Hair Loss

ShanthiMD -  - Dermatology


Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatology located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male pattern baldness, is responsible for more than 95% of hair loss in men, and about one-third of women experience hair loss at some time in their lives, as well. At ShanthiMD Dermatology in Los Angeles, Shanthi Colaço, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified cosmetic and general dermatologist who provides long-term hair loss treatments for both men and women. Find out if platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, medical solutions, or low-level laser therapy can help regrow your hair. Call the West Los Angeles office to schedule a consultation or select the next available appointment using the online system.

Hair Loss Q & A

What causes hair loss in men and women?

It’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs each day and hardly notice since new hair is always growing to replace it. However, if your hair follicles don’t function properly, you lose hair and your body doesn’t replace it. Hair loss is typically the result of:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause
  • Medical conditions or scalp infections
  • Certain medications and supplements
  • Stress
  • Excessively tight hairstyles
  • Age

Sudden hair loss can signal a serious underlying medical condition that requires professional attention. If you’re losing your hair gradually, it’s most likely the result of damaged hair follicles that no longer grow new hair.

How can I effectively treat hair loss?

Several treatments are available to help combat receding hairlines and male pattern baldness. These include:

  • Medications like minoxidil to regrow hair
  • Iron supplements or other vitamins
  • Hair transplants
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Low-level laser therapy

Before beginning any course of treatment, Dr. Colaço conducts a comprehensive medical exam and blood tests to determine the underlying cause of your hair loss. This way, she can recommend the most effective combination of treatments to help regrow your hair and prevent additional hair loss.

How does PRP treat hair loss?

PRP injections treat hair loss by triggering your body’s ability to produce new hair. During the procedure, Dr. Colaço uses the platelet-rich plasma from your own blood. This blood component contains a high concentration of growth factors that stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

At your appointment, a member of the Skinstyle Dermatology medical team draws blood from your arm to use to treat your scalp. Your blood goes into a centrifuge where the PRP separates from the other blood components. Dr. Colaço uses the PRP to inject into the areas of your scalp where your hair is receding or has stopped growing.

Over the next few months, after a few PRP treatments, new hair begins to grow from the follicles that were stimulated by the high-concentration of growth factors.

Find out if PRP, low-level laser therapy, or medicated shampoos may help restore your natural hair. Call the office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.