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Joel Embiid walked off the court in tears after the 76ers’ season ended in the final seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and coach Brett Brown and Ben Simmons expressed a desire to keep the team’s core together. www.espn.com – NBA
So you’re losing your hair and want to salvage whatever you can without a transplant. You’ve heard of the pills (finasteride), and you’ve heard of the potion (minoxidil). Talk to your doctor about both, since they can be used together to halt hair-compromising hormones and improve nutrient delivery to the scalp. But also ask your dermatologist about the third hair-growth solution, which rounds out this full-force trifecta. It’s a relatively new option, and is flowing through your veins as we speak: It’s the plasma in your blood. I tried PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma), and can vouch for it.
I can accept that my hair will turn gray and the crow’s feet around my eyes will get more and more prominent with time. I understand that aging is going to take its toll on me. However, I’ve long put up a fight and am proactive against aging skin. I was slower to start with hair loss, though, mostly because I was in denial that my thick mane would ever compromise.
It started with a recession in my mid-20s, then seemed to stop by 28. I thought “this is fine” and went on without any action. The general thinning took over from there, hitting hard around 31. (This timing and rollout is different for all men.) By many standards, I still had a lot of hair. But by my standards, I had about half the hair on my crown that I used to, maybe less. I needed to accept this was happening, and I needed to do something about it if I wanted to keep my hair. (Because once a follicle stops growing hair, you only have a year or less to restore it before it’s totally dried up and irreversible.) I knew I couldn’t revive the hair that had receded, since those tend to be gone forever, but I could resuscitate much of the hair that had thinned out in previous years.
So, I went to my trusted doctor, NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green. She recommended I try all three methods. I started finasteride in October of last year, the same time I started my first of three rounds of PRP, platelet-rich plasma. (I also began minoxidil in January of this year.) These dates are important for the before and after photos you’ll see during my PRP sessions. The results are not influenced by minoxidil, which increases blood and nutrient delivery to the hair follicles, in turn strengthening and thickening them. My photos are also not influenced by finasteride, either, since it takes 3 months to quell hormones and regrow any dormant follicles.
What Does PRP Entail?
PRP is pretty straightforward, albeit a little strange. The doctor withdraws blood, then spins it into a centrifuge to extract all the red blood cells, leaving your plasma behind. It’s thick and off-white and gooey. Then, they put this into syringes and shoot the plasma into your scalp, massaging it in like botox. This hurts a tiny bit, but quickly turns into a numb sort of contact high that wanes over the next couple days. You simply avoid alcohol and painkillers—anything that thins the blood—for a few days.
I’ll let the medical professional explain this one: “PRP stimulates the hair by injecting specific growth factors that are derived from your own blood to regenerate and grow hair,” says Green. “PRP contains special cells called platelets, which can theoretically cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells around the hair follicle. This platelet-rich plasma promotes healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, and promotes new cellular growth. It stimulates the hair follicles to grow and cause both the growth of new hair and the thickening of existing hairs.” In short, it does the work of both finasteride and minoxidil, or bolsters their efforts.
If you want the specifics on the growth factors that PRP cells have, here they are: platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth-factor-beta, vascular epithelial growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor. “Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products contain this myriad of growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing,” Green says.
Who’s a Good Candidate for PRP?
Green says you’re a prime PRP candidate if you have early-onset hair loss and want to prevent future hair loss. If you’re already bald or are hoping to treat an area that has no hair follicles, then PRP is not going to help. It can only restore and strengthen active follicles.
Can PRP Be Done in Place of Finasteride and Minoxidil?
Yes, it’s a good holistic approach for someone who doesn’t want to take medication for hair loss, and there are no side effects to putting your own plasma back into your body. However, you will need to keep getting PRP treatments yearly (or more frequently) since you aren’t supplementing the efforts with pills and drops.
How Many PRP Treatments Are Necessary, and How Often? What’s a Good Long-Term PRP “Plan”?
“The plan usually is four treatments of PRP for my patients, one month apart, and then an assessment three months later to see the success of my treatment plan,” says Green. “We take before and after photographs to judge the effects of the hair growth. We then assess the maintenance of the PRP injections which can vary between three or more months.” Some patients will “top off” once a year, while others will come in quarterly. It’s up to personal preference, and sometimes budget.
