Hair restoration benefits men and women who desire a fuller scalp, with healthy thick hair in Virginia including McLean, Falls Church, Tysons, Arlington plus the Washington DC area. The various treatments aimed at this are performed by Dr. Vartan Mardirossian at Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics in McLean, VA.
Have you noticed that your hair has started thinning in places or has been falling out without explanation? If so, there is no need to despair because there are several medical and surgical solutions available these days that can assist with hair restoration, some of which will be discussed below. 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States experience hair loss. Specifically, the percentage of men suffering this condition increases from 40% at age 35 up to 80% at the age of 60.
FDA-approved Medical Treatments for Hair Loss
The medical treatments can revert hairs from the resting phase into an active growth phase. Medical treatments produce an increase in hair density, hair volume, and reduction of hair loss. They cannot revive a hair follicle that has already been lost. Cessation of the medical treatment will generally revert its effects. We usually recommend a combination of all medical treatments to yield the best possible result.
- Finasteride (Propecia)
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
At our practice, every patient is carefully evaluated in order to elaborate the best and safest possible plan for work-up and treatment. Further diagnostic testing such as workup for anemia, thyroid function and autoimmune disease may be deemed necessary prior to embarking into a treatment plan. There are only two FDA-approved medications currently for male hair loss: Finasteride (an oral medication) and Minoxidil (a topical cream applied to the scalp), while only Minoxidil is approved for female hair loss.
Finasteride (Propecia R) is used only in men and has the benefit of increasing the density of hair in the hairline, forelock, temporal and crown region. It takes about 6 months to build up a visible effect and it takes the same time for hair to reverse to its starting point once it is stopped. About 2% of men experience decreased libido with this medication, which resolves in half of the cases while continuing to take the medication.
Minoxidil (Rogaine R) was originally used as a systemic drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. The medication was discovered to lead to a more prolonged active growth phase for hairs. Early on during the treatment some patients may experience temporarily increased hair shedding. New hair growth can be expected 3-4 months after beginning the treatment.
Low-level Laser Therapy works by photostimulation of the hair follicle by cold red laser light. It is available in the form of hats, combs or helmets. Usually, it is recommended three times weekly for about 30 minutes. An improvement in hair count is noticed over 6 months of regular use.
At Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics, we also offer the following hair restoration procedures:
If you have been feeling embarrassed or overwhelmed because of hair loss, speak with us to discuss your options regarding hair restoration today. If you are having a problem with hair loss call us at 561-642-0900 for a consultation for hair restoration at our in McLean, VA office.