Hair loss is a major concern for many patients, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, or from styling practices and/or products. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat the condition. Platelet-rich plasma, or Eclipse PRP, is a state-of-the-art nonsurgical treatment for men and women that is showing results in slowing down, stopping, and possibly even reversing hair loss. PRP has also shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. Dr. Melanie Carreon of LCS Medical Spa is one of many Physicians that offer hair therapy to provide this innovative therapy in Seguin, near New Braunfels, San Marcos, San Antonio and Austin TX. By combining a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, Dr. Carreon can help to strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
"When I came to Dr. Carreon’s office I didn’t know what to expect. I had driven an hour and a half from my home just to find a “female doctor” who would understand my desire body shape. Mary put me at ease right away and Dr. Carreon fit me into her schedule right away. I’m delighted with my new waistline. It makes me feel young again, at 41."- Anonymous / Office Visit / May 10, 2009
"Loving my new body - Dr.Carreon has really changed my life. I had lipo with her a couple of weeks ago and my body has never looked so small. Dr. Carreon really does all she can to give the best results. Her office is very knowledgeable. They really show how much they care for their patients from the call the day before the procedure to the call the day after. I have recommended Dr. Carreon to all my friends and..."- S. / RealSelf / Oct 12, 2018
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"My wife had smartlipo done here and she looks and feels amazing! It’s been a great confidence boost for her and she’s very happy with the results. All the staff was extremely friendly and helpful! Thank you!"- J.C. / Google / Oct 04, 2018
"I had my lipo procedure with Dr. Melanie Carreon a couple of weeks ago and could not have asked for a better experience. From the consultation to the end, I felt like a priority. I was given more than enough information to help me through this process. The staff is very attentive and was ready to answer any questions I had. I was impressed that they checked on me the next day. I can't wait to see my final photos at my follow up appointment. I highly recommend Dr. Carreon!"- S.S. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
Any patient experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for Eclipse PRP treatments, but those with early hair loss tend to respond best. PRP is best used for patients with androgenic alopecia, which is a genetically determined type of hair thinning that mostly occurs along the top of the head. In women, this can look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head. Patients with areas of "weak quality” hair growth on the scalp with still functioning hair follicles usually have the greatest success with PRP hair regrowth treatments.
A minimally invasive procedure, the Eclipse PRP therapy is a short 45 – 60-minute, in-office visit. The process begins with acquiring a small amount of your blood and placing it in a special Eclipse PRP machine, which spins the blood at high speed to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. Next, the concentrated platelet-rich plasma is injected by Dr. Melanie Carreon into areas of your scalp that are thinning or bald. Our protocol for nonsurgical management of hair loss consists of an initial treatment and maintenance treatments approximately every nine months to one year.
What to Expect
There is no downtime following this procedure, with virtually no limitations or restrictions. If anything, patients may develop some redness, minimal swelling, and mild tenderness to the treated areas. These symptoms may last up to 48 hours. While results differ for each patient, cosmetic results are commonly seen around 4 – 6 months after the first treatment and will continue to improve up to a full year following treatment. As PRP is not a long-term solution for hair loss, repeat treatments are recommended every 12 – 18 months. It is essential to note that PRP does not grow new hair follicles in areas where you are already bald. It is used to help reverse the miniaturization of hair follicles so they will produce healthier, thicker, longer hair fibers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy for hair cost?
PRP therapy costs will depend on many factors, including how many treatments you are getting. During your consultation, Dr. Carreon will create your PRP treatment plan to maximize your results. Then, she can discuss the cost of your PRP therapy. Dr. Carreon will also tell you about any current specials being offered and which payment methods LCS Medical Spa accepts.
How often should I get PRP treatments?
Typically, most patients need at least 1 PRP treatment performed every month for the first 4 months. Then another treatment every 3-4 months and maintenance thereafter. Your specific PRP therapy program will depend on the degree of hair loss and your goals. Based on this, Dr. Carreon can recommend how many PRP treatments you will need and how often you should schedule them to stimulate your hair growth. If your condition is more advanced, she may recommend more treatments initially, which can be performed less frequently once you begin to see results.
How effective is PRP therapy at treating hair loss?
The outcomes of your PRP therapy will depend on the severity of your hair loss, how many treatments you get, and other factors. You should also remember to be patient with your results, as it takes time for new hair growth to become visible after the PRP stimulates the process. During your consultation, Dr. Carreon will discuss if you are a good candidate and what results you can realistically expect. You may need to continue to get PRP therapy to maintain your results and limit future hair loss.
Are the PRP injections painful?
It is very common to experience soreness and tenderness at the scalp after PRP injections. The PRP is meant to cause inflammation which can also contribute to the pain post-injections.
Stimulate New Growth
PRP therapy is a medically and scientifically backed option for those struggling to find hair loss solutions. At LCS Medical Spa, we strive to provide solutions to efficiently treat thinning hair. We serve patients in Seguin, near San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin, Houston, and other surrounding communities. To learn more about PRP therapy, we invite you to call our Seguin, TX office today.