How Expensive Is PRP?
The costs vary wildly, based on the experience your doctor has, and the equipment they’re using. You should expect each treatment to land in the $ 800-1,500 range, however. (Yes, it’s pricy.) Hopefully, as the treatment becomes more prominent and accessible, this price will go down.
My PRP Results
Given all you know about my hair-loss timeline, and my PRP timeline, here are some before, during, and after photos that map my own success with plasma.
Before: The first is before my initial treatment, in early October. (Forgive the fact my hair is different colors in each photo, since I’d dyed it blonde just before.) Note the significant thinning around my cowlick, which is representative of the hair atop my crown overall. This is also when I began taking finasteride.
During—3 Months Later: This was taken just before my third round of PRP, in late December. Note the fuller crown. Because my hair is shorter, it stands up a bit more than the separating effects of longer hair, but you can still see how much fuller it is overall. By this point, I could run my hand through my hair and feel it was much thicker, too—probably 50 percent fuller than just months before. The finasteride regrowth would not have fully kicked in yet, and I would start minoxidil a week or two later.
After—6 Months Later: I’m back to my natural brown hair, but more importantly, I’ve got fuller hair all around the crown. You can see the thickness in the cowlick (don’t just give it a passing glance; if you study it, you see it). And, when I run my hand through my hair, it feels as full as it was five years ago, before I had any real qualms about hair loss. It stands up when I texturize or volumize it, and I notice far fewer hairs in my sink—just the ones that naturally fall out and quickly regenerate. This was a combination of all three methods—finasteride, minoxidil, and PRP—though you can study photo two for the benefits of PRP itself.
A rebellious socialite defies social conventions for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at true love, only to see her hopes for the future shattered after a priceless diamond vanishes into thin air in this romantic drama adapted from a long-lost Tennessee Williams screenplay.
Steph Curry openly mocked the referees on the court after hitting a game-tying 3-pointer in overtime, only for the Timberwolves to win 131-130 with a last-second free throw in a series of events that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called “mind-boggling.” www.espn.com – NBA
Disgruntled star Anthony Davis scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting, outplayed badly by big man Nikola Vucevic, as the Orlando Magic beat the listless New Orleans Pelicans 118-88 on Tuesday. www.espn.com – NBA
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Instead of clinching their second NFC East title in three seasons, the Dallas Cowboys of the first half of the season showed up in their 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. www.espn.com – NFL
For the second game in a row, the Bulls were booed off their home floor following a loss to the Kings on Monday, but new coach Jim Boylen credited his team for playing “one of the better halves of the year in the first half.” www.espn.com – NBA
The shooting at the home for the filming of the Tekashi 6ix9ine’s music video was a VERY expensive setback for the record label behind the project … as in almost half a million dollars down the drain. Sources tell TMZ … Universal Music Group…
Odell Beckham Jr. walked off the field and into the locker room before the final play of the first half in a 34-13 loss to the Eagles and did not return to the sideline until after the second-half kickoff. www.espn.com – NFL
Serena Williams always keeps it real when it comes to the ups and downs of motherhood. Three days after her tough loss at the Silicon Valley Classic, the new mom admitted that she was struggling to see herself as a good mom after a particularly hard week. Find out what Serena learned from her difficult time.
Pills and potions might be the doctor’s orders, but you can also fight hair loss with a proper grooming arsenal. Here are a few products that will strengthen what you’ve got, or prevent damage otherwise caused by your existing routine.
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After suffering a “massive heart attack” in February, Kevin Smith has been eating clean. To help motivate himself when his new diet gets tough, the comedian shared a set of before and after snapshots, capturing his weight loss progress from 2008 to today. See Kevin’s jaw-dropping transformation!
After watching his Louisville Cardinals turn a four-point lead into a one-point loss in the final 0.9 seconds, interim coach David Padgett said, ‘That’s about the toughest loss I’ve ever had.’ www.espn.com – TOP
Hot mama! Blake Lively took to social media on Monday to show off her 61-pound weight loss after giving birth to her second daughter in September 2016. The actress thanked her personal trainer Don Saladino for kicking her “A double S into shape” as she flaunted her toned arms and abs in the Instagram pic. Check her out!
