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PRP Therapy: Is This Hair Loss Treatment Right for You?

thicker hair with PRP treatments

thicker hair with PRP treatments

Over the years, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy has become an in-demand addition to a plethora of beauty procedures. But did you know that this innovative treatment can also be used to improve thinning hair and hair loss?

PRP: From Physical Therapy to Hair

Platelet-rich plasma therapy was originally developed by physicians to help accelerate the healing process for athletes following acute sports injuries or after surgery. Over the years, the technique has expanded beyond just physical therapy and post-surgical recovery into the realm of cosmetic care. Many state-of-the-art plastic surgery or cosmetic specialty clinics use the healing properties of PRP therapy to help patients recover faster and with fewer complications. Some of the cosmetic treatments PRP has been paired with include more intensive forms of facial rejuvenation and laser cosmetic treatment.

The success of PRP Therapy can be boiled down to the serum used. As its name implies, PRP is made up of human platelets – the patients’ to be specific. Compared to normal blood cells, platelets help facilitate blood clotting and contain unique proteins that help with the body’s natural recovery process. During PRP Therapy, a blood sample is taken from the patients and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. This creates an injectable containing an ultra-high concentration of the healing platelets, which can then be injected into the treatment area.

How PRP Helps with Hair Loss

For people experiencing premature balding or hair loss, the journey to a fuller head of hair is quite the challenge. Even with all the innovations in technology available in cosmetic care, options that help stimulate hair regrowth have been limited. Often, individuals facing these challenges are given two options – topical or oral treatment, either as a cream or pill; or hair transplantation. While topical solutions or pills can help regrow a person’s natural hair, patients must be prepared to maintain treatment permanently. In contrast, while more invasive hair transplantation options like micro-grafting or punch grafting offer longer-lasting results, the placement process is lengthy and invasive. Where these procedures miss the mark, PRP therapy shines.

Like other applications of PRP treatment, therapy for hair loss involves taking a blood sample from the patient and refining it down to separate out the platelets. The final injection product has been developed is then administered across the treatment area at intervals of half an inch or so. Once the platelet serum has been injected, the growth factors begin to stimulate collagen production, a key component to hair growth. The result is healthy, natural hair that can last for years.

The advantages of PRP treatment are seemingly endless. For starters, as the entire procedure is minimally invasive and uses a person’s own platelets, almost any patient is eligible to use PRP therapy for hair loss. Best results usually occur when the person starts PRP injections early into their hair loss and on patients showing signs of androgenic alopecia – where the hair starts to thin at the top of the head. Ultimately, the treatment gives patients the chance to restore their appearance and self-confidence, without having to worry about visible hair plugs or continued treatments.

Learn more from our Madison, CT Specialist

Our practice is built on the promise of providing exceptional care to all our patients. Starting with your consultation, Dr. Donofrio and her team will help you identify the best cosmetic solution for your concern. To learn more about the advantages of using PRP Therapy for your hair loss, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with our specialist today.

Everything You Need to Know about Hyaluronic Acid

As cosmetic dermatology becomes more advanced, more procedures are shifting to the use of naturally-occurring substances and compounds. In recent years, hyaluronic acid has gained traction, thanks to its inclusion in many popular and effective skin rejuvenation treatments. If you’re in the process of weighing your non-surgical rejuvenation options, chances are you’ve heard of this substance. But how much do you know about this hyaluronic acid or its benefits?

Back to Basics: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, commonly abbreviated as HA or called hyaluronan, is a naturally produced substance present throughout the body, including the face, eyes, and joints. Due to its high concentration in areas that require substantial lubrication, HA has been used for a number of non-cosmetic purposes; patients with osteoarthritis may be prescribed hyaluronic acid for pain relief while HA has also been approved for use during eye surgeries like cataract removal to replace natural fluids.

HA’s success in lubricated skin is thanks to its chemical makeup. HA is unique in that it helps retain moisture. By some estimates, one gram of hyaluronic acid can retain up to 1000 mL of water. Based on the environment, the compound may adjust to account for humidity and environmental pollutants. When it comes to dermatology, these capabilities are especially valuable when trying to diminish the impact of aging.

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Improve Skin?

As our skin ages, it loses the ability to retain moisture.  Exposure to the sun, poor air quality or pollution, and other factors can also accelerate the aging process. Over time, constant exposure causes a noticeable loss of skin quality. As patients reach this stage, they find their skin looks less taut, is less pliable, and begins to lose its volume. Combined with slowing or stalled collagen production, individuals facing the consequences of aging can experience rapid premature aging where wrinkles seemingly set in overnight. For these individuals, retaining moisture isn’t enough – they also need an effective means of restoring the underlying collagen structure. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in.

Hyaluronic Acid in Cosmetic Treatments: Injectables

Hyaluronic acid tackles the problem of declining skin quality head-on by bringing much-needed hydration to the targeted area. When injected into skin via dermal filler or applied topically in a lotion, the compound helps reduce epidermis water loss in spite of aging or sun exposure.

