medical condition:

hair loss

What is hair loss?

There are several different types of hair loss, broadly categorized as either scarring or nonscarring. When assessing hair loss, it is important to determine the type and pattern as this will guide the course of treatment and maximize results.  Non-scarring alopecia involves an active phase of hair loss, without permanent injury to follicular stem cells, and is thus potentially reversible.  Scarring alopecia implies damage to the hair follicles from chronic inflammation, where they have become replaced by thick connective tissue.  The progression from early inflammation to long-standing chronic scarring alopecia can be gradual and without a clear distinction, highlighting the importance of early detection and evaluation of hair loss to begin treatment before permanent damage to the hair follicles occurs. 


Hair Loss Treatment in fort lauderdale

Androgenetic alopecia, known as either male or female pattern hair loss, is multifactorial, and results from the influence of both hormonal and genetic factors.  The genetic input can come from either parent, both parents or even without any strong family history of the condition. An increased expression of androgens, hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), leads to changes in hair follicles and hair shafts. In men, high levels of DHT, as well as recently discovered enzymes involved in androgen metabolism, are found within the hair follicles of the scalp, beard, and chest. 

In women, patterns of androgenetic hair loss often occur during or after puberty, in the perimenopausal period, or during menopause, when there are fluctuations of the androgen metabolism, widespread hormonal changes, and an underlying genetic predisposition.  It is important to differentiate between an abnormal overproduction of androgens due to an underlying medical condition versus a normal genetic predisposition to the effect of increased circulating androgens within the scalp

Male pattern hair loss is typically symmetric and progressive, but the specific pattern of areas involved can vary among individuals.  Hair thinning can occur on the front or sides of the hairline, as well as on the vertex (top) of the scalp.  Female pattern hair loss most commonly involves the crown of the scalp leading to a thinner, sparse part, with or without the front hairline being affected.  


Our Keralase device for scalp revitalization and improved hair quality uses an optimized, intelligent non-ablative fractional laser to promote the rebuilding of healthy scalp skin through a series of gentle yet effective laser treatments.  This advanced technology combines laser treatments with a unique and proprietary formulation of a peptide complex precisely created for hair growth.  This one-of-a-kind topical serum is a blend of bio-identical growth factors and skin proteins essential for scalp and hair health.  By preconditioning the scalp with fractional laser energy, the skin can optimally absorb topical peptides.  This painless, in-office therapy is a superior alternative to PRP injections, as it requires no blood drawing, no needles, no discomfort, and the application of a formulation that has been extensively studied and developed inside a nanoliposome carrier to provide the highest concentration of growth factors on the market with the highest absorption rate. 

Revitalize with Keralase Hair Treatment at Ayana Dermatology & Aesthetics for nourished, healthy, and vibrant hair.

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My experience at Ayana has been nothing short of amazing! I came to Dr. Levi for hair loss, and she took the time to really listen to me and discussed all treatment options with me in detail. Not only do I feel cared for by everyone at the office, but I have also seen significant improvement in my hair growth using Dr. Levi's medical advice and treatment approach. Go to Ayana if you want results and the best care in South FL!
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I am from Miami Beach and now live in Orlando. I am frequently in Fort Lauderdale because that is where my kids live. I have been to many dermatologists over the years. Dr. Levi is by far the best dermatologist I have ever seen. Her attention to detail is incredible. She is highly intelligent and is great at communicating what is going on. I can't put into words how great of a doctor she is. highly recommend her!
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Frequently asked questions

  • All hair follicles cycle through three phases: growing phase (anagen), dying phase (catagen) and shedding phase (telogen).  It is typical for as many as 100-150 scalp hairs to shed per day, as up to 10% of scalp hairs are in the telogen phase at any given time.  When an abnormally large number of hairs enter into the telogen phase simultaneously, this type of hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium.  A myriad of stressors are capable of shifting this hair follicle biological clock – these include metabolic alterations such as pregnancy and childbirth, nutritional deficiencies or crash dieting, emotionally traumatic events such as a death or breakup, or physical stress caused by surgery, car accidents, severe illness or injury. 

    The shedding occurs approximately 3 months after a definable precipitating event, and the time course for how long shedding persists can individually vary and last as long as 6 months. Telogen effluvium may also be due to certain medications, or rarely, have no discernible cause and persist for many years.  

    Diagnosis of telogen effluvium involves a thorough history of previous events, medications and supplements, as well as a clinical examination demonstrating thinning scalp hair, an in-office hair pull test, and follicle evaluation.  Complete resolution of shedding with eventual hair regrowth is expected, and recovery can occur anywhere from several months to years after the process begins. Many treatments are available to expedite this recovery process and stimulate increased hair growth at a faster rate than what would occur without any intervention.

  • Alopecia areata is a non-scarring patterned alopecia which presents as circular areas of hair loss.  There may be only one to few circular or oval patches affected or the entire scalp or body. Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in developing this condition, which is thought to be an autoimmune disease involving inflammatory T cells surrounding the hair follicles.  The peripheral rim of a patch of alopecia areata contains the most actively inflamed hair follicles, and is thus the target zone for treatment with injections.
  • By the end of the treatment course, one can expect significant improvement of hair regrowth and fullness.

  • Before beginning KeraLase™ treatments, patients are often frustrated with progressive hair loss and overall visible thinning of scalp hair.  After completion of KeraLase treatments, hair will grow faster and appear thicker and fuller.  Without any additional hairloss treatments, results can be maintained for up to 9 months, with some patients maintaining thickness and fullness for even longer. 
  • Patients should wash their hair the night prior to treatment with shampoo only, avoiding conditioner. The day of the procedure, hair should be completely clean, dry and free of all styling products. 

  • Immediately following the treatment, hair may be wet or damp for up to 20 minutes as the serum dries.  It is important to allow the product to fully absorb into the scalp, and avoid wearing hats or scarves which may rub the serum off.  However, hair can be tied back during this time if desired.  There is no recovery process after the procedure.  Aftercare involves only avoidance of direct sunlight to the scalp, and not washing the hair for 24 hours after treatment.  There is absolutely no post treatment discomfort or downtime. 

  • There are few minimal risks and side effects from the treatment.  The treated area is typically temporarily pink or red, but resolves within 24 hours. Some roughness or light flaking may occur in the days following treatment. Since the procedure does involve use of a fractional laser, sun avoidance after treatment is important to prevent any scalp sun burning or discoloration. 

  • Hair regrowth can alternatively be achieved with a diligent daily regimen of prescription topical and/or oral medications to encourage growth.  However, these medications all have potential side effects and require consistent compliance of regular, uninterrupted use in order to maintain their effects.  Hair loss and hair thinning may also represent an underlying condition, so it is important to consult with a dermatologist to first evaluate for any medical cause requiring treatment. 

Absolutely. Making hair grow often requires a fight against genetics, which isn’t easy. KeraLase™ Treatment for hair loss can be effectively combined with customized prescription serums, nutritional supplements and scalp stimulating peptide shampoos to achieve maximum results.

  • No. The laser treatment feels like a warm, tingling sensation on the scalp, followed by a gentle, relaxing massage as the KeraFactor® serum is applied.
  • A total of 6 treatments, spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Results will typically be seen anytime after the third treatment. Maintenance in office treatments every 3-6 months is encouraged.