When you think of losing your hair, you may think of those commercials led by a guy whoâs not only the president of the club, but also a client. Then thereâs those over-the-top contraptions that cost more than a mortgage payment and sit atop your head âfor only three minutes a dayâ (for the rest of your life). If those donât come to mind, thereâs a battery of drugstore treatments that are proven to work, but leave your hair feeling greasy and flatâthe opposite of that you want when managing thinning hair.
Although the Bulls are showing that they are better than the 3-20 team that started the season, an overtime loss to the Trail Blazers put the spotlight back on Chicago’s bigger picture. www.espn.com – NBA
MF DOOM, true to the persona of the character he embodies, isn’t much for social media or even public appearances. Today on Instagram (Dec. 18), the rapper born Daniel Dumile reappeared online to share a moving post mourning the loss of his 14-year-old son.
“KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 THE GREATEST SON ONE COULD ASK FOR. SAFE JOURNEY AND MAY ALL OUR ANCESTORS GREET YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. ONE OF OUR GREATEST INSPIRATIONS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE YOUR PARENTS. LOVE YOU MALI,” DOOM wrote early this evening in a caption bearing his young son’s photo.
Prior to this posting, DOOM last shared a message via Instagram in November.
We offer our sincerest condolences to the Dumile family.
While the Cavaliers missed out on what would have been a franchise-record 14th straight win Friday night, coach Tyronn Lue said his team’s 13-game run showed that this club is “capable of playing Cavaliers basketball.” www.espn.com – NBA
After stumbling to a 19-point deficit early in the third quarter, the Lakers turned things around as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 21 points and Lonzo Ball’s boardwork led a late rally past one of the East’s least fearsome teams. www.espn.com – NBA
The pop diva reportedly had a gastric sleeve surgery about six weeks ago after feeling insecure about her size and getting criticism online from body shamers. A top Beverly Hills surgeon performed the procedure, and the Grammy winner is feeling much better after seeing the results. She recently showed off her slim figure in a curve-hugging black dress at her hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Check it out as Rick Ross debates with Hot97 and EBro and we finally get to hear some of the bawse’s thoughts on the Drake and Meek Mill beef. MMG has been one of the most armor-proof brands in Hip-Hop over the past decade, but lately with Meek getting attacked by Drake in various forms, the MMG imprint has been a bit quiet in the eyes of many in the media and consumers of Hip-Hop.
Regardless, when its all said and done, MMG still has the bawse, Wale is still putting out great music, Meek is doing what he does and sold 250,000 the first week. Rozay has a family forming with his new fiancé, he’s got a team to manage and he’s working on his own material as well. Find out more below.
Between alopecia, hormonal changes related to pregnancy or birth control, and just plain old stress, women make up 40 percent of hair-loss sufferers. The good news is that there are styling tricks you can use while you wait out any temporary losses—or you and your dermatologist search for a long-term solution. We asked hairstylist Mia Santiago of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger in New York City for her best tips. The latest from allure.com MillionaireMatch.com – the best dating site for sexy, successful singles!
As the details surrounding the police shooting death of 19-year-old Angelo State University football player Christian Taylor, questions have been continuously mounting on what actually happened. With reports saying that the officer who killed Taylor was still in training, social media has used the unfortunate moment to lament the loss and demand justice.
Officer Brad Miller, which the Dallas News writes is a 49-year-old trainee, just graduated from the Arlington Police Academy this past March and was working under an officer’s supervision. As we reported Friday evening, Miller was responding to a burglary call at the Classic Buick GMC dealership around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning. Reports say that Taylor was inside a showroom after using a vehicle to drive through its glass front. There was a reported altercation of some sort, which is when Miller gunned Taylor down.
What makes this case curious is that friends and family of Taylor say he wasn’t the type to steal and that his Christian faith was something he valued more than anything. Most believe that Taylor wasn’t there to steal a car and there’s little evidence to support claims on either side. Arlington police don’t have body cameras and the video inside the dealership didn’t reveal what happened in the shooting.
