PRP for Hair Loss: The Vampire Facial
The Vampire Facial is a term that was used by Kim Kardashian to describe the idea of using platelet rich plasma (PRP) to improve collagen production in the skin of the face for a more youthful appearance. It was a technique used to combat the manifestations of aging like wrinkling. The term Vampire Facial actually makes sense since the procedure relies on extracting platelet rich plasma from blood to give a young and youthful appearance.
While PRP treatment has been in practice for over 30 years, it’s now being used to treat hair loss too. The same concept of using plasma rich platelets extracted from the blood applies, but instead of injecting PRP into the face or collagen rich areas like ligaments, it will be injected into the scalp.
The Process of Using PRP as Hair Loss Treatment
First of all, blood will need to be drawn so that PRP can be extracted from it. You won’t be receiving someone else’s blood so the blood will have to be extracted from you, usually from your arm. It’s quite simple and you’ll only feel a slight prick as the needle pierces your skin. It’s the same as drawing blood for any other blood test you might have had in your life. You can apply ice to the site where the blood was drawn afterwards to decrease pain, but that probably won’t be necessary.
Once your blood is drawn, it’ll be put in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine that spins really fast in order to separate the different components of blood. Blood has many elements including red blood cells, white blood plasma, and plasma which contains the platelets. They’re all mixed together though, so a centrifuge will separate them so PRP can be extracted for use.
PRP is inserted in a syringe to be injected into your scalp at the level of hair follicles. PRP should encourage hair growth by stimulating your hair follicles and improving their health. While it may seem like injecting PRP into your scalp would take a long time, it actually takes less than 30 minutes most of the time.
After your session is over you should follow your doctor’s instructions on what to do for the following few days. Some doctors recommend that their patients take a hot shower to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, but you should still consult your own doctor about this first.
Number of Treatments
PRP therapy for hair loss isn’t a onetime thing. You will need a PRP session every 3-4 weeks so basically once a month for 4-6 months. After the first 6 months are over, you’ll need a session every 3-4 months. So, one session per month for 4-6 months, and one session every 3-4 months.
Consistency is very important so make sure you don’t skip any of your schedule appointments. You most likely won’t see results for the first few weeks. Results will only become noticeable after 2-3 months so you’ll need to have at least 3 sessions first.
Candidates for PRP
Almost everyone with hair loss qualifies as a candidate for PRP. Androgenic hair loss like male pattern baldness will particularly benefit from PRP therapy. For men, this involves hair loss at the top of the head while for women it usually involves hair loss at the back of the head. Some say that the effects of PRP in restoring hair loss are most prominent in those in the early stages of hair loss, but there’s no clear cut off. In fact, people in various stages have benefitted from the procedure.
PRP Side Effects
Rest assured that there’s no way you can get a disease transmitted through blood via PRP. This includes diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. You will be receiving your own blood so the risk of transmission from someone else is zero.
PRP isn’t free of side effects though. Your scalp might end up being infected if it wasn’t properly cleaned before the procedure or aseptic techniques weren’t followed. Other side effects include injury to nerves or blood vessels as well as the formation of scar tissue.
If you had a previous reaction to anesthesia you should inform your doctor. Anesthesia is involved when PRP is injected into your scalp and if you’re allergic to it then this could lead to a serious reaction.
Reasons You Might Not Receive PRP
PRP works for almost anyone with hair loss including men and women. It’s a simple procedure with very few risks and side effects. Unfortunately, certain diseases or medications might make your doctor recommend that you do not receive PRP.
Blood thinners, heavy smoking, and alcohol or drug abuse will likely interfere with your benefit from PRP and your doctor will recommend against PRP if your medical history involves these things. This will come down to your doctor’s assessment so make sure to tell the truth when answering his or her questions.
Some diseases that have an impact on your blood and plasma will make hair restoration with PRP almost impossible. In such cases, you might be rejected from PRP treatment altogether. These diseases include cancer, serious infections, chronic liver or kidney disease, hypofibrinogenemia, platelet dysfunction, low platelets, thyroid disease, and systemic diseases.
The price of PRP varies according to where you’ll be getting it, the equipment, and the experience of your physician. A single injection usually costs at least $400 so you can expect to pay about $2,000 for the first few months of PRP.
