PRP Treatment in Hair Transplantation
PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into the scalp.
PRP treatment during hair transplant operation accelerates wound healing and hair growth. Thanks to PRP treatment in hair transplant, red dots and crusting that occur after the operation disappear very quickly and transplanted hair starts to grow faster.
In Clinicana Hair Transplant Center in Istanbul, Turkey, we have one session of PRP therapy included in our package and our patients have this session right after the operation. After operation, the transplanted hair will show up in about 3 months. It is no longer a matter losing the transplanted hair after this stage. However, 3% to 10% of the transplanted hair might be reduced by wastage after a hair transplant procedure even with ideal conditions. That is, about 3% to 10% of total transplanted grafts will not come out.
The most important reason of this loss is inadequate blood flow. Deficient blood flow causes weakness of repair and increases the possibility of hair loss. PRP treatment comes into the stage for the very reason.
With PRP therapy, thrombocyte-rich plasma begins repairing on scalp. This repair means better blood build-up in the area and formation of new small veins. Transplanted hair and existing hair enrich in minerals, vitamins and especially keratin in this way. This reduces the possibility of shedding of transplanted hair and provides hair to be strong, voluminous, thicker and long-lasting.
There is a certain amount of time passing from extracting hair follicles from donor area until transferring to the recipient area. It is very important to ensure that hair follicles survive during this time. Therefore, extracted follicles are kept in a cooled environment and specially prepared solutions. It is useful to add PRP into these solutions or to wash the hair follicles directly with PRP solution, allowing the effects to be seen more rapidly.
The effect to be achieved can be explained as increasing the survival time of hair follicles, accelerating wound healing and stimulating hair follicles to produce hair.
There is no possibility of an allergic reaction or infection in PRP as the person is applied his own blood. It can be described as person’s blood donation to himself. The effect of PRP can be observed differently in each patient. PRP is an entirely supportive treatment method in hair transplantation.