Genetics and aging can contribute to hair loss, also known as alopecia. This condition can be embarrassing and affect self-esteem. Fortunately, there is treatment available. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire and offer a variety of treatments including PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy. This innovative procedure can ensure hair restoration and renew confidence.
The average adult has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on the head and loses about 100 hairs a day. Each hair follicle has its own lifecycle. Old cells are pushed out through the epidermis at a rate of about 6 inches per year as follicles produce new hair cells. Hair can cover every area of the body except the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. Many factors can cause hair loss including genetics, stress, illness, injuries, burns, eating disorders, and low-protein diets. Dying the hair, shampooing too frequently, tight braiding, and hot rollers can also contribute to hair loss.
If you suffer from hair loss, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our highly respected board certified dermatologists. The dermatologist will review your medical and family history and examine your hair. Factors that will be considered in the diagnosis include age, nutrition, habits, the pattern of hair loss, the rate of hair loss, the appearance of nearby hairs, and other symptoms. Once our dermatologist has reached a diagnosis, a treatment plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs.
Platelet rich plasma contains about five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. Platelets promote healing and aid in blood clotting at the site of a wound. They also contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body. By utilizing a patient’s blood, we can increase the body’s healing capacity in a specific area and promote hair growth.
If you are interested in PRP therapy, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.