PRP is a great solution for those suffering from hair loss especially considering how it’s minimally invasive. Only blood is drawn from your arm and then injected into your scalp. It’s also a suitable option for both men and women suffering from baldness or hair thinning.
In order to immigrate to the United States and become a permanent resident, you’ll need to pass the immigration medical examination for USCIS. The United States government doesn’t just allow anyone to become a permanent resident and the process is often long and complicated. Even after completing all the necessary paperwork, you must be able to pass the immigration medical exam to be granted final entry into the country. If any part of your medical examination is shown to be potentially harmful to others, like having a dangerous communicable disease, then you might be “inadmissible” or in other words, not allowed entry as an immigrant.
There are four main things they look for in your medical exam. These decide whether or not you are inadmissible. The presence of one of them will likely be an obstacle in your immigration path. On the other hand, if you’re free of all 4 then you won’t have any medical issues restraining you from becoming a permanent resident in the United States.
The 4 things that could make you inadmissible are: having a communicable disease of public health significance, failure to show proof of the required vaccinations, drug abuse or addiction, and finally having a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior.
Basically, all of the aforementioned items are related to public safety. Whether you have a significant communicable disease, aren’t vaccinated, have a problem with drug abuse, or have a disorder that could harm others, the main concern here is that you present a threat to the safety of others. This threat isn’t intentional since you’re not planning to directly hurt anyone, but it’s a matter of safety rather than intentions.
Who Can Perform the Immigration Medical Examination for USCIS?
Not all doctors can perform the immigration medical exam. After all, the department of state needs the reports of doctors they can verify and trust. If you’re applying for a visa through a US embassy or consulate, they’ll be able to give you a list of doctors that are approved by the US Department of State. From that list you’ll be able to choose whichever doctor you’re more comfortable with, so you still have some wiggle room.
On the other hand, those with adjustment of status cases will need to be examined by a civil surgeon in the United States. Again, a directory of civil surgeons will be provided that you can choose from.
Things You Need to Take to Your Exam
The immigration medical exam for USCIS isn’t as simple as going to a regular doctor for having back pain. It’s an official process and you’ll need to go prepared with all the necessary paperwork. Here’s a list of the things you need to take with you:
- Valid passport or other photo identification issued by the government
- Your vaccination records
- The doctor’s fee which varies from one doctor to the other
- US passport photos (check with the embassy in order to find out how many you need)
- Form I-693 for those adjusting status
- List of medications if you’re being treated for a chronic medical condition
- Tuberculosis certificate from your doctor that you were successfully treated from TB if you previously had it
- Certificate of clearance if you had syphilis and were treated from it
- A certificate if you were treated or hospitalized for mental illness or alcohol/drug abuse containing your diagnosis, length of treatment, and prognosis
- Information to assist the doctor in determining whether any previous harmful behavior was due to a mental, medical, or drug abuse problem
- If anyone in your family is immigrating with learning disabilities, you’ll need to provide a report of their condition and any special education or supervision they’ll need
Vaccinations and immunization status is one of the priorities of the medical examination for immigration. It’s also one of the four things that can make a person inadmissible and block their entry into the United States. Not being immunized not only puts you at risk, but also those around you. In order to become a permanent resident in the United States, you’ll need to receive the following vaccinations:
- MMR: mumps, measles, rubella
- Pertussis for whopping cough
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Varicella for chicken pox
- Pneumococcal pneumonia
- Hepatitis A
If you already received all, or some, of these vaccines then you’ll need to take a certificate to the doctor during the exam to prove it. Any missing vaccines will be administered by the doctor during the medical exam.
The immigration physical exam is a thorough one and you can expect to be examined almost from head to toe. The doctor will take a look at your eyes, ears, nose, throat, extremities, heart, chest, abdomen, skin, genitalia, and lymph nodes. You will also be asked for a chest x-ray and a blood test. Children, however, are usually excused from the blood test and x-ray.
The doctor examining you will assess your intelligence, comprehension, thought, mood, behavior, affect, and judgment. As we mentioned earlier, mental disorders that are associated with harmful behavior could make you inadmissible.
Price of the Examination
The United States government doesn’t set a fixed fee for the immigration medical examination. The price varies from one doctor to the other but most usually have a fee between 100-400 dollars.
