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Hair regrowth

For many people, hair is thought of as their “crown”.  Given the association of hair with beauty and attractiveness, the loss of hair can be quite devastating.   Finally, there is an effective, non-invasive procedure to help restore hair fullness.

Dr. Jessica J. Mercer, Gwinnett Dermatology

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a procedure in which one’s own platelets are injected into the scalp to aid in hair regrowth.  Dr. Jessica Mercer, a board-certified dermatologist at Gwinnett Dermatology, is excited about bringing this life-changing technology to men and women.

PRP relies on the body’s own platelets to restore hair growth.  Platelets release healing growth factors which stimulate stem cells.  This process reverses miniaturization of the hair follicle and drives hair back into the growth phase.  The result is less shedding and the growth of larger and healthier hair shafts.

PRP treatment involves a quick injection to draw the blood.  Next, the blood is processed to collect a maximum number of platelets.  Lastly, a small needle is used to inject the platelets into the scalp in areas that require improvement.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a good candidate for PRP?
The most common type of hair loss treated by PRP is androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness.   In men, this may present as recession of the hairline, and in women as a widened part at the top of the scalp.  The cause of the hair loss is thought to be a combination of hormonal and genetic factors.  It is important to have a consultation by a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment because there are many different types of hair loss, some even caused by medical conditions.

How many treatments are required?
Typically to see results, a series of 4 treatments, at one-month intervals, is recommended.  After the series, maintenance injections are suggested twice per year.  Because individual results can vary, a regimen will be specifically tailored for each patient.

How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can be thought of as a 3-step process.  Step 1, collection of PRP, takes approximately 10 minutes.  Step 2, processing of PRP, takes approximately 20 minutes.  Step 3, injection of PRP, takes less than 10 minutes. 

Is the procedure painful?
Discomfort has been reported as minimal with this procedure.  If necessary, anesthetic solutions may be used to reduce pain.

Are there any limitations after the procedure?
There is no downtime or long recovery after PRP.  A warm shower is recommended on the evening of the procedure.   If other therapies are being used for hair loss, these can typically be resumed.  It is best to avoid chemical hair treatments for 48 hours. 

How much does the procedure cost?
Medical evaluation for hair loss is typically covered by insurance.  PRP, however, is considered a cosmetic procedure.  Much less expensive than other hair restoration procedures, it is an affordable approach to hair regrowth. 

What makes Gwinnett Dermatology a leader in PRP treatment?
Dr. Mercer is highly skilled and has been involved in hair loss research.  She thoroughly evaluates each patient and personally performs the injections.  She may also recommend additional medical therapies as part of your regimen.  It is this individualized attention in diagnosis and treatment by a trained dermatologist that sets Gwinnett Dermatology apart from other facilities.