Is it safe to have PRP after Hair Transplant surgery, or could it cause the hair to fall out?
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PRP, platelet rich plasma after hair transplant.
It is probably safe to have PRP after hair transplant surgery but there is no need for PRP for the success of surgery.
PRP after a hair transplant may help a bit, but a PRP combination treatment can help density, graft survival and overall results
While PRP will not do much on its own for hair thinning, we’ve developed a treatment called Hair Regeneration which is a combination of platelet-rich plasma and Acellular matrix - this is a standalone treatment for hair thinning. In fact, we’ve reached a point where we have done so few transplants because of the success of this treatment. For people who come to us with thinning hair who want a transplant, we explain to them that they can get better results by doing Hair Regeneration. Unfortunately, if someone has areas that are completely bald, then transplant is the only option.
This treatment has also been a tremendous interest for patients who had a transplant. They understand that not all the hair that gets transplanted survives. With FUEs, it’s not uncommon for 30% of the hairs to not make it because of transection or hair grafts damaged at the roots. In addition, the number of grafts that can potentially heal may be down to 50%. When hair is transplanted next to existing hairs, there is trauma to those native hairs that result in collateral loss. Patients who get transplants don’t see a dramatic improvement because the hair gets traumatized by the incisions made to place the grafts. This is why we don’t do transplants as a primary procedure, now have the Hair Regeneration injection as our primary hair loss treatment.
For patients who had the transplants, ideally it’s better to come within a month to 3 months after transplant surgery. During this healing phase, there may be an opportunity to help the grafts, especially if you had FUEs. When FUE grafts are actually harvested, majority go beyond the true permanent donor zone. While surgeons know that they are harvesting hairs susceptible to thinning, they rationalize it to get the number of grafts they need. However, I see it as borrowing from the future because if you are going to take hairs that are at risk of thinning, then you may not have that hair in the future.
Hair Regeneration can help protect and thicken those hairs in a combined way. This may also need to be repeated, but we don’t know that yet because we have up to 5 years of data. The majority of the people we have treated were from the past 3 years.
I think that PRP on its own can certainly be helpful but Hair Regeneration method is actually considerably more effective. You have an opportunity to try to save your existing hair as well as maximize the survivability of the grafts. Remember that there’s a critical period where the graft has to take otherwise it’s not salvageable. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for your question.
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PRP After Hair Transplant Surgery
If any hair does emerge from this process, it is extremely minimal. And it is not clear if this growth can be attributed to the PRP or the creation of the wounds.
More than anything, the results of your hair transplant would depend on how well the grafts were selected (follicles which are in the process of miniaturizing would not produce long term success) and how the follicles were stored and handled.
Also, avoid using harsh chemicals on your head as well as hair pieces