Once the medical exam is over, your doctor will fill in a form provided to him or her by USCIS with the results of the examination. In the event that your medical examination was performed outside the US, the doctor will send the completed form directly to the embassy. On the other hand, if the medical exam was inside the United States then you will be given the form along with form I-693 in a sealed envelope that you should submit to adjust your status.
Let our cosmetic laser acne scar treatment smooth away your superficial scars.
Having beautiful skin shouldn’t be difficult, and here at CareLife Style, we believe that everyone should have skin that is healthy and radiant. Of course, we also know that issues can arise that can take their toll on the appearance of your skin. If you are dealing with acne or if you have scars left over from severe acne, our Fairfax, VA, chief medical officer Dr. Syed Ashraf along with medical aestheticians Dr. Fatima Aziz and Glenda Thomas, DNP offer a simple laser acne scar treatment that can target and reduce these scars.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a noninvasive, restorative treatment, designed to reduce redness, fine lines & wrinkles, minimize large pores and acne scars; all while improving the skin's texture and tone. This innovative therapy reaches deep into the Dermis layer of the skin, promoting a glowing, healthy appearance.
How does it work?
As the laser targets the skin, it heats up the outer surface and works by making changes to the skin, which counteracts the overactive sebaceous glands by producing new skin cells and restructuring collagen, which also keeps skin tight and supple. It’s also great for targeting enlarged pores anywhere on the face, including the nose, foreheads, and cheeks. It also has the ability to smooth away lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s overall tone and texture.
What ages can it be used for?
Laser Genesis can be used for men and women in all age groups:
- Teens-20’s for Acne treatment
- 20’s-30’s to treat premature signs of aging, minimize large pores, and uneven texture
- 40’s, 50’s, 60’s + to lift skin, tighten the skin and restore its natural glow
How long is the downtime?
This “laser facial” has zero down time! In fact, the procedure is so effortless and relaxing that you can have the treatment during lunchtime and return to the office within an hour!
Does it hurt?
Laser Genesis is one of the more relaxing treatments we offer at CareLife Style. You will feel a slightly warm sensation during this noninvasive treatment. Some patients consider this treatment soothing and therapeutic.
How many treatments do I need?
Like facials, most patients see results with one treatment, but will need 3-6 treatments to achieve optimal results.
What other acne scar treatment options do you offer?
We also offer the Excel V laser, which is best used for reducing the appearance of acne scars. This laser is also designed to reduce rosacea, acne scars, redness, veins and other discolorations. This treatment is customized to fit your needs and the procedure often only takes about 30 minutes.
If acne scars make you feel embarrassed about the way you look then it’s time to turn to CareLife Style in Fairfax, VA, to find out if any of these laser treatments are right for you. Call us today at (703) 854-1298 to learn more.
If you are dealing with sun damage then you are no stranger to scars, wrinkles, dark spots and sunburn on your skin. This is where our Fairfax, VA, team of chief medical officer Dr. Syed Ashraf along with Dr. Fatima Aziz and Glenda Thomas, DNP can help you manage your symptoms and offer the best laser treatments possible.
Sun Damage, Wrinkles, and Sunscreen
We’re all exposed to the sun and its ultraviolet rays although not to the same extent. A trucker who spends 10 hours on the road each day will certainly suffer more than someone who works in an office. You’ll even see the difference on the face of a driver as the side facing the window will show more damage than the other.
Forms of Sun Damage
Ultraviolet rays damage DNA particularly in the skin. By doing this the skin starts to lose its integrity, elasticity, and its ability to resist damage.
Wrinkles, age spots, dry skin, spider veins, loose skin, and a ruddy complexion are just some of the things you might notice on someone who’s exposed to the sun for a large amount of time.
We’re mainly talking about chronic skin exposure here, but if you were to be exposed to lots of sunlight on a vacation for instance you would end up with the famous sunburn. Sunburns are often mild only producing some redness and tenderness. If you’re not careful though, it could be more severe with the formation of fluid filled blisters.
Actinic keratosis is another much feared complication of prolonged sun exposure. Actinic keratosis is a skin lesion that appears in the form of a scale (or a couple of them). These scales are usually reddish or brown and won’t go away on their own. You’ll have to visit a dermatologist to treat them by chemical removal or freezing.
We worry about actinic keratosis because about 10% of them end up changing into cancer particularly squamous cell carcinoma.
