Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as pattern baldness, affects two-thirds of American men by the age of 35, and about 40 percent of women by age 40. Dulles Dermatology Associates, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, brings the benefits of leading-edge Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy treatment for hair loss to patients in the Dulles, VA area.
Hair loss and PRP
Blood has two primary components – plasma and red blood cells. Plasma is a mixture of platelets, and leukocytes – white blood cells that fight infection, as part of the immune system. Platelets contain growth factors, which signal skin (and other types of) cells to function. The body calls upon these tiny blood cells to rush to the site of injury for their clotting and healing capacity.
Each hair grows from a sac called a follicle. This sheath of connective tissues and epidermal cells supports the hair as it grows, keeping it lubricated with oils from an attached sebaceous gland. The follicle also provides essential nutrition. Alopecia occurs when hormonal imbalance constricts hair follicles, initially producing finer, shorter strands. Eventually, they are not replaced when they reach the end of their life cycle.
PRP is a process of concentrating platelets from a small specimen of your own blood, and injecting them into the scalp to stimulate nourishment of follicles, and thus prompt healthy hair growth.
Does PRP for hair loss work?
Injections are performed with a fine needle, at the precise depth of hair follicles, at approximately half-inch intervals. Treating an average area of thinning takes about half an hour. PRP injections hurt no more than pinpricks, and numbing is not usually necessary. There is essentially no downtime.
PRP is especially effective for male genetic thinning at the top of the head, and for women with a widening part. While each patient’s treatment is customized, a typical plan involves:
- Injections once a month for three to four months.
- Most people see noticeable improvement within two to three months.
- Then a session every three to six months continues to thicken growth and maintains hair quality long-term.