[COLUMN] Let’s talk about hair and why you should care

The time has come when even the mundane and seemingly mindless combing – or taking care – of  our hair has been neglected because we are either too busy to notice or too busy to care.

Let’s get one thing clear: Hair care is important not only for our appearance, but also for our overall  hygiene. Plus, we may have overlooked the fact that having healthy hair is the easiest way to to look  our best. First of all, having healthy hair has a significant impact on our self-esteem. In fact, survey  says that 88% of women say that their hair is related to their self-confidence. And believe it or not,  the condition of your hair can be one of the most important signs of your overall health. Vibrant,  healthy hair means that your body is producing enough vitamins and nutrients that ensure your body  is operating at its peak condition. Unhealthy, dry and frizzy hair may be a sign that you may need to  change your diet or hair care routine in order to promote your overall health and well-being.

Now that we have established how important it is to have healthy hair, it is nice to know that proper  maintenance and haircare can also be achieved through treatments that are now readily available in  medical spas. And the good news is that we have these types of hair treatments at iSkin and MiSkin  Med Spa. Keep in mind that we do offer free consultation, so we can evaluate which one is best for  you.

Now let’s talk about these treatments. One is the Hydrafacial Keravive.

The HydraFacial Keravive is a new and unique treatment designed to cleanse, nourish, stimulate, and  hydrate the scalp. The procedure is essentially a “facial” but for hair! It combines the patented Vortex  technology that made the original Hydrafacial so popular, in addition to the new Keravive Peptide  Complex. The health effects of the Keravive’s restorative scalp can be enjoyed alone or as  complement to treatments for hair loss. We can better assess your “hair needs” and add in in your hair  protocol when you come by for a consultation.

A Keravive treatment begins with the application of the Vortex technology. While you relax  comfortably against a towel, we gently massage your scalp with a HydraFacial tip. The Vortex  technology extracts dirt, oil and other impurities from the hair follicles and the surface of the scalp,  while simultaneously promoting blood circulation. This step prepares your scalp for the application of  the Keravive Peptide Complex.

The Keravive Peptide Complex is a proprietary blend of growth factors, peptides and skin proteins  that are understood to be lacking in people with thinning or damaged hair, including epidermal  growth factor (EGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (BFGF), vascular endothelial growth factor  (VEGF) and Thymosin Beta-4. The Keravive Peptide Complex also contains Panthenol, which is a  vitamin B5 derivative that encourages moisturizing. It also contains arginine, which builds keratin and  skin collagen properties. This potent serum is 200 times more concentrated than any other hair treatment on the market today.

Second is the PRP Therapy.

PRP stands for “platelet-rich plasma.” Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the best rich plasma your  blood has to offer because it heals injuries faster, encourages growth factors, and also increases  levels of collagen and stem cells—these are naturally produced in the body to keep you looking  young and fresh. In this case, those growth factors are used to help regrow thinning hair.

How is the procedure is done? 

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s  blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. Some in the medical community think  that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the  hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined  with other hair loss procedures or medications.

The PRP injections are done in three steps. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks  apart, and maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.

First step: Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine  that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).

Second step: After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three  layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and the red blood cells.

Third step: The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the  scalp that need increased hair growth.

Who can benefit from PRP injections?  

PRP injections can benefit a wider range of people than you may have initially thought. These  plasma injections are platelet rich and can potentially help some groups such as:

  • Both men and women. It is important to note that Male balding and hair thinning is talked about  more extensively, as opposed to women who do not often get the same benefit of widespread  information. The fact remains that women can lose hair, too, due to several different factors.
  • A sizeable age range of people. Many successful clinical trials have been tested with people  ranging from 18 to 72 years of age.
  • Those suffering from hair loss due to high stress levels. Since this condition is not chronic, it can  be treated rather easily.
  • Those who have recently experienced hair loss. The more recent the hair loss occurred, the better  your chances are of fixing it before it is too late for PRP injections.
  • Those with thinning or balding hair, but not completely bald people. PRP injections are meant to  thicken, strengthen, and grow hair from follicles that are still functioning, however weakly this  may seem.

ISkin and MiSkin Med Spa’s expertise is to delay the signs of aging, but more importantly, to help  you achieve overall health and wellness and that especially includes taking care of your hair. I hope I  have imparted a nugget of wisdom through this column –– enough to give your “crowning glory” a  second thought.

Come check us out for free consultation. For more information, you may go to  iskinbeverlyhills.com.

Visit iSkin Med Spa and MiSkin MedSpa for a free consultation. iSkin is located at 8665 Wiltshire  Blvd penthouse Beverly Hills ,90211 or call 424-382-1002.

MiSkin MedSpa is located at 9227 Haven Ave. Suite 120 in Rancho Cucamonga or call 909-9898464. You may also follow us on social media: @iskinmedspa and @miskinmedspa.

To our readers, you are more than welcome to our iSkin location if you are in LA area; and if you  happen to be in the Inland Empire and Orange County, we have MiSkin Spa for you self-love and  self-pampering needs.

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Imee Ong-Maghanoy is an established aesthetician, a business owner and CEO of iSkin Beverly Hills, iSkin MedSpa and MiSkin MedSpa. Imee has been in the aesthetics industry for more than 20  years. She has a degree in Biology and Doctor of Dental Medicine. iSkin MedSpa and MiSkin  MedSpa are fast emerging as a top Spa destination in LA. iSkin is located at 8665 Wiltshire Blvd  penthouse Beverly Hills. MiSkin MedSpa is located at 9227 Haven Ave. Suite 120 in Rancho.

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