If you've been "Keeping Up" with the celebrity news cycle, you've likely heard about Kourtney Kardashian getting scalp injections after noticing a bald spot. In attempt to fix the spot, the 40-year-old star injected plasma (as in that stuff in your blood!) into her head.
Fans first got wind of Kourtney's struggle with hair loss in a teaser for the upcoming season. In the latest episode of season 17 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (yes, there have been 17 seasons), there's a scene in which Kim notices a bald spot on the crown of her older sister's head. "Kourtney, you have a really big spot on the top of your head," Kim says in the clip. "Look down, Kourtney. Oh my god, I’m afraid for your life. Have you seen that?"
Kim then advises Kourtney to go to the hospital, but she isn't quite as concerned. "I swear it’s from my ponytail, it was so tight that I had a bump on my head," she replies, referencing the super-sleek, sky-high ponytail she wore to the amFAR gala back in February. She could be right, considering you can develop traction alopecia (a type of hair loss) from wearing your hair in a tight updo, especially if you use chemicals or heat on your hair. (Consider yourself warned, Ariana Grande.)
Instead of immediately going to the hospital, Kourtney booked an appointment with Jason Diamond, MD, a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Diamond explained her best bet for regrowth would be to get two or three series of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. “I think you probably need two or three series, maybe once a month for the next three months and I think you’ll be fine," he told her.
So, what exactly are PRP injections? Dr. Cangello, MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon at Cangello Plastic Surgery in NYC explains to GLAM that the cosmetic treatment involves injecting your own blood plasma back into the scalp. Because the plasma is rich in growth factors, it ultimately supports new cell growth.
"The growth factors released from the platelets impact the stem cells within hair follicles while also stimulating new blood vessel formation," Dr. Cangello says. "This increases blood flow to the area and promotes the growth phase of the hair."
Though the results will vary per person, plasma injections are ideal for patients with temporary hair loss or thinning hair, he adds. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications, but for best results, consistency is key. When done correctly, patients often see a 30 percent increase in hair growth.
But the benefits of platelet-rich plasma injections don't end with hair growth. Dr. Cangello also recommends PRP injection on the face and as a finishing treatment to his signature microlasering treatment for a glowing complexion. "PRP is a simple and effective treatment that rejuvenates skin and delivers a healthy glow," he says. "The concentration of vitamins, nutrients, and proteins in the plasma improve skin by stimulating collagen and the skin’s natural regenerative process."
In fact, Kim is a fan of this technique. You may remember the episode where she got the trendy "vampire" facial on camera. And while the idea -- and clips of Kim ugly crying -- may seem intimidating, there is growing science showing this really works for anti-aging.
Of course, all breakthrough beauty treatments come with a price tag. Costs for plasma injections can range from $1,500-$3,000 for initial treatment, and requires follow-up treatments once a month for 2-3 months.
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