (promoting microcirculation) while hair strands slide easily through the brush, allowing an even distribution of shampoo and conditioner along the entire hair shaft of each and every strand of hair. Your hair and scalp are left completely build up-free. The brush also makes applying a hair mask or conditioning treatment easier and more effective, because no strand is left untreated. I’ve also gushed before about the Scalp Brush’s amazing detangling abilities particularly when it comes to kids,—achieved without the creation of static electricity. With regular use, hair looks and feels revitalized from the root to the tip, with an glossy, smooth finish.

As a Scalp Brush devotee,

I can tell you without a doubt that my hair is noticeably cleaner—and stays cleaner longer—when I shampoo with this brush. My blowouts last an extra day at least, and when I finally do wash my hair after a blow out, this brush is unparalleled at removing all the dry shampoo I put on my hair to stop it from shining and smelling. Quite simply, it is a necessity for anyone who tries to keep shampooing to a minimum.

Best brush for kids

Another benfit of this brush is that if you choose to use it while your hair is dry, you will find it painless, even for those with long, thick or course hair. For many parents, brushing their childrens’ hair can be a daily drama. With S-HEART-S Scalp Brush your children will be lining up for hair brush time. The brush is not only painless but massages the scalp. Kids also love the sleek modern shape and gold shimmer. Makes brushing hair more fun!

Intrigued? Watch this how to use the Scalp Brush video:

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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Winter Vacation Skin and Hair Care Essentials

Winter Vacation Skin and Hair Care Essentials

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter in the northeast, which for many of us means holiday travel. Whether you plan to head out west on a ski vacation or are destined for the tropical sands of the Caribbean, packing proper skin and hair care is essential!

For Face

Whether you are hitting the slopes or preparing to worship the sun, packing a sunscreen that will protect your skin from the elements is a must. Even if you find yourself in cold temperatures, if the sun is out, sunscreen is in order. Sun tends to accelerate the skin’s aging process so for face, I love Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Sunscreen For Face SPF 15. This French cult favorite is high tech, anti-aging sun care that enables you to enjoy the benefits of the sun without experiencing its harmful effects. There’s real science behind this line of bio-cosmetics that takes a completely different approach to sun care. It works with aging skin’s biology and the sun’s properties, instead of against these factors, enabling your skin to protect itself from the elements. Institut Esthederm’s sun care products are bar none — the best you can find on the market. And because of active ingredients like beeswax and rice bran oil that moisturize and nourish skin, containing anti-free radical properties, Bronz Repair can be used all day as your daily anti-aging moisturizer while on vacation. For stronger protection or if you desire a sunscreen that has a hint of tint, try B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30 for face, neck and décolleté. It not only protects you from the harmful rays of the sun, but also guards against premature wrinkles that can result from sun exposure.

For Body

Institut Esthederm Sun Care Oil Extreme Sun is the best sun care for body you can find and also doubles as a luxurious body care oil all year long. It ensures safe prolonged sun exposure in severe conditions, including the intense tropical sun. It allows a deep, intense natural tan to develop without any harmful UV damage. Sun Care Oil Extreme is formulated with UV in-Cellium Technology to protect the skin from the inside by strengthening its self-defense systems. This hi-tech sunscreen is also extremely moisturizing, and can be used to protect your hair from the harmful rays of the sun as well, making it a multi-tasking product ideal for traveling light.

For Hair

If you are going on a warm weather vacation, Philip Kingsley Swimcap is a must. Fact: Your hair and scalp can get burnt in the sun. This leave-in hair treatment contains SPF to protect your crown from getting scorched and moisturizes your hair in the process. It even provides for a convenient way to style your hair while on the beach or by the pool that keeps it off your face. I apply it in sections and then braid my hair. For short hair just apply and slick hair back. Trés chick! When you wash it out at the end of the day, your hair will feel silky, smooth and nourished.

Aprés Sun

Whether you finished your day a little crispier for the wear or not, remember to treat your skin to some extra added tender loving care. For face, I love Cosmetics 27 Huile 27. It’s a 100% natural, multi-tasking, anti-aging face oil that moisturizes, softens and regenerates skin. It actually rebalances skin function and restructures epidermal tissue, which can get knocked off kilter after a day in the sun. You can mix it into your favorite moisturizer, to give it an extra boost of hydration and even apply it to lips and hair for some extra added nourishment. For body, Mio Skincare The A Cream Firming Active Body Cream not only restores elasticity and firmness to the skin but contains ingredients like aloe vera juice and avocado oil which makes it a superb after sun moisturizing body treatment.

Don’t Leave Out Your Lips

Whether you’ll be seeing sand or snow, be sure to pack B. Kamins Laboratories SPF 20 Lip Balm as well. In extreme cold, wind or sun, lips are usually the first place to suffer. Just a few minutes of exposure to extreme weather can lead to days of chapped, cracked lips. Reapply your lip balm frequently to keep your lips comfortable and protected all day and night.

Bon Voyage!

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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