Patients in the Centreville, VA area who are faced with hair thinning and loss are often interested in learning about the treatment options available. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care and cosmetic concerns. Knowing why and understanding the process makes it easier for patients to determine if this is the method of treatment best for their specific needs.
Why might we recommend PRP treatment for hair loss and thinning? It is because it is shown to work great in restoring hair. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This is an element of the blood that can be removed and used to stimulate hair growth when injected back into the body. The process starts with a blood sample from the patient. Then, the blood is placed into a centrifuge and is spun into different elements to isolate the platelets. Then, these platelets are injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. This is an incredibly natural, biocompatible method of treating hair loss and thinning without the use of medications or other manmade products.
Why choose PRP?
PRP is a method of hair restoration that is:
Dr. Neeraja Mattay and her team at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia work closely with patients to help them fully understand how the process works for effective enhancement of the hair. PRP is a great option that can be used instead of other methods such as red-light therapies, laser treatment, or hair follicle restoration surgeries.
Determining the reason for hair loss
It is best for patients to start by getting a proper diagnosis for their hair loss and thinning. Sometimes the problem is genetic, or it is age-related. Other causes may include changes in hormone levels or increased stress. Regardless of what causes the hair loss, many patients want to restore their hair to improve their self-confidence. This is when our team may suggest a variety of services for patients to consider, which may include PRP therapy.
How long does PRP take to work?
It is essential that patients understand that hair regrowth and restoration is a long-term process. It does not improve overnight. When injections of PRP are made into the scalp area, it takes time for the hair follicles to begin producing hair. Then, it must grow over time to fill in the areas where thinning and overall loss have occurred. The process can take several months, but patients are excited to see the hair growth occur and improve their appearance.
Who is a candidate for PRP therapy?
Treatment for hair loss and thinning such as PRP therapy can be used for all patients. This is because the process is safe, natural, and biocompatible. The PRP used is derived from the patient’s own body and then injected into the area needing assistance. Dr. Neeraja Mattay finds that this method of treatment is more appropriate for patients than any other solution available. In addition, it can be used in conjunction with other therapies if patients so desire, such as laser light stimulation or the use of special medicated shampoos to stimulate hair growth. During a consultation appointment, patients can ask their doctor about all the methods available to make an educated decision.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.