Alopecia, or hair loss, can result in overall thinning, patchy bald spots, or complete baldness. Some causes include medications, overall health, aging, thyroid disorders, postpartum, infections, nutrition, hair styling practices, genetics, autoimmune disorders such as alopecia areata and lupus, and chemotherapy. Treatment is often directed at the underlying cause. It is important to contact us to see Dr. Mary Noël George, a board-certified dermatologist, to evaluate your particular case of hair thinning or hair loss.
Studies have shown that the following facts about hair loss:
- 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35
- 65% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 60
- 80% of women have noticeable hair loss by age 60
Hair loss can be an embarrassing issue and can leave you feeling helpless. Contact us today and we can begin treatment for your hair loss as soon as possible.
There are several treatments that are available to those who suffer from hair loss. One of those treatments, prescription medication, can be partially effective but may have unwanted side effects. Another option is surgical hair restoration. However, this option can be very expensive and does not treat the underlying medical problem. At George Dermatology we prefer to treat hair loss with a more natural option called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
PRP For Hair Growth
Now there is an affordable way for you to improve your hair density naturally and chemical free. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair restoration involves a simple injection of your own platelets and growth factors into your scalp.
PRP works by:
- Increasing blood supply to the follicle
- Increasing size of the hair shaft (thickness)
- Triggering and maintaining the growth phase
- Decreasing overall hair loss
How PRP works
Platelets contain healing growth factors. These growth factors give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. With PRP for hair, your own growth factors stimulate the hair follicle to promote new hair growth. PRP can also reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle and jumpstart dormant hair back into the growth stage.
- Step 1 ) Your own blood is collected in our office into a small tube
- Step 2) The tube is placed in a centrifuge to spin for 10 minutes. This separates out the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
- Step 3) Using a small needle, the PRP is strategically injected into the areas of thinning hair in your scalp.
The whole PRP treatment process usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
There is no downtime or recovery process. Avoid any blood thinners (ibuprofen such as Advil, and aspirin) after the treatment. You may take Tylenol if you experience discomfort. It is recommended that you take a warm shower the evening of the treatment. Avoid any hair dyes and chemicals to your hair for 48 hours after the procedure.
How many treatments are required?
Dr. George recommends a series of 3 treatments spaced 1 month apart. After this, you may need maintenance treatment every 6-12 months.
Who are good candidates for PRP?
PRP works best for men and women who have early mild to moderate hair loss as a result of androgenic alopecia. Men with androgenic alopecia have a receeding hair line and thinning at the crown. Women have a widening part at the top.
Does the procedure hurt?
There may be some sensitivity. Most patients describe this as a pressure sensation. This usually resolves within 1 hour. Most patients receive the injections without any numbing.
When will I see results?
The result of thicker and healthier hair appears in 3-6 months.
Is PRP a cure for baldness?
There is no cure for hair loss. However, regular treatments of PRP can significantly slow down the effects of hair loss and increase hair density.