Hair Loss

Aanand Geria, MD -  - Dermatologist

Geria Dermatology

Aanand Geria, MD

Dermatologist located in Rutherford, NJ

Hair Loss
If male-pattern baldness is the first thing that springs to mind when you think about hair loss, you’re not alone. But even though many men do experience some amount of balding or thinning as they age, hair loss is an equal-opportunity problem that affects aging women as well as younger adults of both genders. And regardless of your sex, if you're suffering from hair loss, Dr. Aanand Geria can help you. At Geria Dermatology in Rutherford, New Jersey, this board-certified dermatologist provides platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help patients restore lost hair safely and effectively. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

Hair Loss Q & A

Why do people lose hair?

Some of the hair on your head falls out every day in a normal and ongoing cycle of growth and shedding. While you may shed more at certain times than others, most people shed 50-100 hairs every day, on average.

The reason this natural shedding process doesn’t cause a noticeable thinning of scalp hair is that new hair is continuously growing in to replace what was lost.

When the growth-shedding cycle is somehow interrupted, however, or if hair follicles somehow become damaged or blocked, hair loss can occur.  

Having a family history of hair loss is the most common cause of balding or thinning hair. Other possible reasons for unexpected hair loss include:

  • Female hormonal changes
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Chronic psychological stress

Male-pattern baldness, which usually involves either a bald spot or a receding hairline, can begin anytime, including during puberty. Female-pattern baldness often occurs later in life, and mostly takes the form of thinning hair.

How can platelet-rich plasma therapy help?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a proactive, therapeutic hair restoration treatment for men and women who are experiencing unexpected hair loss, whether it’s due to genetic or medical reasons.

Using a small amount of plasma and platelets from your blood, PRP therapy harnesses the power of concentrated growth factors to promote healing and rapid regeneration through a simple injection.

PRP contains up to five times as many platelets as what’s found in circulating blood. It also contains a wide variety of other bioactive substances, including:

  • Platelet-derived growth factor
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor
  • Transforming growth factor

This safe, noninvasive approach is an effective option for patients who want to stimulate hair growth without having to undergo hair transplant surgery.

How does platelet-rich plasma therapy work?

PRP therapy is an autologous treatment, meaning that the therapeutic catalyst used to stimulate hair regrowth, or the PRP, comes from your own body. That means that PRP is entirely safe and won’t trigger a foreign-body immunologic response.

PRP therapy begins with an in-office blood draw. Dr. Geria then spins the blood in a closed, sterile centrifuge that separates the PRP from the other components of your blood.

After administering a local anesthetic to the treatment area, Dr. Geria injects the PRP into your scalp at predetermined points.

Most patients can begin PRP therapy soon after their initial consultation, with subsequent treatment sessions spaced about six weeks apart. Six months after your first treatment, Dr. Geria will evaluate your progress to see if further treatments are necessary.  

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