Hair Transplant Vs PRP
PRP treatment vs hair transplant
Hair transplant is a surgical technique through which hair follicles removed from one part (donor site) of the body is placed to another part (recipient site) of the body. It is the permanent solution to treat pattern baldness which can be used to restore scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair etc.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a therapy for hair loss in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. It can stimulate hair growth as platelets play a major role in the process of wound healing.
PRP vs Hair transplant: Which is better?
PRP is a good option for those who don’t want a hair transplant or for people who are experiencing hair loss for a number of other reasons.
Types of Hair Loss:
The type of hair loss a person experiences might play an important role in determining whether he or she decides to go for a hair transplant, PRP therapy or both. Hair transplant is usually performed on people with genetic hair loss or pattern baldness which usually occurs on the top of the head. The hair from the back and sides of the head is transplanted to the scalp as it won’t be affected by the hormones that cause male or female pattern baldness.
PRP therapy is mainly used to treat male or female pattern baldness and other types such as alopecia areata that causes patchy bald spots or traction alopecia which occurs due to tight hairstyles.
Moreover, PRP therapy along with a hair transplant improves the results of the surgery. PRP can be injected into the skin at the transplant site that causes newly grafted hairs to grow.
PRP vs Hair transplant process
The hair transplant process is different from the process used for PRP therapy. In PRP therapy, the first step involves taking a small amount of blood which placed in a centrifuge separates plasma from the other cells. The platelet-rich portion of the plasma is injected into the appropriate areas of the scalp through a syringe. The entire process usually takes less than an hour and a half and discomfort is minimal during treatment. However, patients can choose to receive a local anaesthetic to completely eliminate any pain from the injection.
In the hair restoration process, the hairs to be transplanted are removed from the back or sides of the head and are placed on the bald area either one by one or in a strip, depending on the method used. The surgeon places the follicles in such a manner that ensures the grafts to grow in a natural way. During the process, a patient is given local anaesthetic but remains awake for the procedure.
Recovery: PRP treatment vs hair transplant
Both for PRP hair treatment vs hair transplant, the recovery is short term but there are some differences. After PRP therapy, people can wash their hair right away however shampooing the hair or using any styling product should be avoided after a hair transplant for some days.
Many people feel comfortable to return to work a day after PRP therapy but some people undergoing hair restoration surgery take a few days off from work. It is recommended to restrict physical activity for some time post surgery as the increased blood pressure and blood flow can lead to complications or impact the results.
When to Expect Results?
The results appear to be visible after sometime in both the cases. The transplanted hair usually shed after few days of surgery that can be alarming for some people. The hairs which shed start to regrow at that site. Usually, the new growth of hair can be seen after few months after the surgery. However, in most cases the full regrowth occurs by the tenth month after the procedure.
PRP therapy also takes some time to produce visible results as the plasma needs time to work on the follicles and to stimulate growth. The new growth can be seen within a few months and it varies in different individuals. Usually, the best results appear within eight months in majority of patients.
Whatever may be cause of hair loss, make sure that it doesn’t negatively affect your life or your looks.