Hair Loss Treatment Before and After at Studio R Aesthetics in Charlottesville Virginia

Hair Restoration

Hair loss is progressive and chronic affecting at least 50% of women by age 50 and 40% of men by age 35, which progresses to up to 70% of people in later life. Because hair is an important part of our appearance, hair loss can cause significant psychological impact resulting in symptoms of depression and diminished quality of life, especially in women.  There are a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to hair loss including hormonal fluctuations, genetics, diet, oxidative damage and aging, and environmental aggressors such as ultraviolet light and pollutants. 

The good news is that there are a number of treatments that have been shown through clinical trials to significantly improve hair growth in men and women through a multi-targeted approach that addresses inflammation, stress, and oxidative damage. Studio R Aesthetics is proud to partner with Nutrafol to provide the best bio-optimized nutraceuticals available for hair restoration coupled with the healing power of your own body using growth factors that stimulate hair follicles and hair regrowth. 

What causes thinning hair and hair loss?

Research now shows that hair loss is multi-factorial and the various hair loss disorders share many of the same causative factors:


  • Hormones: Dihydroxytestosterone is an androgen that is produced from testosterone in the scalp and can cause the hair follicle to shrink and eventually close entirely
  • Stress: Stress can cause hair follcies to shift from growth state to rest state, disrupt hormone and nutrient absorption, and impact the hair follicle on multiple levels
  • Lifestyle: Products we use and foods we eat can influence hair follicles by introducing toxin into your body and depleting antioxidant stores
  • Metabolism: Our metabolism provides the energy needed for hair growth and factors like aging, inflammation, and hormone imbalances can lead to poor metabolism, which negatively impacts hair cells
  • Nutrition: Key nutrients from the diet, including keratin, help build hair filbers, tecture and support hair follicle health. Without proper nutritient absorption, hair follicles don't get the nourishment they need
  • Aging: The scalp loses collagen and elastin as we age and this breakdown eliminates key components of the scalp that protect, hydrate, and replenish nutrients needed for hair growth - causing hair to become shorter, weaker, and less pigmented

How do I know if I am losing too much hair?

Hair loss can appear in many different ways:

  • Gradual thinning on the top of the head: this is the most common pattern of hair loss and typically affects people as they age. Hair recedes at the hairline on the forehead in men and women typically have a broadening of the part in their hair, although a receding hairline is becoming more common in women.
  • Sudden loosening of hair: a traumatic event that causes physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when washing or combing hair. This type of hair loss is temporary. 
  • Full body hair loss: some conditions and medical treatments (e.g. chemotherapy) can cause hair loss all over the body and scalp and usually grows back.
  • Circular or patchy bald spots: Some people lose hair in a circular pattern or have patchy bald spots on the scalp, beard or eyebrows. The skin may become itchy or painful during this process. 

The Tug or Hair Pull Test can measure the severity of hair loss. A provider will grasp approximately 40 strands of hair between their thumb, index, and middle fingers as close to the scalp as possible. They will then tug using a small amount of force. If six or more strands fall out, you have active hair loss.

What is actually happening during the process of hair thinning and loss?

Chronic inflammation at the level of the hair follicle appears to be the common end point of all types of hair loss.

Within the local hair follicle environment, multiple cytokines, growth factors and transcription factors signal the follicle to go into anagen phase (growth phase) and play a role in regeneration and renewal. When there is inflammation, overproduced cytokines and transcription factors induce premature catagen phase (regression or cell death), produce reactive oxygen species that propagate inflammation, cause apoptosis (cell death), and result in perifollicular fibrosis (scarring) and miniaturization. 

External factors such as ultraviolet light, pollutants, toxins, stress, aging, and smoking also promote inflammation and oxidative stress, contributing to hair loss. 

Sustained and chronic stress increases cortisol levels, which leads to perifollicular inflammation and disruption of normal follicle function. 

Increased DHT activity at the hair follicle induces the overproduction of factors that signal catagen and regression, block transition to anagen, and induce oxidative stress that results in inflammation, perifollicular fibrosis, and miniaturization.

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Can supplements treat hair loss?

Based on the multi-factorial causes of hair loss, Nutrafol has created a novel nutraceutical supplement that strengthens and promotes the growth of hairs in men and women with thinning hair. The primary ingredients are:

Saw Palmetto lowers follicle-shrinking DHT hormone to promote hair growth without compromising sexual function, which can happen with the FDA-approved medication finasteride

Sensoril Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps balance stress hormones ion the body to support a healthy hair growth cycle

Tocotrienol Complex is a concentrated form of Vitamin E, a super antioxidant that fights against environmental stress to improve hair density

Curcumin is a superior antioxidant that addresses multiple root causes of hair thinning and is substantially more potent than turmeric alone

Piperin is a natural bioenhancer that increases the bioavailability of curcumin through better digestion and absorption

Marine Collagen Peptides provide the building blocks of strong hair fibers, while delivering hydration to the scalp

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Can growth factor injections treat hair loss?

