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Dr. Phillip Chang

Dr. Phillip Chang

Board Certified By The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Voted Top Plastic Surgeon in Loudoun, Virginia
Offices in Leesburg, Virginia.

Best of Loudoun 2019
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There is no doubt that hair loss for men and women can be devastating to one’s self-esteem and self-image. Hair loss (alopecia) affects 25% of men in their 20’s and rises to 66% after the age of 60. Women are not immune to hair loss either, even though it does not receive as much publicity.

Women Are Not Immune to Hair Loss

There is no doubt that hair loss for men and women can be devastating to one’s self-esteem and self-image. Hair loss (alopecia) affects 25% of men in their 20’s and rises to 66% after the age of 60. Women are not immune to hair loss either, even though it does not receive as much publicity. One in four women experience thinning hair, and it typically begins at menopause. According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, hair loss has troubled humans for centuries. Ebers Papyrus, written in 1500 B.C. and one of the oldest medical documents in ancient Egypt, even mentions a prescription for restoring hair. Modern transplant techniques date back to Japan in the 1930s. Men and women have tried all kinds of creative non-medical methods to mask their hair loss: hairpieces and shampoos, shoe polish and spray-on-hair, comb-overs and hats. But, these methods won’t solve the problem of hair loss – they only mask it.

Permanent Hair Loss Solutions

Despite the advent of some medical treatments that offer limited results, such as Rogaine and Propecia, more and more patients are turning to more permanent solutions such as hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is now considered to be the most effective option for restoring hair. Gone are the days of hair plugs that left patients with a scalp that looked like the head on a child’s doll. Hair transplantation procedures have recently been revolutionized by the introduction of the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure, where a surgical microscope separates each hair follicle. By separating each follicle, the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure creates a completely natural result.

Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation is based on the following principles: If hair follicles have an abnormal sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) after it’s converted from testosterone, hair loss will ensue. If it appears that hair follicles in the back of the scalp and the side of the head are immune to the effects of DHT, about 2,000 units can be moved in a session from the back of the scalp to the areas that show hair loss. Because it moves your own hair, follicle by follicle, from one area of your scalp to another, hair transplantation can look completely natural.

Skills Are Just as Important as the Method

A method may be cutting-edge, but that doesn’t mean everybody will be well versed in performing it. In all hair restoration procedures, the skill of the surgeon must be on par with the surgical method. Hair transplantation is an art form and a science and an experienced surgeon will anticipate and prevent problems before they arise. A skilled doctor will also take the time to discuss how the procedure works, find out the desired results for each individual patient, and explain what each patient can expect as the outcome from their procedure.

Take the Next Step

If you are considering the Follicular Unit Micro-Hair Transplantation procedure, start off by finding a board-certified physician with experience in performing hair transplantation with the follicular unit surgical microscope. Check out the surgeon’s before and after photos and make sure that both the before and the after photos are taken in the same lighting and from the same angle. Schedule a consultation and ask to see testimonials. Gather all the information you can and take the next step to feeling more confident and comfortable with your appearance.


Most frequent questions and answers

Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. affecting nearly 50 million Americans at any time. Acne is caused when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can often be persistent and unsightly.

The Acne Clear BBL is a cutting-edge acne treatment that uses the power of light to comfortably and effectively clear acne without expensive creams or toxic medicines…

Brown sun and age spots are some of the first signs of aging and sun damage.

Treatment options include

  1. Creams such as hydroquinone and retin A.  Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent while Retin A increases cellular turnover.  Over-the-counter creams will generally not have high enough concentrations to be effective.
  2. Forever Young BBL – Cutting edge technology providing the most powerful and effective IPL option.

The Forever Young BBL uses Broad Band Light to alter skin melanin and rejuvenate cellular DNA.  Instead of spending time and money on ineffective skin care products many of our patients have turned to the Forever Young BBL to make their skin more vibrant and youthful; reducing brown and red pigmentation problems, promoting collagen, and rejuvenating cellular DNA. It is the most popular laser treatment in our clinic.

What to expect from the Forever Young BBL:

  • Treatments take 20-30 minutes
  • Up to 80% improvement after a single treatment.
  • Most patients will benefit from adding a Micro Laser Peel and a Profractional Laser Peel ( Triple Laser Package )
  • Fine facial lines and wrinkles are a result of UV sun damage, the breakdown of collagen, and a decrease in skin hydration. The Micro Laser Peel and the Profractional Laser are ablative lasers designed to reverse these changes.

    • The Micro Laser Peel precisely ablates the surface skin in order to remove UV damaged skin
    • The Profractional Laser ablates deep columns of skin that can reach to the deep dermis. This allows for skin contraction but it also encourages new cell grown and organizes new collagen

    Results depend on the depth of treatment. Recovery from a maintenance treatment can be as little as a day; but recovery from aggressive treatments can be as much as 7 days. Many patients will benefit from the addition of the Forever Young BBL ( Triple Laser Package ).

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