HAIR LOSS CLINIC
AT ALBEMARLE DERMATOLOGY
Hair thinning and loss is a complicated issue influenced by numerous medical, hereditary and psychosocial factors. Determining your specific diagnosis by a medical professional specializing in dermatology is the first step. An initial diagnosis is often covered under your insurance medically, and may require a biopsy or lab work.
A diagnosis of androgenic or "hereditary" thinning is no longer covered by insurance and is considered cosmetic. There are numerous treatment options, including medication, nutraceuticals and regenerative medicine that have shown to slow the progression and regenerate hair in some individuals. The cost is $150 per visit and may require follow up visits every 6 months to 1 year depending on treatment. Treatment costs vary.
Whether medical or cosmetic, all treatment should be customized to the individuals preference and needs. Treatments carry different benefits and risks that should be fully explored with your provider prior to initiating.
HAIR REJUVENATION WITH PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Hair rejuvenation with platelet rich plasma, known as PRP, is a non- surgical, therapeutic treatment for hereditary hair loss. The process involves withdrawing a person’s own blood, developing it so only the enriched cells (platelet rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the scalp. These cells contain growth factors and essential proteins that promote healing and stimulate hair growth.
PRP’s safety has been established in the medical field for over two decades and has been used in other specialties such as orthopedics, cardiovascular surgery, sports medicine, cosmetic dermatology, and more. PRP cannot bring dead hair follicles back to life. It works best for early hair loss where it can rejuvenate miniaturized hair follicles into ones that can produce hair.
How is works
PRP works by stimulating inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase. Your blood contains small cells called platelets that contain specific growth factors that, when “activated”, promote tissue regeneration and healing. Local anesthesia using Lidocaine mixed with epinephrine is administered to the scalp so the patient feels little to no pain.
Full Treatment: $1000 or $3500 for a package of four treatments
Individual results may vary. Current medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. It begins with three treatments spaced approximately one month apart with maintenance treatments every 6 months. It may take 6 months to see full results.
PRP has been proven to be safe for most individuals between the ages of 25-80. There are very few contraindications, however a screening consultation will be done to assess for any other potential medical causes of hair loss and to determine appropriateness for treatment with PRP. Patients taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, or Prednisone will need to discontinue use for 7 days prior to treatment. We recommend that you wash your hair prior to appointment since you will not be able to wash your hair for six hours after procedure. You will not be able to wear a hat for 24 hours post treatment.