A review of clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of growth factor injections for hair restoration found that the majority of studies included in the review demonstrated effectiveness in promoting successful hair regrowth after 3-4 monthly sessions performed on a monthly basis. These studies demonstrated significant increases in hair count (density) and shaft caliber, as well as an increased number of hair follicles in telogen. Patient satisfaction was typically very high and 60-70% of patients continued to undergo quarterly maintenance treatments with growth factor injections.

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Are growth factor injections painful?

At Studio R Aesthetics, we ensure that our patients have access to treatments without fear of intolerable discomfort. We can use a Chiller device to blow cold air at -30 degrees on the treatment area, which desensitizes the nerve endings and reduces pain. We can also administer Pronox, which is a self-delivery nitrous oxide system that increases physical and emotional comfort for our patients. 

Are there any side effects after treatment with growth factor injections?

Growth factor injections are generally considered safe when performed by a trained physician. Because growth factors are drawn from your own blood, there is no chance of having any kind of reaction. Growth factor injections may not be appropriate for patients with bleeding disorders, autoimmune disease, active injection, or currently taking anticoagulant medication. There is a very small risk of infection. 


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Growth Factor Injections

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Below is a patient who underwent 3 injections of growth factor in the scalp with the pretreatment image on the top left and after the third treatment on the bottom right. 

Hair restoration PRF

Below is a female patient who underwent two growth factor injections for hair growth with the pretreatment image on the left and posttreatment image on the right.

Scalp PRP 2


Chris Parsnow
February 27, 2024

I met with Dr Itri to discuss the BBL skin treatment. I love the fact that he and his wife have tried every service they offer and can clearly explain the benefits and set real expectations. You can tell they truly care about their customers!

Anastasiya Kalyuk
February 26, 2024

I had anxiety about getting the prp service. Instead of trying to pressure me into it, the doctor took the time to explain the process to me and understood my need to take a little more time to consider going forward. I would recommend this place to anyone based on their professionalism, patience, and ability to explain complex concepts about specific concerns to clients. Will be coming back for more services! (including prp once I get over my anxiety about it). Thank you!

Catherine Turner
February 26, 2024

I have very sensitive skin, so I reached out to Studio R with a few questions before booking an appointment. They responded quickly and thoroughly and advised on which services would be best for my skin type. During my sugaring appointment, Michelle was very kind, patient, and friendly. She also gave me tips for how to care for my skin after the service, offering recommendations at a variety of price points. I appreciated her skill and attitude, and I will be booking again in the future!

Ashleigh Chambers
February 24, 2024

Went here for sugaring and would definitely recommend it. Professional, relaxing, and overall great service. She was friendly and made the whole experience pleasant!

Gabrielle Miller
February 20, 2024

I just moved to the area and came to this place based off of the recommendation of a friend and boy was she right. I have been here a few times and will definitely be coming back. Toxin service was great and doctors are very friendly. I’ve also had a facial and I have to say it was the best facial I’ve ever had.

Erin Diehl
February 6, 2024

Great service!! Great place!

Terrie Wood
February 3, 2024

Recently saw Michelle to do a brow lamination. She is very attentive and seeks to give you what you want. Really enjoying my brows. Lamination makes me look like I have some brows!!!

Joanna Lehtinen
January 29, 2024

I was new to Charlottesville and Dr. Morris was so friendly and welcoming. I'd highly recommend Studio R for sugaring and other treatments!

Allison Kirkner
January 22, 2024

Great staff, very responsive and an excellent experience!

Vickie Hammer
January 18, 2024

I had a wonderful experience with Dr.Brandy ! Her knowledge is amazing . Her office is beautiful and very relaxing . I’m definitely looking forward to my next visit . Thank you Dr. Brandy !!

Leah Sampson
January 18, 2024

No one else is allowed to touch my face or brows besides Michelle !!! I trust her I love her and she’s the best 💕

Taylor Barrett
January 10, 2024

This practice has it all! Clean office, convenient location with parking, kind and helpful ladies working the front desk, and a knowledgeable/professional/caring MD (I saw Dr. Itri). Thank you all!

Lisa Barnes Rogers
January 9, 2024

Studio R Aesthetics in Charlottesville totally exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend giving them a call and exploring what services they have to offer!!

Kristina Canning
January 2, 2024

The office is clean and everyone is very friendly! Michelle did my sugaring and was great!

Shendy Smith
December 29, 2023

Friendly, professional, skilled staff. Beautiful facility.

Anaïs Adams
December 18, 2023

Michelle was wonderful! She made me feel extremely comfortable throughout the entire waxing process.