The most prominent risk factor for the development of skin cancer is excessive exposure to sunlight and the ultraviolet rays that come with it. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma can all develop but basal cell carcinoma is the most common. People with light skin have fewer melanin which makes them more likely to develop these cancers as opposed to people with darker skin who are protected by melanin.
Wrinkles form because of damage to collagen in your dermis. Sunlight and smoking are the two causes that speed up the development of wrinkles the most. The dermis is the part of your skin beneath the epidermis and it contains collagen which plays a big role in maintaining the integrity of skin. Ultraviolet rays damage the collagen resulting in a loss of that integrity.
If you want to protect yourself from sun induced wrinkles, you shouldn’t spend too much time in the sun especially around noon. Wear protective clothing even if it’s something light just to keep the sun from affecting your arms and legs. As for areas that can’t be covered by clothing you should rely on sunscreen and we’ll talk more about that in a few.
There are several available treatments to treat wrinkles that already exist:
- Fractional laser is a new and exciting method of treating wrinkles. The laser works by creating small invisible wounds in your skin. These wounds induce skin healing and the formation of new collagen. About 1-2 sessions will be needed at intervals of a few weeks.
- Laser Genesis (Lunch Time Facial) is another laser method of treating wrinkles and boosting collagen. By gently heating the upper dermis, laser genesis stimulates collagen growth. Over the course of your treatments, laser genesis can help restore your skin’s youthful glow and an appearance by smoothing out uneven texture caused by aging, sun damage, scars, and wrinkles. 3-6 sessions will be needed for maximum results.
- One of the most popular ones is the injection of botulinum toxin which paralyzes the muscles under the skin. One of the most popular places people inject botulinum is in the forehead where most people develop wrinkles as they age. This is of course done by a doctor and not self-administered. The effects last 6-9 months.
- Injecting filler into wrinkles can flatten them out and elevate the skin. This also lasts 6-9 months depending on how much filler was injected and where.
- Face lifting by plastic surgeons can be used in cases where the damage is somewhat extensive.
When you meet your doctors at Carelife Style, you’ll have a discussion on the best available treatment option for you.
Choosing Your Sunscreen
Sunscreen is your biggest ally when it comes to protection from sun damage. The American Cancer Society has a few recommendations to help you choose the best sunscreen.
First of all, look for products that are broad spectrum. There are two forms of UV (ultraviolet) light, UVA and UVB. The sun mostly emits UVB which are the main cause of sunburns and skin cancer. So any regular sunscreen will protect against UVB. Broad spectrum products will also protect against UVA. UVA might not be emitted by the sun in high amounts but it still has a role in skin cancer and skin aging. So look for broad-spectrum sunscreens for maximum protection.
SPF, sun protection factor, is another major determinant of a product’s quality and ability to resist sun damage. No sunscreen protects you completely but the higher the SPF, the more protection you get. Keep in mind though that once the numbers start to get high, the differences between them become fewer.
To simplify it, SPF 15 filters out around 93% of UVB rays and SPF 30 filters out about 97%. The difference between them is about 4%. On the other hand, SPF 50 and 100 filter out 98% and 99% of UVB rays respectively making the difference between them just 1%.
Try to purchase sunscreen that’s water resistant. This doesn’t mean it can’t be washed off, it just means that it can last for a specified period of time in the water before it loses its effect. Water resistance is useful if you’re going swimming or expect to sweat a lot. Products will specify how long the water resistant effect should last. It’s usually between 40 and 80 minutes. After that you’ll need to reapply.
Protecting your skin from the sun and its UVB rays is important not just for appearance, but also in the prevention of skin cancer. If you have light skin then you should be extra cautious too. With all the changes in our climate and the ozone, the threat of harmful rays from the sun is higher than ever so we need to take extra precautions to protect ourselves.
Call Carelife Style Medical Aesthetics today at (703) 854-1298 to schedule an appointment with us.
Modern dermatology is all about laser and light based treatments. When it comes to laser and light system, there’s no better than xeo. With xeo, your dermatologist will be able to handle and take care of any cosmetic issue that’s bothering you whether it’s hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, excess hair, or apparent veins.
xeo uses Nd:YAG, laser genesis, and other technologies to deliver lasers to your skin in order to address any problems. It does this in a very limited number of procedures and with minimal discomfort. This means you’ll be able to proceed with your life naturally.
