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Your Health: Oxygen Scalp treatment offers hair growth

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        A patient is sitting in a chair with her back to our television camera.
        She removes her warm-brown-colored wig and a hair net that covers her bald scalp.
      
        This woman is brave and mighty generous to reveal her extreme case of hair loss.
        This patient is actually undergoing an oxygen scalp treatment to regrow her hair.

         Dermatologist, Dr. Stacy Haynes, MD says, "We put a layer of oxygen it opens up hair follicles."

      After first cleaning the scalp with alcohol, Dr. Haynes uses an airbrush device to apply pure oxygen to the scalp.

      Dr. Haynes shows how the oxygen gently comes out onto the scalp creating and releasing a slight dimple in the skin.
      The blowing oxygen feels like a feather sweeping across the back of my hand.

     A layer of oxygen on the patient's scalp is followed by the application of a stem cell serum to stimulate hair growth.
 
         Dr. Haynes says, "This is the serum that's around the stem cells we're not actually using stem cells but the serum that has the same properties.  It's the building block for hair follicles."

     Dr. Haynes says, "We just put drops in and massage it into the area."

     In just two weeks, this patient has seen a major difference.
     But Dr. Haynes says, "Not everyone sees these remarkable results when getting the oxygen scalp treatment in such little time.''

    Too many of men and women can relate to the damage-- thinning hair, hair loss or alopecia-- can have on your self confidence, image and relationships.

      This age 50-plus patient chooses not to show her face.

     She says, "It was thinning right there in the top like males I was hoping it would grow longer, take it from the left or right to cover it up. It was embarrassing sometimes.''
   
    Dr. Haynes tells me, Cicatricial Alopecia is common among African American women.
        
   Dr. Haynes says, "The Cicatricial is where it starts in the middle and it spreads out as to how you lose the hair.  We usually associate with long term chronic use of products on hair, relaxers, colors pressing combs  flat iron , blow drying."

  14 year old, Semaj Hutchins, remembers the shame of hair loss.  He was only 12.
    Hutchins says, "Going around school seeing kids look at me say hey he's got bald spots in your hair and everything.   It was a big patch on top, then it was a big patch on the side and in the back."
 
     He shows us he still has some treatments to go.

     Dr. Haynes looks at Hutchins head and says, "Yes, this was his area."

      You can barely see the major bald spots; they're filling in.

     Hutchins says, "I feel more confidence in myself."

     Pictures of this Huntsville lady before the oxygen scalp treatment shows extreme hair loss across the front hairline and eventually completely.

     But, now, see how she has new hair growth and hope.
     After eight years of thinning, then seeing even a fine improvement, the 50-plus patient says it best.
   "It makes a woman feels complete like a newer tie it just makes you feel good."

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