Kamden Pleasants
December 9, 2023

I’ve been seeing Michelle at Studio R for about 6 months now. I came to the medical spa extremely insecure about my adult cystic/hormonal acne and felt extremely defeated and misguided by other routes I had taken. With Michelles help, I started a skin care regimen that finally works, I’m getting the best facials I’ve ever had, and I was even given the opportunity to get a BBL treatment to fight residual scarring and underlying acne. Michelle’s work has truly helped boost my confidence, and my skin looks and feel the best it ever has! She is so dedicated in what she does, and her hard work never goes unnoticed. Michelle and her team at Studio R are so comforting and I truly couldn’t imagine this skincare journey without them. They’re all extremely caring and are willing to go above and beyond for each one of their patients. I am so lucky to be one of those patients.

Jared Hardy
December 3, 2023

I asked questions and learned everything I was hoping to from the answers. Not only a highly professional and aesthetic experience, but also informative and supportive. Everyone went out of their way to ensure I received care, recommendations, and services curated to my needs. Thanks!

Jessika McBeth
December 3, 2023

The staff is great, especially Michelle my aesthetician she gives the best sugaring around

Christina Shifflett
November 24, 2023

I recently received my first platinum hydrafacial done by Michelle and it was absolutely phenomenal! She took her time and really focused on making it an incredible experience, one of the most relaxing things I have ever done! Not to mention my skin looks and feels amazing!! I will be recommending this to everyone I know and I will absolutely be back for more!

Jordan Stang
November 11, 2023

Today was my first Hydrafacial done by Michelle! Studio R Aesthetics exceeded my expectations. The staff was extremely nice, the office was adorable and I was very comfortable. My facial was very relaxing. Michelle was terrific, Answered all of my questions and my skin felt amazing afterward. I already can’t wait for my next experience at Studio R Aesthetics. I can not recommend them enough.

Latasha Breckenridge
October 24, 2023

I had a brow wax and tint. Not only did my brows look AMAZING but I never had someone rub the area around my brows! It was the most calming and relaxing experience! 10/10 recommend!

Leysa Sallie-Hall
October 21, 2023

I had a awesome experience last week with Studio R Aesthetics, first thing was just how amazing the inside of the building was, it was gorgeous and full of light, so comfortable. I was shocked when I found out about all of the services that they provide, so many! Very impressive! I was also impressed by my doctor- Dr.Segura was a delight and very professional but down-to-earth , I felt very comfortable telling her my issue's she made me feel like I was being heard when I was speaking of my problem with my hair thinning, and falling out drastically, I got a bit emotional talking about my hair and she just made me feel like she really understood what I was going through, it was an amazing experience and I definitely will be going back for a long,long time. Thank you Dr. Segura for your kindness and your compassion for me, you are very special.

Christina Kim
October 19, 2023

Brandy was great and knowledgeable!!

Trevor and Taylor H
October 16, 2023

Had a great experience with Dr. Segura! She is very knowledgeable and reassuring. All of the staff were friendly and professional.

Skylar Coates
October 14, 2023

Amazing practice! Both doctors and staff are very knowledgeable and skilled at what they do! I look forward to every appointment!

Katie Dockter
October 13, 2023

Michelle did a wonderful job! Thank you Studio R!

Sylvia Trueman
October 10, 2023

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Segura for a year now, and I’ve had several procedures done by Brandi. Her calm and caring demeanor always brings me great comfort when she can sense my insecurities and difficulty in talking about the things I would like to improve or change. To her, I am the most important person in the world while I’m in her care, she goes into great detail of all procedures, and what they entail. She is very patient, kind and has my best interest in mind at every consultation. She is truly an artist and has given my beauty, and confidence back both inside and out. ❤️ Can’t wait for my next treatment!

Lawrence Conell
October 7, 2023

Good experience! As a traditional medical person I was a little leery of the spa like setting for what I felt was more of a medical procedure (bioidentical hormone treatment). However, I was treated very professionally by Dr. Itri, who I found to be knowledgeable, competent, and very forthcoming and accommodating in responding to my questions & concerns.

October 6, 2023

I love coming here! I’ve been seeing Brandy & Michelle for about 3 years. They are so sweet and personable! The studio is GORGEOUS and the whole staff is talented! Highly recommend coming to see them for all of your aesthetic needs!!

