Could Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Be The Future of Hair Transplants?

Could Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Be The Future of Hair Transplants?

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Over the past few years, advancements in technology have had a significant impact on cosmetic surgery procedures, making them more successful and less invasive. Hair transplants are designed to improve the appearance of thinning or balding hair. The treatment is popular amongst both men and women. People choose to have a hair transplant for a variety of reasons – perhaps they have a medical condition which causes hair loss, or they are part of the population which suffers with male pattern baldness. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is just one of the latest cosmetic surgery techniques which is changing the way hair transplants are carried out.

How Does PRP Work?

The surgical procedure uses the patient’s own white and red blood cells. The plasma of the blood is mixed with growth hormone and then reinjected back into the areas of the scalp which need treatment. The intention is that the growth hormone will stimulate hair growth. As the patient’s own blood is used, there are fewer issues with compatibility. Overall, it’s a relatively simple procedure which uses the body’s own cells to promote growth and healing.

Is it Successful?

There have been many instances where the PRP hair transplant treatment has been successful. Studies have shown that the treatment has made hair grow faster and more evenly when combined with surgical hair restoration. Patients who undergo hair transplants using PRP without surgery are seeing improved results but there is not yet enough evidence to assess whether the treatment alone will work effectively.

Experts known in the field of hair restoration have said that success is being seen 70% of the time where PRP treatment is used for both female and male hair loss. Shedding slows down or stops completely and finer hairs thicken, which improves the overall appearance of the patient’s hair.

Other Uses for PRP

There are many other uses for PRP. It has been successful in improving the function of various joints, including the knees, elbows, ankles and hips. Studies have shown that the treatment can also reduce pain and discomfort. As a result, the treatment is proving to be extremely popular in the sports medicine field for treating conditions such as arthritis, joint injuries and tendon repair. The technique has also been used in dental surgery, to help graft bone to areas of the face successfully.

The Future

The science behind the treatment is still in development but cosmetic surgeons are well aware of its potential. It’s highly likely that an increasing number of cosmetic surgical procedures will use PRP in the future, including facial surgery to fight signs of aging and sun damage. In particular, if PRP hair transplants continue to be successful this could transform the way the procedure is carried out completely. At the moment, surgeons are already using PRP treatment in combination with surgical hair transplants on a daily basis. It is an exciting feat of science that allows the body’s own cells to help encourage recovery and healing. Whatsapp