Hyaluronic acid is popularly used for treating wrinkles and rejuvenating aging skin through dermal filler injections. Injectables like Juvéderm® and Restylane® rely on the compound’s unique ability to retain moisture to help add volume to areas where collagen production has stalled or stopped completely. Each of these cosmetic treatments uniquely leverages hyaluronic acid to address specific facial issues. For example, while Juvéderm® XC and Juvéderm® Vollure XC are used to target moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folders, Restylane® can be used to improve volume in delicate areas like the lips and under the eyes.

At Aria DermSpa, we recognize how unique our patients are. As a result, our Madison, CT dermatologist offers several popular hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler options to address the diverse concerns of our patients. During your consultation, Dr. Donofrio will evaluate your current skin quality and facial condition to determine which option is the right one to help you reach your cosmetic goals.

Explore Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers in Madison, CT

When it comes to choosing the right cosmetic treatment to enhance your appearance, choose one that offers proven success. Find your right solution by calling 203-421-6674 today and scheduling your consultation with our Madison cosmetic dermatologist.


A Good Hair Day Every Day: PRP Hair Restoration in Madison CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center

Whether it’s heredity or hormones, your hair loss isn’t your fault. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for thinning locks any longer. PRP Hair Restoration in Madison is a revolutionary, clinically tested treatment that can restore your hair follicles and stimulate natural hair growth.

PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, naturally occurs in your blood and contains essential proteins that restore vital function to your cells and tissues. When injected into your scalp, PRP can provide visible improvement in the fullness and thickness of your hair within the weeks and months following treatment.  For optimal hair growth, most patients require several treatments and maintenance visits.

Since no two heads of hair are alike, Aria DermSpa will carefully examine the cause of your hair loss and customize a treatment plan that meets your exact needs. Restore your confidence this winter with PRP Hair Restoration! To find out if you are a candidate, call 203.421.6674 to schedule a consultation at Aria DermSpa today.

The Time Has Come to Refresh Your Skin! Fraxel Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

Sun damage, brown spots, wrinkles, and fine lines on the skin are all common side effects of the aging process. These signs of aging can leave your face, neck, and décolletage looking less vibrant than in your younger years. With Fraxel® fractional laser skin resurfacing at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center, you can fight back against signs of aging and eliminate imperfections that are holding you back from being your most radiant!

The non-invasive Fraxel laser provides distinct results that you cannot achieve with skin care products alone. It is one of the only treatment options that can gently and effectively resurface your skin from the inside out, improving texture and tone by addressing the structural layer of the skin. The Fraxel laser stimulates production of collagen, the naturally occurring substance responsible for keeping your skin smooth, bright, and elastic. As you get older the production of collagen begins to diminish, leaving your skin wrinkled and allowing signs of aging to take their toll. Fraxel reverses this process, harnessing the natural healing power of your skin to provide you with a vibrant, youthful appearance.

There is minimal downtime associated with Fraxel fractional laser skin resurfacing in Madison, and results can be seen immediately following treatment with optimal results appearing after about a month. Reboot your skin! Call 203.421.6674 today to schedule your consultation today!

Celebrate with Us! One Year Anniversary of Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center in Madison, CT

It’s been a year already? Time really does fly when you’re having fun! We’ve had an amazing year here at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center, and none of it would be possible without you—our amazing patients. For this reason, we’d like to invite you to come celebrate our one-year anniversary with us!

The party will be held in our Madison office from 5-8 PM on Thursday, September 29th. It will be an opportunity for patients to receive event only specials, take part in live demonstrations, and welcome the newest addition to the Aria DermSpa medical team, Dr. Dana Ellis!

Dr. Lisa Donofrio and our entire staff are proud to help the entire shoreline community achieve their aesthetic goals, and will continue to provide the high-quality service and attentive care that you have come to expect.

Space is limited, so please call 203.421.6674 and reserve your spot today!

Refresh Your Youthful Glow: Micro-Needling in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center

It’s understood that as we get older our skin begins to sag, wrinkles and fine lines begin to form, and the glowing radiance of our youth begins to diminish. However, at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center we believe many people misunderstand exactly why this process occurs.

The substance responsible for keeping our skin bright and tight is known as collagen. As we get older, the production of collagen slows down, leaving our skin looking more wrinkled and worn out. This doesn’t have to be the end of the story. With skin rejuvenation treatments like Micro-Needling in Madison, CT, you can jump start your collagen production and refresh your skin.

Micro-Needling treatments stimulate collagen production by deeply exfoliating the outer layer of skin. The Micro-Needling applicator’s dozens of tiny needles create “micro-injuries” that stimulate the body’s natural healing process, producing collagen to repair the skin. Treatment is nearly painless, and our expert staff always goes the extra mile to ensure each patient is completely comfortable.

As quickly as a few weeks following treatment you’ll begin to see your beautiful, glowing skin. Micro-Needling in Madison is safe and effective for restoring a youthful appearance and a smooth complexion to the face, hands, neck, and décolletage.

