About 80 million men and women in the United States experience androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male- or female-pattern baldness. At Lumos Dermatology® in New York City’s Flatiron District in Manhattan, the team of board-certified dermatologists offers expert diagnosis and treatment for thinning hair and hair loss. Cutting-edge therapies, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), are often very effective at restoring hair growth or slowing the process. You don’t have to live with thinning hair. Call the office to schedule a hair loss consultation or book online today.
It’s normal to lose some hair every day, but when the hair growth cycle gets interrupted or hair follicles are destroyed, you experience noticeable hair loss. Hair loss, or alopecia, is typically the result of one or more of the following circumstances:
You may simply inherit male- or female-pattern baldness from a family member. With this condition, hair loss is gradual and often in the form of a receding hairline, bald spots, and thinning hair overall.
Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. Your dermatologist closely examines your hair and scalp and talks to you about your medical history to determine the cause of your hair loss. The team at Lumos Dermatology® recommends treating hair loss as early as possible for the most successful outcome.
Depending on the underlying cause of your hair loss, they may recommend prescription medications, laser therapies, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.
PRP originated in Europe more than 10 years ago and is used to promote healing in a variety of medical fields, including orthopedics and dentistry. During a PRP treatment, your provider draws blood from your arm, like a routine blood test, and processes it in a high-speed centrifuge. The centrifuge separates your blood platelets and plasma from the red blood cells.
Plasma is rich in platelets that contain growth factors. These growth factors prompt your body to regenerate newer, healthier cells when your dermatologist injects the PRP into your scalp. Your hair follicles receive the PRP and, over a series of treatments, become stimulated to grow new hair.
The treatment is minimally uncomfortable and takes about 10 minutes in the Lumos Dermatology® office. There’s no downtime after the procedure. Over the next three months, you should notice your hair become thicker with more regrowth.
PRP doesn’t work for everyone, which is why only a board-certified dermatologist can determine if you’re a good candidate for this cutting-edge remedy for hair loss.
To find out if you’re a good candidate, call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.