I’ve been treating Claire at my clinic for years…
She’s an energetic, outgoing person who always greets me with a smile.
But not long ago, she came in to see me and instead of her normal sunny disposition, she seemed self-conscious and reserved.
You see, she wanted to talk about a problem that she was embarrassed about.
After a few minutes of hesitating, she lifted up her blonde bangs.
“Dr. Sears,” she blurted. “My hair is falling out. I’m starting to have the same thinning hairline you see in older men.”
I had to smile… because while she was feeling defeated, I knew there was something I could do to help her.
Losing your hair is troubling for anyone, but it’s often harder for women. Just in the past year alone, the number of women experiencing stress-related hair loss has increased dramatically.
But there IS a way to handle hair loss. It’s safe, natural, and doesn’t involve Big Pharma’s dangerous medications like Rogaine®.
Harvard recently announced they are hoping to develop a new drug that can cure baldness. This announcement came after the researchers identified a specific molecule – a protein called Gas6 – that re-activates hair follicle stem cells to promote hair growth.1
It’s sad because so many people have felt desperate enough to try these harmful and ineffective treatments. But I don’t recommend them.
You don’t need drugs to jump start your hair follicles.
At the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine, I help patients like Claire regrow their hair naturally and safely using platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP therapy.
PRP is a simple treatment that involves concentrating the platelets in your blood, and then injecting them back into your body in the area you need help. 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 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 research proves it works…
In one study, 11 patients with male pattern baldness had no luck with hair-loss drugs. After PRP, hair thickness increased by 31%.2
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.3
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 – have regrown between 30% and 40% of the hair they lost.4
The whole session takes only 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.
Here’s what Claire told me after her two PRP sessions:
“I started to see fuller and healthier hair almost immediately. And after the second session, new little baby hair began to sprout in the areas that had been thinning!”
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.
Regrow Thicker Hair at Home
I recommended that Claire also give her hair enjoyable “spa type” treatments at home with two natural oils that have been shown to help regrow thicker, fuller hair.
- Black Cumin Seed Oil. In one study, a group of people were treated with black cumin seed oil for three months. Results showed 90% of the black seed group had increased hair thickness compared to only 7% in a placebo group.5Look for 100% pure black seed oil. Massage it into your scalp nightly and wash as usual in the morning.
- Rosemary oil. This 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.
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. Wash it out in the morning.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Harvard Office of Technology Development. https://otd.harvard.edu/
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Sudhir P, et al. “Nigella sativa seed, a novel beauty care ingredient: A review.” Int J Pham Sci Res. 2016;3:3185-3196.