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Ok so by now you’ve heard of the “vampire” treatments that the Kardashians popularized on social media and tv. A vampire facial – a treatment invented by Charles Runels MD that involves PRP, platelet-rich plasma, being injected into the skin after microneedling to improve the skin complexion. But ever since the pandemic, PRP has garnered more attention in the field of hair loss for women. Until recently, the main options to treat hair loss in women were topical foams such as Rogaine, and expensive hair transplants. But then PRP came along. The International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, cited several studies that demonstrated positive results in using PRP for hair loss, too, pointing at growth factors in PRP that stimulate follicles and encourage new hair growth. There’s definitely a reason why it's called “liquid gold.”

In women, hair thins at the part line or, for some, all over. While a treatment such as Rogaine tackles both male- and female-pattern hair loss—experts are still unsure how the treatment works—it comes with unpleasant side effects, such as hair in unwanted places and weight gain. PRP, on the other hand, is shown to have minimal side effects because it is completely natural.

Women and Hair Loss

Female hair loss can be caused by changes in hormones usually during menopause, extreme diets that don’t provide sufficient nutrients, conditions like diabetes, high levels of stress, the use of heat-styling tools and even wearing very tight ponytails. During pregnancy, estrogen—which plays a protective role in hair loss—peaks and prevents the resting hair from falling out, which is why many women report thicker hair during pregnancy. However, when estrogen levels balance out after childbirth, the resting hair may fall out all at once, a process called telogen effluvium. For many women, the loss of resting hair isn’t noticeable, but for some, the resting hair actually comprises 50 percent of all hair—and losing more than half a head of hair can be extremely alarming and shocking. Female pattern hair loss can occur at any point, and can happen for a few months, stop and then reoccur later on.

PRP is platelet-rich plasma that is derived from the client’s blood and is centrifuged, which is rich in growth factors. This high concentration of growth factors help with tissue healing and when injected into the scalp, help stimulate the hair follicles. The PRP is injected directly into the scalp at the hair follicle level – around the front of the scalp, or anywhere in the scalp you’re experiencing hair loss. The PRP enriches the health of the follicle, improving the blood supply to the area and stimulating reparative cells. The best part is that it takes about an hour, so you can expect to go home and carry out your normal activities on the same day.

Liquid Gold injections can help increase hair density, improve hair thickness, and stimulate hair regrowth. PRP should be a part of a multifaceted program to treat hair loss and thinning, that’s why Dr. Acia Williams will tailor her recommendations according to each of her client’s needs. Her procedure for PRP is tailored to maximize hair growth in individuals experiencing thinning hair, hair shedding, and hair loss. She recommends three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and results continue to develop over the course of several months following treatment.

Book your Liquid Gold PRP injections at our state-of-the-art hair restoration studio,

HLRC© in Washington D.C.

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