There are several factors when deciding if a hair transplant is for you. PRP is a key factor in preserving hair before and/or after transplant. A hair transplant- like the name suggests- moves hair from one area to another, while PRP promotes growths and protects existing hair.
Hair transplant procedures have advanced tremendously. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is now the standard in hair transplants. FUE creates a natural look, without scarring. Compared to former methods, it is much more minimally invasive. A single follicle is moved from one “donor” area to a transplant area. For male and female pattern hair loss, the donor follicle is taken from an area of high density. Even though it is implanted in an area prone to hair loss, the transplant follicle retains its original “programming” and is not affected by MPHL/FPHL. Candidates for hair transplant include, being over the age of 25, stabilized hair loss, and have adequate donor hair available such as in patterned hair loss conditions. A hair transplant does not increase the number of functional follicles on the scalp, it moves it from an unaffected area of higher density to a bald area or area low density.
With PRP the goal is to support follicle re-growth, and thicken hair from active follicles. In a bald area, PRP will not work, and a follicle needs to be transplanted in. PRP is commonly used during a hair transplant procedure and shortly after, to help with implantation and healing. After the hair transplant, the goal is still to protect and maintain the hair. This can be done through maintenance PRP treatments every six months to a year. PRP can be done at a younger age than a hair transplant, with the goal of preserving the hairline. It can also be done while the hair is actively shedding, and in cases of global decrease in hair density.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, ND