Hair Loss Solutions
Trust Your Hair to the Specialist
Hair transplantation is a unique procedure requiring precision, attention to detail, and an understanding of your goals. Dr. Zack Charkawi at Johns Creek Dermatology, specializes in hair loss treatments including hair transplant repair, hairline lowering, male pattern baldness, and women’s hair replacement.
If you have hair loss, you’re not alone. Over 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. are experiencing hair loss.
People don’t normally associate women with baldness, but it’s just as common in women as it is in men, though the timing and pattern of hair loss is different. Men start losing their hair in during their 20’s and 30’s, while thinning hair starts later in women between their 40’s and 50’s.
Why Should You Consider A Hair Transplant?
Thinning hair, or balding. It’s a problem men and women have been facing for centuries. You can either accept it as a way of life, and accept the way you look and feel, or you can decide to do something about it.
Advances in hair transplantation have come a long way in the last 10 to 15 years. Physicians are now able to create a healthy, natural appearing improvement on virtually any patient’s thinning head.
What is keeping you from proceeding with hair transplantation? Contact Dr. Charkawi today to schedule a free consultation. He will be glad to discuss with you your specific concerns. If you’re annoyed with feelings generated by your hair loss, hair transplantation is a “no-brainer”.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
This has proven to be the preferred method for hair transplant patients. This method involves direct extraction of the follicular unit from the scalp using a specialized punch of hair usually less than 1mm in diameter – making incisions smaller and, as they heal, virtually undetectable.
Dr. Zack Charkawi understands that when making a choice about your hair transplant, being well informed about your treatment options, and selecting the best, most qualified specialist is essential. He will discuss with you all of the options you have to achieve your goals.
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss
Dr. Charkawi at Johns Creek Family Medicine can help men and women who are experiencing hair loss or thinning with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), therapy. PRP is an exciting new non-surgical, therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. It is normal for us to shed about 50 to 100 hairs a day; since we have about a million strands of hair on the scalp, this amount of hair loss does not matter and does not cause noticeable thinning of the hair. Also, gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, you may eventual balding may occur if the rate of shedding is more than the rate of regrowth, or when the new hair is thinner than the hair that is shed.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can help men and women who are experiencing hair loss at the crown, cap or part line, or overall thinning. PRP therapy is an exciting non-surgical option for patients who require stimulation of their hair follicle growth for hair-loss conditions.
How is PRP Therapy Used for Hair Restoration?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), is a procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to assist in stimulating hair follicles so that they begin to grow and thicken. PRP is natural and contains no animal or foreign components, so the body readily accepts it. The nutrient-rich concentrated platelet serum is introduced just under the skin of the scalp, where it discharges a protein which prompts new follicle cells to grow and spread throughout the treatment area. Dr. Charkawi also includes PRP therapy as part of his hair transplant surgical procedure. The platelet rich plasma helps the newly transplanted follicles thrive and grow.
Are You a Candidate for PRP Hair Restoration?
Almost everyone is a candidate for PRP therapy; however, people who have a history of heavy smoking, drug, or alcohol use should not seek PRP therapy. Individuals who suffer from any of the following conditions are also advised not to undergo PRP therapy.
- Platelet dysfunction syndromes
- Hemodynamic instability
- Acute and chronic Infections
- Chronic liver disease
- Anti-coagulation therapy
- Chronic skin diseases or cancer
- Metabolic and systemic disorders
About the procedure
PRP is an all-natural medical procedure that is performed in Dr. Charkawi’s office. To begin the procedure, blood is drawn from a patient’s body and specially prepared by spinning down the blood cells to a high concentration. The blood is spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed from the rest of the blood. The centrifuge is a closed sterile system where platelets are concentrated to 3X the normal blood values. The system eliminates granulocytes which hurts tissue regeneration and wound healing. Once the PRP is ready, an anesthesia block is given to nerves of the scalp so the patient does not feel any pain. The highly concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed and the patient may drive home without any assistance. No sedation or any medication is given during the procedure to inhibit the ability to drive or use machinery. Patients generally have to receive PRP therapy multiple times before they can see any results. However, some patients may only have to receive PRP therapy once a year.
Aftercare and recovery
Recovery after PRP treatment is relatively easy. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort following the injections which may last for up to one week. This is an expected and healthy healing response time. Most patients are able to continue with normal activities or work shortly after the injection. Pain medication is not required, so you will only experience mild swelling and bruising for a day or two. Because doctors follow a special protocol when working with blood products, the risk of infection is slight. Patients are advised not to take any anti-inflammatory medication since it may interfere in the natural healing process of PRP.
If you are looking for an effective solution for hair loss, contact Zack Charkawi at Johns Creek Family Medicine. Whether you are a man or woman, hair loss can be devastating. There is help available. Call us today to make an appointment for a consultation.
All hair transplant procedures are performed in the office at Johns Creek Dermatology. The procedure is not painful, and results are amazing. The office is conveniently located in the North Atlanta Metro area and easily accessible to those living in Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth and Johns Creek.