What do the letters PRP represent?

And the FUE?

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FUE

The two transplant methods widely used today are FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and STRIP (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery). These procedures differ in the way the donor hair is extracted.

STRIP requires the cutting of a large strip of scalp from the patient’s donor area. The incision is then stitched shut, and the grafts are harvested from this strip.

The drawback to this procedure is that the patient is left with a long, linear scar across the donor area, preventing them from being able to sport a short hairstyle in the future, as hair must be kept longer in order to cover the scar. 

The revolutionary FUE Hair Transplant procedure addresses these concerns, as individual follicles can be extracted directly from the donor area, eliminating any strip removal. This results in a significantly reduced healing time and NO linear scar. The patient has the freedom to trim and style their hair as they please. Furthermore, the lack of strip removal maximizes amount of donor hair that can be harvested.



Beverly Hills Physician
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PRP and FUE

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.This is a process wherein a small amount of blood is taken and than spun down in a centrifuge in order to concentrate the platelets.This "plasma" is than reinjected into the scalp where beneficial growth factors are released which help to preserve and thicken the hair.

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction.This is a method of harvesting donor hair for a transplant wherein the grafts are removed one by one rather than in a linear strip.


David Deutsch, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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PRP vs FUE

FUE stands for  Follicular unit extraction, also known as follicular transfer (FT), is one of two primary methods of obtaining follicular units, naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, for hair transplantation.The other method is called strip harvesting. In FUE harvesting, individual follicular units are extracted directly from the hair restoration patient's donor area, ideally one at a time. This differs from strip-harvesting because, in strip harvesting, a strip of skin is removed from the patient and then dissected into many individual follicular units. The follicular units obtained by either method are the basic building blocks of follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is derived from your own blood by removing the red blood cells and raising the concentration of the platelets in the plasma. The platelets contain a number of specialized growth hormones that, when injected into the scalp, stimulate stem cells in your scalp to strengthen and restore hair follicles. It works in a high percentage of patients but is not a cure: following an initial course of treatment, maintenance will be required 1-2x per year. 

The decision comes down to how long the alopecia has been present. If relatively recent, PRP is recommended to induce the regrowth of your own hair. If longstanding, transplantation may be more effective. These treatments are sometimes used together to improve the odds of transplant success.

Jay Goldstein, MD
Freehold Physician

PRP and FUE procedures

Thank you for your question. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma which are growth factors derived from your own blood injected that are injected into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. FUE stands for follicular unit extraction which is a minimally invasive procedure that extracts donor hair to transplant. 

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
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PRP and FUE

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma which is a treatment for helping with thickening and increasing density of your hair. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, which is a Hair Transplant done by extracting hair grafts one by one. 

John Kahen, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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PRP stands for. . . .

That is a great question. PRP is Platelet Rich Plasma. The part of the blood that after spun down has growth factors we can inject into any part of the body to help heal or rebuild tissue and collagen. Thank you for your question.

David Ikudayisi, MD
Tampa Internist
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What do the letters PRP represent? And FUE?

Hello Ima Wright - Thanks for your question. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is a portion of your blood in the serum that contains growth factors known to be effective in rebuilding tissue and blood supply. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, a process in which individual hair follicles are removed from a healthy part of the scalp and then transplanted into areas of the scalp that are balding for the purposes of hair replacement surgery. PRP and FUE are often used together to maximize new hair growth. 

PRP is used in multiple areas of medicine, not just cosmetic surgery.

I hope this helps. 

Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Loss Treatment Basics--FUE and PRP

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a process by which the platelets and growth factors from a patients whole blood are processed and re-used depending on the treatment, such as hair loss treatments, for example.  FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and is a type of hair transplant. See a hair loss expert for best outcomes. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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