Don’ t Miss Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Skin Medics™ Medical Spa special savings on TNS products & combination microdermabrasion & CosMedix® Benefit Peel treatments.
Don’t miss out on the Griffin Center’s summer savings program. Starting June 1st, 2011 through August 31st, 2011 the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research is offering a $500 credit towards a hair transplant procedure.
Once a month Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offers specials on cosmetic procedures such as Fraxel Laser treatments, Botox®, Dysport® and facial fillers. On Wednesday June 8th, join DAA for savings on facial injectables, cosmetic laser treatments, and skin care products. Offers below are only valid June 8, 2011.
Q.) What causes hair loss?
A.)Although genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, there are numerous other factors to consider such as medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, medications, excessive weight loss, chemotherapy, radiation, and traumatic injuries (including burns to the scalp) that can also cause hair loss.
Q.) How is the cause of my hair loss determined?
A.) As highlighted in our previous women’s hair loss series, a dermatologist can help you identify the cause of your hair loss. The single most important thing when determining hair loss is the doctor’s experience. First, he or she will start by asking a round of questions to better understand your condition. Then he/she can order or perform tests which may include hair pull test, hair shed/pull collection, scalp biopsy, and blood tests.
Q.) Isn’t male patterned baldness the same thing as female patterned baldness?
A.) Both male and female patterned baldness(androgenetic alopecia) are caused by a predisposition to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles due to an inherited gene. However, the pattern in female pattern baldness is different than that of male pattern baldness, meaning though the causes of these types of hair loss are similar, the rate and areas in which patients of opposite genders notice hair loss are still very different. More >>
Did you happen to hear the story about the man who regrew his finger (which he had accidentally chopped off) after sprinkling pixie dust on it? You may be confused as to why I, a dermatologist and hair restoration expert, am discussing “pixie dust” in my hair loss blog. The hope is that if this “pixie dust” can help regenerate soft tissues and skin cells, it should also (eventually) be able to regenerate hair growth.
Let’s take a walk back to high school science. Remember learning about animals that can regenerate body parts? Take lizards for example; if they lose a tail, their body with naturally repair the tendons and grow a new tail. Mammals (including humans) cannot do this. We do, however, regularly regenerate hair and skin cells, and the liver can regenerate itself to a point. Dr. Stephen Badylak of the University of Pittsburgh developed the pixie dust in an effort to help the bodies of wounded soldiers heal themselves and reduce the need for amputations. The “pixie dust” is derived from a pig’s bladder: concentrated with proteins and connective tissue. Scientists believe this mixture provides the right “matrix” or framework to stimulate regeneration. While this product is still very much in the testing phase, there are cases (like the aforementioned man’s finger) that show incredible promise.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Skin Medics™ Medical Spa is offering a facial rejuvenation special where you can purchase two treatments (choose between Vibradermabrasion, DiamondTome Microdermabrasion, or an antioxidant rich Benefit Peel) for $200. Don’t miss out! Offer is valid through May 31, 2011.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta welcomes our newest board certified dermatologist, Dr. Ashley R. Curtis to our staff! We are thrilled to have Dr. Curtis’ specialized knowledge of dermatology (i.e.- skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.) as well as female hair-loss to assist our Atlanta patients. Dr. Curtis’ unique medical perspective will further enhance DAA’s dermatologist and provider team currently consisting of Edmond I. Griffin M.D., D. Scott Karempelis, M.D., Stephen J. Kraus, M.D., Joseph R. Payne, M.D., Delmer L. Henderson, PA-C, Mara P. Grosswald, PA-C, Kathryn Filipek MPAS, PA-C, Jan Buckley, and Patti Shaw.
Dr. Curtis joins us from Winston-Salem, N.C. where she held the Chief Resident position at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. When not practicing, Dr. Curtis used her time in North Carolina to write and review articles for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and various publications for dermatology news. She also enjoyed volunteering time at Wake Forest to help with skin cancer screenings and care clinics. We look forward to reading more of Dr. Curtis’ articles and witnessing her exemplary patient care.
Dr. Curtis will begin accepting appointments in April and see patients, beginning June 1st. If you would like to know more about Dr. Ashley Curtis, we invite you to post your questions on DAA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We’re dedicated to fulfilling your skin care needs- head to toe, and would love to hear from you!