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Valerie Callender

Dermatologist
Address
12200 Annapolis Road, Suite 315, Glenn Dale, MD, 20769
My approach is creating natural-looking results and preserving beauty across all ethnicities.

Philosophy

Known for her sensitive and cutting-edge approach to the management and correction of hair loss and the treatment of pigment disorders, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Valerie D. Callender knows she is the saving grace for women plagued with skin and hair concerns. As a go-to resource for hair loss treatment for women of color, she has also served in leadership roles for organizations like the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the Skin of Color Society. “There are several racial differences in hair transplant surgery,” says Dr. Callender. “These include the reason for the procedure, the shape of the hair, and the risk of keloid formation.” It is her breadth of knowledge and experience with the specific needs of this subset of hair loss sufferers that has allowed her to change the lives of so many of her patients. “Our hair is our crown and glory, and I consider it my job to help others restore and maintain their crowns.”

Education

Degree:
Howard University College of Medicine
Residency:
Dermatology, Howard University Hospital

A Minute With

  1. What nonsurgical advancements are you most excited about right now?

    “DualSculpting” for body
    contouring and Thermage FLX
    for skin tightening

  2. What is the one thing your practice offers that is really unique?

    Combining aesthetic treatments
    for hair restoration in women, like
    neutraceuticals, topical minoxidil,
    laser therapy, platelet-rich plasma
    (PRP) and hair transplants

  3. What are your most requested procedures?

    Botox Cosmetic, fillers to restore
    midface volume loss and chemical
    peels to correct hyperpigmentation

  4. What new services are you excited to offer?

    Combining PRP injections
    with microneedling for hair loss,
    Thermage FXL for skin tightening
    and microneedling for acne scars

  5. Who has been your career-defining patient?

    A hair loss patient with Central
    Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
    (CCCA), a common cause of
    hair loss in women of color that
    required aggressive therapy
    before surgery. She stimulated my
    interest in surgical management
    for this type of hair loss

  6. What are the most common medical myths you’ve ever heard?

    That there is no treatment for hair
    loss in women and you just have
    to accept it and cover it up with
    a wig. Also, that laser procedures
    are unsafe for skin of color

  7. Why is skin care so important?

    Skin care is the foundation for the
    in-office cosmetic procedures that
    we do. Patients must be committed
    to maintaining their results with
    an individualized and customized
    skin care regimen that we create

  8. What are you best known for?

    I am known for treating hair
    loss in women and correcting
    uneven skin tone—melasma
    and hyperpigmentation

  9. What do you think is the biggest skin-related trend of the year?

    Hydroquinone-free topical
    skin lightening agents that
    can be combined with aesthetic
    procedures to treat melasma
    and skin discoloration

  10. What do you like most about your profession?

    I like that aesthetic dermatology
    is always evolving

  11. My ultimate skin care advice

    Use a multitasking night cream
    while you sleep to exfoliate, hydrate
    and manage dyspigmentation

  12. Three words that best describe me

    Caring, compassionate,
    kind

  13. My motto

    Excellent patient
    care matters

Services

  • Botox® Cosmetic
  • Fillers
  • Facial / Skin Rejuvenation
  • Hair Restoration
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Mole Removal
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Skin Care
  • Skin Peels
  • CoolSculpting®
  • Kybella®
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Acne Scar Treatment
  • Microneedling
  • Scar Correction
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Thermage® FLX

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