The Laser Genesis procedure is a great one in order to even out and polish skin. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular procedures for the treatment and removal of acne scars. You should see significant results after just one 20-30 minute session with Laser Genesis. You won’t need any sort of anesthesia either as the procedure is completely harmless. You’ll just need to cover your eyes with goggles.
Pearl Fractional procedures require some anesthesia as opposed to Laser Genesis, but they have more applications. Apart from treating acne scars, Pearl Fractional works to eliminate large pores, wrinkles, and any skin irregularities too. The laser used by the technology stimulates damaged skin to heal itself by removing the top layer while leaving healthy skin unaffected.
By removing the top layer to clear imperfections and promote healthy healing of skin, Pearl Fractional leaves skin a little raw. So you can expect a 10-12 day downtime after the procedure. By the end of 30 days following the procedure you’ll start to notice significant improvement as your skin repairs itself properly.
Skin Revitalization Therapy
This actually uses a combination of technologies rather than a single one to yield greater results in a short period of time. xeo 2D Skin Revitalization Therapy combines Limelight and Laser Genesis technologies to remove scars, redness, and brown spots from skin.
xeo 3D Revitalization Therapy adds Titan to Limelight and Laser Genesis for the same purposes in addition to combating signs of aging such as wrinkles. Both procedures are associated with almost no downtime.
xeo comes with a variety of handpieces, each with a particular purpose and technology that gives it an edge for that purpose.
When it comes to hair removal, vascular lesions such as veins, pigmented lesions, and skin resurfacing, Nd:YAG is one of the best. By using a particular wavelength, Nd:YAG can be used for up to 15 different conditions and is great for all skin types. It’s also associated with no downtime.
LimeLight uses non-invasive light to adjust skin particularly when it comes to pigmentation. This handpiece is probably the most useful one to treat sun spots and pigmentation such as melasma. It’s also useful for vascular lesions such as small veins on the face or legs. Overall, as the name implies, LimeLight is the go to technology for all issues related to complexion.
ProWave LX is to hair removal what LimeLight is to complexion. Whether you need hair removed from your back or a tiny region of your face, ProWave LX can get it done with ease and comfort. It’s time to give up constant shaving and worrying about hair in undesirable areas. Live with comfort after one or a couple of sessions of ProWave LX.
AcuTip can be used for very small areas of abnormal pigmentation. It’s based on cryotherapy but avoids the disadvantages of most other crytherapy modalities. People often fear cryotherapy because it’s associated with some scarring and rarely hypopigmentation. AcuTip is a safe form of cryo and is a precise tool to eliminate small spider veins on the face without worrying about side effects.
Titan’s effects are unparalleled when it comes to combating aging. As opposed to cryotherapy, infrared can be used to heat skin in order to improve its quality. Titan is a prime example of a premium infrared light source. By heating the deeper skin layers, the device will tighten skin and stimulate formation and growth of collages which is responsible for giving skin its strength.
The main use of Titan is as an anti-aging tool to combat wrinkles. It’s often used on the face, neck, beneath the chin, and on the abdomen. Not to mention that it can be combined with LimeLight and Laser Genesis in a 3D Skin Revitalization Procedure.
Not all skin lesions are deep, some can be restricted to the superficial layer of the skin called the epidermis. Pearl Er:YSGG is a decent option for these superficial skin imperfections which can include age spots and wrinkles.
Your dermatologist will decide whether your cosmetic complaints are superficial and can be treated using this technology or if they’ll need something with more penetrating power.
Pearl Fractional Er:YSGG
We’ve already talked about this before as one of the prominent technologies in a xeo platform’s arsenal. Pearl Fractional laser is one of the top options for acne scars along with Laser Genesis. Some of its other uses include treating enlarged pores, wrinkles, and skin irregularities in general.
As we mentioned earlier, you’ll face up to 12 days of downtime as the procedure will leave the skin raw. If you’ve had a recent session and haven’t seen any improvement, just give it some time. You might only start noticing skin healing after a couple of weeks.
It’s clear that xeo systems have all the technology needed to deal with dermatological problems. Your problem could be acne scars, wrinkling, or hyperpigmentation, xeo has what it takes to deal with it all. Consult your doctor and he or she will be able to tell you what would suit your condition best. Discuss treatment options and plan how many sessions it’ll take.
At the end you’ll certainly be satisfied with your skin and the results. The bright side is that most of these technologies have no down time so your life won’t be affected at all.
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