Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the latest rage in the hair restoration field. This nonsurgical treatment is a three-step process of drawing a patient’s blood, separating the platelet-rich plasma from the blood and injecting it into the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
Although the method is not completely understood yet, PRP does lead to the release of high amounts of growth factors. These growth factors have the ability to enhance the growth of existing hairs and stimulate the production of new ones. PRP can be done as a stand-alone treatment or combined with a hair transplant or other hair restoring treatments and medications.
Hair transplantation remains a very reliable solution for hair loss. All patients that receive the procedure can expect some new growth, with more than 90% of grafts typically taking. The downside of a hair transplant is that it is a surgical procedure, and most importantly, not everyone is a candidate. Often, patients are too early (young men) or not good candidates (many women), and that is why PRP becomes a great alternative.
Although PRP has many advantages, such as being nonsurgical and requiring little downtime, there are some disadvantages. First,it does require several treatments to receive the maximum benefit. Second,and most importantly, while many patients see new growth, some patients do not experience new growth at all, despite undergoing a complete series of treatments. Comparatively, with a hair transplant, virtually 100% of patients see new growth. This is why many hair transplant surgeons tell patients this is their best option, as long as they are a viable candidate.
In summary, for patients who are good candidates and are willing to have surgery, hair transplantation is the best option for the long-lasting results. For those unwilling or who are not good candidates for a hair transplant, PRP provides a new and exciting alternative to try.