Hair loss affects millions of men and women in the United States. Early techniques required surgeons to remove large, wide strips of hair from the back of the scalp. The resulting scar left men wanting more from their hair transplant procedures. Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, and Follicular Unit Transplant, or FUT, provide superior results. Combining this technique with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) produces a natural hair growth pattern in relatively little time.
How FUE Works
FUE is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of hair grafts from the back of the scalp. Rather than remove an entire strip, FUE harvests smaller grafts. The resulting scars are concealed when the hair regrows in the area. After the scalp tissue is harvested, the sample is divided into smaller pieces, each of which contains about three to four hairs. These grafts are transplanted into the treatment area.
Benefits of FUE
Compared to strip harvesting for hair transplantation, FUE:
- Requires less downtime
- Heals in a shorter amount of time
- Preserves the natural hair growth pattern
- Can be used for hair loss in men and women
- Reduces the number of hairs that do not survive the transplant process
- Harvesting follows a random pattern
- Produces very small, round scars that are easily hidden by the surrounding hair
How FUT Works
Compared to early strip techniques, FUT requires a much thinner strip to be removed from the back of the head rather than the base of the neck. The resulting scar is camouflaged once the hair regrows. The strip is meticulously divided into grafts of one to four hairs. These grafts are implanted into the scalp where the patient is experiencing balding and thinning.
Benefits of FUT
Compared to techniques that require lager strips from the base of the neck, FUT:
- Produces only a thin scar on the back of the head
- Requires less downtime and a short period of healing
- Allows for various graft sizes based on what is needed in the treatment area
PRP is platelet-rich-plasma, a component of the blood that contains growth factors. The use of PRP has expanded significantly in recent years across the field of medicine. The growth factors in PRP promote new tissue development and are considered the most important development in regenerative medicine. Platelets work in your body by promoting three aspects of tissue development on a cellular level.
- Migration, the process by which cells move within the body in an organized manner to an area that requires healing or regeneration
- Proliferation which is the dividing of cells that provides the body with replacement cells for those that die and extra cells to repair tissues
- Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels to provide oxygen and nutrients to newly formed tissues, speed healing and reduce inflammation
Benefits of PRP for Hair Transplant Surgery
Some of the benefits of using PRP for hair transplant surgery are:
- Uses the patient’s own blood for the procedure
- Effective for common types of hair restoration
- Adding PRP to a hair transplant surgery requires no additional downtime or recovery
- Hair growth may occur in as little as three months
- No impact on overall surgery time
The PRP Hair Transplant Procedure
The platelet-rich-plasma for your hair transplant procedure is prepared during the surgery. A small amount of your blood is drawn in the same manner as when you have bloodwork done. The tube of blood is placed in a centrifuge that spins it to separate the components. The platelet-rich-plasma is extracted from the tube with a syringe.
A hair transplant surgery may take up to five hours. The hair grafts are harvested and implanted during the same procedure. This ensures that the hairs remain viable. After the hair grafts are prepared via FUE or FUT, tiny incisions are made in the area where the hair is thin. A single graft is placed inside each incision. The number of hair that is in each graft varies based on the location of the implant site and the natural hair growth pattern. The incisions are small enough that sutures are not required.
After the grafts are placed in the treatment area, the platelet-rich-plasma is injected with a fine needle. Injections are typically made at the point where a graft was implanted. Additional injections may be made in areas with natural hair growth to stimulate the follicles.
Recovery from Hair Transplant Surgery with PRP
You return to our office the following day so that we can check the grafts. At this point, you should wash your hair twice a day and spray the grafts to keep them moist. Sutures are removed in nine to ten days. Patients who use PRP for their hair transplant surgeries see new hair growth in about three months. This is the point where most patients only begin to see new hairs forming in the treatment area. PRP expedites the hair growth process.
Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery with PRP, Contact Aesthetic Surgery Center.
To learn more about hair transplant surgery with PRP and our other services, contact us to schedule a personal consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Anurag Agarwal, and dual board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard W. Maloney, specializes in hair transplant surgery in Naples, FL, as well as procedures for the face, breasts, and body. You can learn more about them at https://www.aestheticsurgerycenter.com/.