Hair restoration has become increasingly popular with technological advances and multiple treatment options — one of the most effective and long-lasting treatments is a hair transplant.
One in 13 men will undergo a hair transplant procedure in their lifetime. While this provides a great way to fill in bald spots and replenish your hairline, it doesn’t get to the root problem of what causes hair loss.
That’s why Peterpanagotacos, MD, and the hair restoration experts at Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, suggest undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy after a hair transplant to promote healthy and strong hair growth for years to come. Here’s why and when you should consider PRP after a hair transplant.
PRP: a powerful three-step solution
The secret behind the power of PRP is in your blood. By using your body’s platelets, the blood supply to the hair follicle is increased and triggers natural hair growth. Here are the three steps of PRP:
- Blood is drawn from your arm and placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins to separate components
- Your blood is spun for 10 minutes to separate the platelet-poor plasma, the platelet-rich plasma, and the red blood cells
- PRP is drawn into a syringe and injected into your scalp in areas where you’re experiencing balding.
The whole treatment takes about less than 30 minutes and requires no downtime. While you’ll notice an improvement in hair density after one treatment, most people need three treatments spaced 4-6 months apart to achieve optimal results. PRP can be used as a treatment alone but provides the most dramatic results when used in conjunction with a hair transplant.
Why get PRP after a transplant?
Hair transplants are a cosmetic surgery that offers thicker, fuller hair growth. Treatment involves removing hair follicles from your scalp where you have healthy growth and administering them on areas where you’re balding.
Hair transplants can administer 6,000-8,000 hair grafts in one session. Undergoing a hair transplant provides improved hair density and growth with results that can last a lifetime.
Getting a hair transplant and PRP together provides a great solution for hair loss because it strengthens existing hair follicles and the new donor grafts. Nourishing your hair follicles with a healthy blood supply boosts the healing process and stimulates maximum hair regrowth. PRP can increase the graft rate of transplanted hair follicles and minimize the chance of scarring.
Many patients experience hair shedding after getting hair transplants. While this is normal and temporary, getting PRP after hair transplants can minimize hair shedding and offer quicker results.
When to get PRP after a transplant
After undergoing a hair transplant, it’s best to wait three weeks before undergoing PRP treatment. This allows the swelling to go down and for your tissues to heal.
PRP contains high levels of growth factors — naturally occurring proteins that help cell regeneration. PRP improves healing by boosting cell growth, collagen regeneration, and tissue repair.
The bottom line
Dealing with hair loss can be frustrating. If it’s affecting your self-esteem, we offer various treatment options for natural, healthy hair growth. Two of the options we provide are hair transplants and PRP.
Hair transplants are cosmetic surgery, while PRP uses your blood to maintain healthy hair growth. Combine both treatments to get the best results for a healthy, more youthful hairline.
Learn more about PRP injections and hair transplants today. Call 415-907-7354 to schedule your consultation or book online.