Social media users, especially on Twitter, have chimed in with their own thoughts about what happened with Taylor. As the incident happened in Texas, there were some mild comparisons made to the Sandra Bland case as well. Although many theories abound, police say they are still investigating the matter. However, skeptics feel that this is another in a long line of white police officers taking Black lives.
View the following pages to see social media band together and discuss the unfortunate case of Christian Taylor by way of the #ChristianTaylor hashtag.
Earlier in the week, Tyga was to appear in an indie movie, but a missing passport kept him from appearing in an urban thriller.
Tyra was supposed to shoot in “Sleight,” but could not play the villain in the movie after losing his passport.
“His people stopped responding to e-mails and phone calls from the producers, so they were forced to replace him at the last minute,” a source told New York’s Page Six.
The rapper was allegedly stuck in St. Tropez, France, which was supposedly verified with his Instagram.
The producers of the movie were not pleased at Tyga’s no-show.
“We had hoped he would walk on set and blow us away with his talent, but we take our productions very seriously,” said Eric B. Fleischman “And when an actor doesn’t share our sense of professional commitment, we have to do what’s best for the film.”
Diet advice has, for decades, relied on gimmicks that promote easy, painless—and fictitious—weight loss. Now, new strategies are based on hard truths and real results. The latest from allure.com MillionaireMatch.com – the best dating site for sexy, successful singles!
Perfectly adhering to any diet 100 percent of the time is a challenge in the real world, and that’s where both you and I live. I don’t want you to experience the guilt commonly associated with “cheating” on a diet. Instead, I want you to get into the mindset of “sensible splurging.” (Note: Dr. Phil’s 20/20 Diet has three phases; this is part of Phase 2.)
Studies show that people who know there is a splurge available to them tend to actually splurge less and be more successful on weight loss programs. Just knowing that you can have a splurge is often enough to satisfy you, and you don’t have to actually follow through with it. Sure, you might be thinking, Oh great, this is some psychobabble that’s just trying to talk me out of my glass of wine. No, it’s really not, because I’m also telling you that you can absolutely have the splurge and it will not totally derail your weight loss, if you follow the rules. That’s a big “if” there, and I want to make sure you caught it. There are rules for this — having a splurge does not mean going rogue.
First, you need to understand what a sensible splurge looks like. Because if you think a bucket of popcorn the size of your head or a king-size candy bar you picked up in the checkout line is “sensible,” you are kidding yourself. A reasonable splurge portion should not exceed approximately 100 calories. Here are some examples:
4-ounce glass of red or white wine
14 potato chips
2 store-bought chocolate chip cookies
1-ounce bar of dark chocolate
4 oz. gummy bears
2 bite-size candy bars
3 vanilla wafer cookies
Before you indulge in a splurge, I want you to complete a 30-second assessment. Here are the questions:
1. Is there an emotional reason why I want this splurge (sadness, stress, or boredom) and if so, is there another way I can address the emotion without turning to food? 2. Is it enough just knowing that a splurge is allowed and available to me, so I can skip it this time? 3. Would a glass of regular or sparkling water or a cup of tea help this desire pass? 4. Can I distract myself from this desire for a splurge by doing another activity (take a bath, go on a short walk, etc.)?
Make an honest effort to bypass the splurge if you can. Even doing so occasionally will demonstrate to you that it’s actually not that bad to go without it. If, however, the answer to all four of the above questions is “no,” then go ahead with the splurge, but ONLY if you have already exercised or will definitely be exercising later that day. That exercise is a key component to making these splurges fit into your overall weight loss plan.
If you’re worried about not being able to stop at a 100-calorie splurge, remember that beyond that amount, it will start to harm your efforts to reach your goals. You have now attached consequences, either positive or negative, to your behavior, so you’ll find that you’re able to control it better than ever.
Damian Lillard had a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime, rallying for a 129-119 victory Friday night. ESPN.com
As a teen, MacGregor was gaining 50 pounds a year until he had weight loss surgery at 17. Now, almost seven years after his ‘Oprah Show’ appearance, he shares an update.
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