Reactivate your collagen production! Call 203.421.6674 today for more details and to schedule your consultation at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center.

Restore Your Hair to Its Former Glory: PRP for Hair Loss in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center

No one wants to get older, and we especially don’t want to look older. Premature baldness or thinning hair can make us look more aged than we feel on the inside, and the factors that cause it are completely out of our control. Hair loss can occur due to heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medications. However, a solution exists at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center!

PRP for hair loss can restore a thick, full head of hair to Madison men and women who feel disheartened by balding or thinning hair and even those who just have naturally thinner hair. The treatment utilizes PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, to stimulate natural hair growth in the scalp over the course of a few months. PRP is a naturally occurring substance found within your own blood. It contains numerous essential proteins and growth factors that trigger the inactive follicles, leading to a stronger hairline and a younger-looking appearance.

Your results will typically appear after about one to two months, after the hair has had some time to grow back in, though a series of treatments may be necessary for maximum results. A more attractive head of hair is now attainable thanks to Aria DermSpa! Call 203.421.6674 and schedule your consultation today to learn more!

Preventative Treatments in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology & Aesthetics Center

You always wear your seatbelt in the car, you take vitamins daily, and you try to eat healthy and exercise. You spend your life taking preventative measures for your overall health, so why not do the same for the health of your skin?

Just like with the rest of your body, the better your skin is taken care of now, the healthier it will be down the road. This is why Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetics Center offers a multitude of treatments to keep your skin radiant and glowing for years to come! Receiving these safe and effective treatments in your mid to late twenties or early thirties could be critical for fighting wrinkles and preventing signs of aging as time goes on.

One of our most popular—and most effective—treatments is BOTOX®, the household name that has been helping both men and women reduce fine lines and wrinkles for over a decade. BOTOX® relaxes the nerve impulses that cause lines and wrinkles to form around the eyes and on the forehead. Utilizing BOTOX® early on can help delay the onset of wrinkles so you can continue to enjoy your smooth, wrinkle-free skin until much later in life!

Another of our innovative skin preserving measures in Madison is Clear + Brilliant™ laser treatment. This state-of-the-art laser deeply exfoliates the outer layer of skin, eliminating damaged cells and allowing new, flawless skin to emerge from beneath. Clear + Brilliant will even your skin tone and repair damaged skin for long lasting, radiant beauty!

Now is the time to begin taking steps toward your skin’s bright future! Call 203.421.6674 to schedule a consultation in Madison, CT today!

Cool Down This Summer! CoolSculpting in Madison, CT at Aria DermsSpa Receives Expanded FDA-Clearance

CoolSculpting®—the advanced non-surgical fat reduction treatment that permanently reduces stubborn fat without any incisions or scars—recently received FDA-clearance to eliminate fat on even more areas of the body. With CoolSculpting in New Haven County, Connecticut, patients can shed the fat that won’t burn away through diet and exercise alone for a slimmer silhouette this summer!

CoolSculpting has already been used to treat fat on the abdomen, waist, thighs, and under the chin, but is now FDA-cleared to reduce bra fat, back fat, and fat underneath the buttocks, known as the “banana roll.” With expanded FDA-clearance, even more patients can eliminate their struggles with fat loss and enjoy a trimmer figure they will love.

Mark Foley, CEO of the CoolSculpting developer Zeltiq®, noted that, “88% of U.S. customers feel excess fat is a concern.” With CoolSculpting treatments, patients in the New Haven area don’t need to be concerned for much longer. CoolSculpting works by freezing excess fat cells during a comfortable treatment process. In the days and months following, the fat is gradually removed from the body through the lymphatic system, leaving you looking great without having to recover from a surgical procedure.

Aria DermSpa CoolSculpting has no side effects and doesn’t harm the surrounding skin or tissue. After treatment, patients are encouraged to resume normal activities immediately while the process gets to work. In a few short weeks or months, patients can see between a 20%-40% reduction in unwanted fat.


For more information on CoolSculpting treatments in Madison, call 203.421.6674 to schedule your consultation today.

Determining Your Dermal: Dermal Fillers in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa

How do you know which dermal filler is right for you? It’s an important question many of our clients come to us with. Some fillers are better at treating fine lines and wrinkles than others, and others better target certain parts of the face like the mouth and skin surrounding the nose for restoring fullness. Whatever facial support you desire, we have an expert staff that you can trust to help you determine the best dermal filler option.
Our injection specialist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio has taken part in the clinical trials of BOTOX®®Dysport®Xeomin®®Belotero Balance®, and Restylane®® in order to provide the best, natural looking results for you. Some other great options include Juvéderm® XC® and Restylane® Lyft® that rejuvenate the face where desired. No matter what your needs may be we will take the time to determine the dermal filler that will best fit you.


Contact Aria DermSpa today at 203.421.6674 to schedule your dermal filler consultation!