To understand whether PRP therapy is beneficial or not it is important to know what is PRP.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is a treated plasma type that is obtained from a person’s blood. Platelet Rich Plasma is a plasma protein that is separated from whole blood by the process of centrifugation to isolate it from red blood cells. The liquid portion of the whole blood is called Plasma. It largely comprises of water and proteins, and also serves as a medium for RBCs, WBCs and platelets to circulate throughout the body. Platelets are a type of blood cell that leads to blood clots and other important growth healing functions. The Platelets present in human blood plays an important role in the natural healing process of the body.
PRP therapy involves the injection of a patient’s own concentrated platelets to hasten the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles or joints.
PRP for hair loss is prepared by taking a patient’s own blood and centrifuging it to concentrate the platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected directly into the body tissue or area of treatment. This complements the growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells in the body.
PRP for Hair Toss Treatment
There are several hair loss treatments and hair transplant options available and the hair transplant costs may vary between procedures. PRP for hair loss is an expensive procedure. The PRP for hair loss is a medical cure in which a person’s blood is drawn and centrifuged to separate platelet-rich plasma and then re-injected into that person’s scalp. PRP therapy is often combined with other hair treatment procedures for better effects, like the FUT Hair Transplant (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE Hair Transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction).
PRP therapy has been used since the 1980s. PRP therapies have been implemented for healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles as well as for hair transplants.
The most widely used hair transplant procedures are the FUT (follicle unit transplant) or FUE (follicular unit extraction). In a hair transplant procedure, pattern baldness is treated by transplanting hair follicles which are extracted from the donor site to areas with scarce hair growth or no hair growth. The success of a hair transplant depends on the durability of the transplanted follicles. If the transplanted hair follicles do not respond well or do not last, the entire procedure becomes useless. To achieve desired results, a revised surgery of the same procedure or a different procedure is required.
Advantages of Combining PRP Therapy With Hair Transplant Procedures
Nowadays, many surgeons recommend implementing PRP therapy after a hair transplantation procedure for enhanced results. According to PRP therapy, PRP injections are given in the area of treatment on the head. The protein-rich plasma helps in increasing the sustainability of the transplanted hair. Platelet Rich Plasma is beneficial in triggering natural hair growth. This ensures that the transplanted hair will have proper growth. As PRP injections are rich in protein the recovery occurs at a fast pace. Thus, combining PRP for hair loss with hair transplant procedures has great advantages.
It is widely recommended to have PRP therapy right after the hair transplant procedure as it is very beneficial for the patient. There are good reasons for combining PRP for hair loss with the procedure, the primary of which are:
- The platelet-rich plasma has to be injected in the area of treatment. The patient will not have to endure the pain caused by the injection as he or she will already be under the local anaesthesia given for the hair transplant procedure. This serves as a benefit as the cost and need of the anaesthesia is ruled out.
- Irrespective of what hair transplant technique is used, the hair channels will be open and injured because of the unit transplantation or the unit extraction. This means that the area of treatment will have to recover, this makes the PRP injection easy to inject and prove to be more effective.
- If a patient wishes to have PRP therapy, the therapy alone will be very expensive. But if the therapy is combined with the hair transplant procedure, the cost will be reduced or consolidated as overhead costs will already have been covered. The cost of PRP therapy combined with hair transplant in Turkey is very reasonable whereas PRP therapy is the most expensive in the UK.
If a patient is hesitant or not sure about whether he or she should have PRP for hair loss, it is best to consult the performing doctor surgeon. Any decision regarding the hair transplant procedure should be made only after consulting the surgeon.
If a patient decides to have the hair transplant procedure in Turkey, the patient is generally not required to pay for PRP before coming to Turkey. This is because PRP therapy is a supplementary therapy and is only done so that the recovery process is done quicker.