Dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. Announces Platelet Rich Plasma to Treat Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Charles Crutchfield III M.D., a nationally recognized Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss and thinning hair.

Charles Crutchfield III M.D., a nationally recognized Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss and thinning hair.

There is new evidence showing the effectiveness of PRP Therapy as a non-surgical medical procedure to treat hair loss and thinning hair. Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. has seen significant results in patients seeking treatment for hair loss (Alopecia). “Using the patient’s own blood, we create a concentration of Platelet Rich Plasma to promote hair growth and rejuvenation.” Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. explains the treatment and its benefits: “PRP therapy uses the patient’s blood to create the ideal formula of Platelet Rich Plasma. We start by drawing a blood sample and spinning the blood to separate its components: red blood cells, plasma, and platelet-rich plasma. Injecting the enriched platelet-rich plasma, (containing concentrated amounts of growth factors, cytokines, and platelets), into the treatment area. This PRP treatment stimulates the inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.”

Dr. Crutchfield has years of experience treating hair loss (alopecia) with success. He is excited about new developments that have made platelet-rich plasma therapy a viable option in treating Alopecia. “When we inject PRP into the area of hair loss, it causes a mild irritation that triggers your body to heal, explains Dr. Crutchfield. “When the platelets are in the clot, enzymes are released that begin a tissue response to attract stem cells to heal and repair the damaged area. The results are an amplification of the body’s regularly occurring wound healing system.”

Dr. Crutchfield has seen a significant increase in the number of patients inquiring about this therapy. Estimates are that nearly 100 million Americans suffer from hair loss. PRP for Hair Loss Therapy is a breakthrough treatment option because it is a safe, reliable treatment that is short and non-surgical. The recovery period is fast, and the results look natural.

“In our experience, although PRP is not yet FDA approved for alopecia, we have a success rate of approximately 75%. I tell patients if they do not notice any regrowth after 2-3 treatments, not to continue. I define success as patients report that they see a significant amount of hair regrowth. I recommend a series of injections to be done monthly, for 4-6 months. Once patients achieve the level of hair regrowth that they are happy with, we will recommend a topical treatment program to maintain and extend the PRP treatment success and recommend a PRP treatment every 6 or 12 months for maintenance. “

The PRP treatment works well for both men and women. It is primarily designed to treat androgenetic alopecia, but we have had success in alopecia areata and hair loss associated with stress (telogen effluvium), too.

Dr. Crutchfield can review your specific case and help to develop a hair re-growth plan.

About Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD:
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield is an annual selection in the “Top Doctors” issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine. He is the only dermatologist to have been selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians. Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and dermatology textbook. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN, and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Crutchfield was also given “first a physician” award, Helathcare Hero, 100 most influential, and one of the Top 100 African –American Newsmakers in the United States by theGrio, an affiliate of NBC News. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grio_Awards

Crutchfield Dermatology is a proud member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (DPSEAM). http://www.SafeAndEthicalDoctors.org

Tips to make curly hair look healthy & beautiful

Let’s face it — hair can often be a part of our personal and cultural identity. The number of hair styles, processes, and hair care treatments are as varied as we are as a people.

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Additionally, we must constantly keep in mind factors like weather, travel, and athletic activities that can affect our chosen style. Whether your style is natural, braided, processed, locked, twisted or supplemented, there are key factors that can be employed to make your hair look its healthiest and look its very best.

African American hair is especially fragile and can be easily damaged. I and other dermatologists, in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology, offer these tips to keep African American hair healthy and beautiful.

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  1. Wash hair once a week or every other week. This will help prevent the build-up of hair care products, as the residue can be drying to the hair. Washing hair weekly also removes scale and flakes that are often confused with dry scalp. Keeping the scalp clean will improve the overall health of hair.
  2. Use conditioner every time you wash your hair. Be sure to coat the ends of the hair with conditioner, as the ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair. I am not a big fan of dandruff shampoos. Dandruff is a problem with the skin, not the hair, and needs a skin treatment. For your hair, use the best shampoo and conditioner available to treat your hair the best. Your stylist can give you great recommendations for premium shampoos and conditioners.
  3. Use a hot oil treatment twice a month to add additional moisture and elasticity to your hair. For additional suppleness and conditioning, apply a pea-sized amount of light oil like Moroccan oil (argan oil) to the palms of your hands and run them through your hair
  4. Before styling with heat, apply a heat-protecting product to wet hair to help reduce and minimize heat damage.
  5. If you would like to relax your hair, see a professional hair-care stylist to ensure that the relaxer is applied safely. Touch-ups should only be done every two to three months and only to new hair that has grown in. Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed.
  6. If you would like to press or thermally straighten your hair, use a ceramic comb or iron and only do so once a week. A straightening device with a dial can ensure the device is not too hot. Use the lowest possible temperature setting that gives you the style you want, keeping in mind that a higher temperature may be necessary for thicker, coarser hair.
    When getting braids, cornrows, extensions or weaves make sure they are not too tight. If it hurts when your hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage.
  7. A trick used by some dermatologists is to recommend prenatal vitamins. The combination of minerals and vitamins in prenatal vitamins will make hair grow faster, longer and thicker.

Using these tips, one should have happier and healthier hair. If you are experiencing hair problems that don’t improve or resolve with these recommendations, including any noticeable thinning or changes in the appearance or texture of your hair, be sure to see a board-certified dermatologist for help.

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Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is a board certified dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also has a private practice in Eagan, MN. He received his M.D. and Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Genomics from the Mayo Clinic. He has been selected as one of the top 10 dermatologists in the United States by Black Enterprise magazine. Dr. Crutchfield was recognized by Minnesota Medicine as one of the 100 Most Influential Healthcare Leaders in Minnesota. He is the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild and Lynx. Dr. Crutchfield is an active member of both the American and National Medical Associations.

How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

Hi, this is Dr. Charles Crutchfield clinical professor of dermatology and medical director at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Today we are going to talk about a vexing problem razor bumps.

This condition is also known medically as Pseudo Folliculitis Barbae but we’ll just call it razor bumps. Continue reading How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

Ringworm of the Scalp – Tinea Capitis


Hi this is Dr. Charles Crutchfield clinical professor of dermatology and medical director at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Today we are going to talk about ringworm of the scalp. The medical term is Tinea Capitis.

Is Ringworm of the Scalp Common?

Tinea Capitis is very common in African American children. In fact any child with a scaling itching scalp should be thouroughly investigated for ringworm of the scalp.

Ringworm of the Scalp Clue

One of the clues are large lymphnodes on the back of the neck.

How Long Is Treatment?

It’s important that the medical treatment occurs for at least eight weeks or as advised by board certified dermatologists It’s also recommended that all objects that touch the hair such as comb barrets rubber bands and pillow cases be replaced or treated to prevent reinfection.

Anti-fungal Shampoo

I also advise all members of the household to use an anti fungal shampoo because ringworm is a fungal infection But to use this shampoo for at least two months.

Can Adults Have Ringworm of the Scalp?

This is a very common yet easily treated condition in young children.
Adults rarely develop ringworm of the scalp but can be carriers and pass it on to their children who are prone to the infection. That’s why it is so important to treat the entire family for two months.