Mary Ashley Cook
October 4, 2023

They were able to get me in same day! Excellent customer service and beautiful office❤️

Jenna Joseph
October 2, 2023

I started semaglutide in April and finished in August. I went from 171lbs to 133lbs and couldn’t be happier. Everything was so easy, everyone on staff was incredibly kind, and I am so glad I invested in myself. Well worth the money! Thank you, Studio R!

strykr strykr
September 28, 2023

My name is Matt Street. I have been a client and patient with Studio R for well over a year. Over this time, I have used many of the services provided by Dr. Segura, and Dr. Itri. All of the services have been top-notch. Recently, I received a hydro-facial from Michelle. To say it was an amazing and invigorating experience would be an understatement. Michelle uses cutting edge technology to meticulously treat the face and neck area. I typically get about 3-4 facials a year and Michelle is, by far, the best to ever do it. Her expertise includes deep knowledge on how to maintain healthy skin. She provided me with many cost-effective options to continue to maintain a healthy skin routine. I highly recommend Michelle for all your facial needs. I will be exclusively using her services going forward. Thanks, Matt

Kim and Jim Mason
September 22, 2023

Jason and Brandi are the experts in promoting optimal health. They understand bioidentical hormone replacement inside and out!! If you're showing the signs of aging: tired, achy, lack of libido, etc. call them right now! They can help you get your vitality back!

September 11, 2023

Dr. Segura exceeded all of my expectations from start to finish. I simply cannot recommend her enough for the most thorough, professional and impressive results.

Jillian Loughran
September 11, 2023

Dr. Segura and the team are so thorough. She took her time explaining every option and providing a breakdown of cost, time, healing, etc. Will definitely come again.

Tiarra Young
September 11, 2023

I had a facial done by Michelle she done fantastic. And I had botex by Dr segura very informative and gentle. Definitely will be a repeat customer!!!

Robert Hicks
September 5, 2023

Outstanding service. It was my first time doing this and Michelle was great! She answered all my questions and I learned a lot during the sugaring!

Zeljka Peric Zorc
September 4, 2023

My eyebrows have never looked as good as when Michelle does it! She listens and does exactly what you want!

Terrie Wood
August 29, 2023

I have been a client here for over a year now. I recall my first visit with Dr. Segura and how nervous and intimidated I was. Not for long though! Her quiet, calm and confident manner set me at ease and assured me that I was at the right place and in the right hands. The professional team at Studio R are so friendly and customer focused. I’m not even sure how I came to find them but I am certainly glad I did!!

Mackenzie Fredricks
August 26, 2023

Dr. Segura was so kind and informative. She took her time to explain everything to me and even made some recommendations based on my goals.

Shannon Beasley
August 26, 2023

Michele is a very talented aesthetician who has taken a great deal of time educating me about all of the options that align with my skin care goals for aging and sensitive skin. She is incredibly skilled and adjusts the methods she uses based on what works. She’s top notch; can’t recommend enough.

Dana Warby
August 26, 2023

Beautiful studio, lots of great services!

Erika Chicas
August 25, 2023

Love this place and there snacks! Michelle is absolutely the best waxer ever! She has been waxing me for years and always leaves me with amazing results. (:

Charlot Claudon
August 22, 2023

I recently had the RHA filler procedure done by Dr Brandy Segura. I had my lips, corners of my mouth and chin area worked on. I was numbed up before the procedure, which made it very comfortable. The procedure went very well,and I was very pleased with the filler used. It’s been three weeks now and I am very pleased with the end results.

Leah Michelle
August 11, 2023

I love the space and the staff! Michelle does my facials lashes and brows. I absolutely enjoy my time with Studio R!

Meredith Farmer
August 9, 2023

I decided to make a Brazilian waxing appointment at Studio R Aesthetics after a friend highly suggested them to me. I was not disappointed. The area is posh, welcoming, and luxurious. Michelle was patient with me as I asked questions and made sure I felt at ease during the wax. She was conversational enough to where I felt less tense, but not so much that I felt like I couldn’t enjoy the experience. I could tell she was very knowledgeable and she gave me a detailed 101 in sugaring vs. waxing. I’ve only dipped my toe into one small area of services here… they have so many more to offer! I’ll definitely be back!

Lindsey Tennyson
August 7, 2023

What a tranquil environment! Walking into a very calm and clean reception area I was greeted almost immediately and taken back for my appointment fairly quickly. Michelle provided my services of a hydrofacial and waxing. Michelle was very professional and continued to educate me throughout the entire process. I learned so much about my skin and not only was rejuvenated but relaxed and at times, dozed off. I would highly recommend Studio R for any needs. All staff I came in contact with were friendly and beyond helpful.

Sarah Snyder
August 3, 2023

I just recently moved (to Lynchburg) and was looking for an injector in a reasonable distance. I found Dr. Segura and loved the fact that she prefers to do the injecting work herself! I had Botox and fillers and when I asked about fillers she was very honest with me about what would help and make me happy. She didn’t try to sell me on more filler even when I thought it’s what I wanted! She was thorough, kind, and extremely gentle. And I’m obsessed with the results! Easily the best experience I’ve had! 10/10

Janna P
August 3, 2023

Dr. Segura is fantastic. She has a wide range of minimally invasive options and during my initial consultation discussed the pros and cons of the treatments. I’ve had 2 of the 3 CoolPeel treatments that I purchased and I’m so happy with the results so far.

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