Hair transplant certainly came as a blessing for those who were suffering from permanent hair loss. While there are many people who pull off their bald head, there are many who feel uncomfortable and saddened with the idea of complete hair loss. This is because their hair has been a part of their identity for so long. Losing your hair permanently is a devastating experience. Although hair transplant surgery can restore your hair for a lifetime, hair transplant and PRP therapy together are an even better combination.
Many people don’t realize that having PRP therapy after a hair transplant surgery is very much a possibility. In fact, some surgeons recommend their patients PRP therapy after a hair transplant as it can improve the results of the surgery. However, many people don’t understand how exactly things will go about.
For instance, they’re in the dark about the number of sessions needed and if getting PRP therapy is always a good idea. What if it ends up making the person lose more hair than before? Moreover, the bigger threat is to the newly transplanted hair grafts. What if the PRP therapy ends up damaging those if you undergo consecutive sessions of it? No worries, we’re here to guide you about PRP and hair transplant in detail. So, let us get into it.
Why You Should Consider Getting PRP and Hair Transplant?
This comes down to the fact that even after getting a hair transplant, you need to take good care of your hair. You can try out certain things that can help support the growth of your hair after the surgery. Now, some hair oils can do that for you. So, you might wonder why should I get PRP therapy? PRP therapy will not only help with the growth of your hair, but it will also make sure that it improves the result of your hair transplant. By this, we mean that PRP and hair transplant can improve your hair density.
When getting treatment for your hair loss, it is beneficial to use more than one solution (the ones recommended by your surgeon). This doesn’t mean that you should put anything on your head that claims giving you “stronger, healthier, and longer” hair after just a few washes. That’s just tall marketing claims that never really end up being true. PRP therapy with a hair transplant can end up maximizing the effectiveness of the surgery.
PRP injections are derived from the patient’s own blood. They can help trigger a healing response in the skin. Due to the beneficial effects of this treatment, it has also been used in other areas of the body. As far as its effectiveness in the scalp is concerned, it can thicken hair roots and stimulate the growth of hair. The working of this treatment is why it’s considered a good idea to get this treatment after getting hair transplant surgery.
Is It Necessary That You Get PRP Therapy After Hair Transplant?
It is highly recommended. Hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hair grafts are removed from one place on the head and inserted at another site on the scalp. Of course, the surgeon has to make cuts, albeit very small, on the scalp to remove and place the hair grafts. The whole procedure shocks the scalp so much so that many people experience temporary hair shedding after getting the hair transplant. You will recover from it on your own after some time.
The newly transplanted grafts need oxygen to grow and thrive. Good hygiene and cleanliness are also very important. If dirt and debris form a layer over the grafts, they won’t get an adequate supply of oxygen. This can even permanently damage the hair grafts, which can mean that no hair will grow from there. You have to be very careful in the aftercare process of your hair transplant surgery. Of course, it will take time for you to recover completely. But PRP injections can actually help here.
PRP injections can improve the circulation of blood to the damaged tissue. Here, it means more blood supply to the hair grafts. They will get more oxygen and nutrients, which will help them grow and recover quickly. The faster healing process will help the hair grafts grow stronger and thicker hair. You will thus end up with better results after getting your hair transplant surgery.
Should You Get PRP Therapy Before Hair Transplant?
Many people get confused about the timing of when they should get PRP injections. Should it be before or after a hair transplant? You can very well get PRP before the hair transplant surgery. The treatment will thicken your roots which will help the surgeon see the hair grafts even more clearly during the surgery.
Thicker, stronger grafts also mean that their chances of survival increase than before. Still, you can’t expect a 100% survival rate of your hair grafts. Typically, 1-2 out of every 100 hair grafts die during the transplantation process. This is a normal occurrence. You’ll be fine if this happens to you. The surgeons can’t do much to prevent the death of these hair grafts. It is something that happens. The grafts are put in ice water during the surgery to keep them alive. However, still, some of them die.
Should You Get PRP Therapy After Hair Transplant?
PRP and hair transplant can be made into one package if you desire so. You will get the PRP injections on the day of the hair transplant surgery after the procedure is over. This will support the recovery of the newly transplanted grafts by increasing the blood flow to the area and supporting them with necessary proteins.
How Many PRP Sessions Are Suggested?
This is where we get to the crux of the matter. How many sessions do you exactly need to get the results that you’re looking for? We recommend you to get PRP injections 4 to 6 times in the first year. You can get the first injection 2-4 weeks before the surgery to strengthen the roots. The second injection will be on the day of the surgery. The next injection session will take place 1-3 months after the transplant and the other one 6-9 months after the transplant. This is the timeline that our hair transplant surgeons suggest so that you can see the best possible results from the surgery.
If you didn’t get your first injection before the surgery, you don’t need to worry. You can get the first injection on the surgery date and have the last one no longer than 12 months later. After one year, we recommend you to get maintenance injections once a year. These will, of course, keep your hair strong.
Another good thing about PRP injections is that they will also support the growth of your non-transplanted hair. If you continue experiencing hair loss after getting the surgery, PRP injections can also slow down hair loss. Depending on certain factors, some people continue to lose their hair after the surgery. They may require another session. Here too, PRP injections can help thicken and strengthen their hair.
When Will You Start Seeing the Results of the PRP Therapy?
After getting the PRP injections, you can expect to start seeing the results after a month or so. But you might have to wait for about 4 months before you start noticing the change. You might need at least 3 sessions to see the results that you desire.
As far as the longevity of your results is concerned, you should know that the treatment of the underlying cause of hair loss will determine that. If the reason why you’re losing your hair is resolved, you might not need to have any new sessions for PRP therapy. Otherwise, you might need one or two maintenance sessions each year.
Is There a Limit on the Number of PRP Injections You Can Get?
When it comes to a limit on the number of PRP injections, you might need to get them if the hair loss continues. Therefore, it is better to get your scalp checked for the treatment of the underlying cause of hair loss. That way, you won’t have to keep getting the injections for a long time. There are some doctors who argue that having too many PRP injections can have an adverse effect. It can end up making you lose your hair. However, keep in your mind that this argument doesn’t have scientific evidence. In fact, PRP injection studies have only found PRP effective, not the reverse.
The usage of PRP injections has been going on since the 1980s but for different purposes. PRP injections for hair loss is a fairly recent phenomenon. Research about it is still going on. However, it is generally considered effective because of its healing capabilities. If you’re planning to have PRP and hair transplant, you can book your treatments in the same package. Get in touch with us to learn more about your options.