How PRP Works for Hair Loss

Hair loss can be an alarming, upsetting experience for both women and men, and unfortunately, it’s a problem that’s all too common. In fact, researchers estimate more than 80% of men experience noticeable hair loss, along with about 50% of women.

At Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center, our team of Todd Perkins, MD, Edward Stolar, MD, and Adrianna Gonzales, MD, FAAD, help women and men restore healthier, thicker hair with PRP treatments based on the most advanced techniques and research. 

Here’s how PRP works and how it could help you.

The science behind PRP

PRP includes two primary components of your blood: liquid plasma and platelets, tiny cell fragments that play a key role in tissue healing. Named for their plate-like shape, platelets are made in your bone marrow.

Normally, platelets remain in an inactive state. But during tissue injury, chemical signals work to activate platelets, triggering the release of growth factor proteins that help heal damaged tissues.

Despite their miniscule size, platelets provide powerful support for healing. 

In addition to helping your blood clot, the growth factors they release support new cell growth and blood vessel development to bring oxygen and healing nutrients to injured areas while removing harmful toxins and byproducts.

These benefits make PRP an ideal therapy to spur healing following many types of musculoskeletal injuries and following some types of surgeries. We also use PRP in aesthetic treatments to rejuvenate aging skin. And now, PRP helps promote hair growth.

PRP therapy: What to expect

PRP’s healing effects help restore and rejuvenate damaged or inactive hair follicles, triggering new hair growth. It also supports active hair follicles by improving overall blood flow for fuller, healthier hair.

Treatment begins with an extraction of a small amount of your own blood. We place the blood in a special device that separates the plasma and platelets from the rest of your blood. 

Then we inject the resulting solution — PRP — directly into the treatment area. Once injected, PRP goes straight to work healing damaged follicles and supporting new hair growth.

Performed right in our office, PRP doesn’t involve downtime, incisions, scars, or downtime. Since it uses your own blood, there’s little risk of rejection or allergic reaction. Plus, every treatment is customized for results that are naturally beautiful. 

Finally, we can repeat treatments as needed to help you achieve the results you want.

Learn more about PRP for hair loss

PRP treatment for hair loss is convenient, too, making it easy to fit treatment sessions into even the busiest schedule. To learn more about PRP for hair restoration, call 202-659-2223 or request an appointment online today with our team at Metroderm DC, the top dermatologists in Washington, DC.

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