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Hair Loss and Hair Thinning Treatment with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Hair loss is an issue that both men and women face. Finding an effective treatment for not only combating hair loss, but also promoting new hair growth can be frustrating and difficult. Our dermatology offices in McLean and Woodbridge, VA are delighted to offer the latest treatments for hair loss. Eclipse’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment introduces your body’s own platelets (circulating cells in your own blood) into the specific areas of hair loss in order to promote new hair growth. A small amount of your own blood is drawn and with centrifuge technology and the platelets are separated from the white and red blood cells. These purified platelets are then injected into the scalp in the areas in need of hair growth. Platelets release growth factors which regulate the healing cascade by signaling to surrounding cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue.

Key growth factors involved in this process include but are not limited to:

Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF)
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)
Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF)

These growth factors help stimulate the hair follicles and reduce the inflammation that leads to hair loss, therefore, encouraging new hair growth.
Schedule a consultation with our highly experienced staff to learn more about PRP and whether this treatment is right for you!

Questions & Answers

What is PRP treatment like?

A small blood sample is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge that spins at high speed. This process takes 10-15 minutes and separates platelets from other blood components. With a finely-gauged needle, the concentration of purified platelets is then injected into the area of hair loss that needs to be treated. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after having PRP injections.

What are platelets?

Platelets are a component of blood most commonly known for their role in clotting. Additionally, platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have been shown to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and stimulate hair follicles to grow new hair. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains a higher concentration of platelets and therefore, a higher concentration of growth factors than usually found in the blood. By injecting PRP into areas of hair loss, this growth factor-rich plasma promotes hair growth.

Are there any side effects to PRP treatment?

Like with any blood drawing and injections, redness, slight bruising, pinpoint bleeding, and minimal swelling are all possible side effects to PRP treatment. Patients are advised to reduce any pain or swelling with ice packs (on for 20 minutes, off for 20 minutes) and Tylenol every 6-8 hours. All details of the treatment will be reviewed more in-depth during in-office consultation with our staff.