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What is PRP?

Millions of Americans are suffering from alopecia, as well as male- or female-pattern baldness. These conditions can be devastating and seem hopeless. One treatment option that may be right for you to spark hair growth is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP.

PRP therapy is a procedure wherein your blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. The plasma is then injected into the affected area. The PRP helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and stimulate collagen production.

To find out if you are a candidate for PRP, make an appointment to discuss your options.

What is alopecia?

Do not confuse alopecia with male- or female-pattern hair loss. Alopecia areata causes hair to fall out quickly in round patches. More than half of those affected with alopecia see it begin in childhood and over 80 percent by the age of 40.

The scalp isn’t the only area where alopecia attacks. It can also occur on your arms, legs, or face.

What to look for

If you think that you may have alopecia, you will notice the following signs:

  • Hair loss in localized, circular areas, most commonly on the scalp
  • Complete baldness or hair loss all over the body, which can happen in more severe forms

How can we help?

Treatment for alopecia can be a lengthy process; however, there are things that can be done to stop the hair loss, repair the damaged cells and generate new growth. An appointment is necessary to allow us to map out a treatment plan. Some of the options that we will discuss are:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Oral medications
  • Topical creams and/or ointments
  • Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can help people repair blood vessels and promote hair growth.

Keratosis Pilaris

What is keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is one of the most common dermatologic conditions. It involves abnormal keratinization of the hair follicle, resulting in keratin plugging the follicular openings. Keratosis pilaris is a genetically inherited trait. This condition is generally asymptomatic but can cause itching.

In children, keratosis pilaris can be widespread, appearing after puberty. It will occur mainly on the upper arms and thighs as red bumps, or “chicken skin,” causing the skin to have a rough, scaly, sandpaper-like texture.

How can we help?

After a proper evaluation and diagnosis, we will prescribe a treatment plan that may include topical creams or ointments, exfoliants and/or body wash and lotions.

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common, chronic form of dermatitis that causes redness and scaling on the scalp, face and ears. Dandruff is an example of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.

A little bit about Seborrheic Dermatitis

There are quite a few forms of seborrheic dermatitis, such as:

  • Dandruff
  • Pediatric seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap”
  • Sebopsoriasis, a crossover of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis

One form of Seborrheic Dermatitis is cradle cap

There are many factors that contribute to seborrheic dermatitis, which makes each case unique. During your initial appointment, we will examine the following factors in order to come up with an appropriate treatment plan:

  • Family history of seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis
  • Skin type —dry or oily
  • Whether you are taking any immunosuppression drugs
  • Whether you have any neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
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