PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
PRP is used for the purpose of accelerating wound healing and hair growth after hair transplantation. The targeted result of the PRP treatment is revitalizing the weak hair follicles which are prone to falling off. It has been observed that the level of hair thinning decreases and the hair shafts get thicker on the administration site with those patients who are treated with PRP.
Wound healing accelerates with those patients who receive PRP after the hair transplantation operation. The red spots and the scabs observed after the surgery rapidly disappear and the hair growing capacity of the transplanted hair follicles increases.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
PRP is a person’s own natural plasma liquid which contains many times more platelets than the normal level. The person’s own blood is used for PRP. PRP is like donating blood to yourself before the surgery. Since your own blood is used, no immunity reactions are observed. PRP does not cause any allergic reactions.
How is Platelet-Rich Plasma prepared?
- As in any laboratory examination, approximately 10cc blood is drawn from the person to whom PRP will be administered.
- The blood is transferred to a special kit under sterile conditions in order to enrich it in terms of platelets.
- The cells are separated through centrifugation and the blood is enriched in terms of platelets.
The platelet content of PRP can be increased by 4-8 times through these procedures. Researches demonstrate that the positive impact on the hair follicles arises from the growth factors contained in the platelets.
How is Platelet-Rich Plasma administered?
PRP is administered on the hairy scalp through the superficial injection method. It does not cause any pain. Its administration is completed in a short period of time (2-3 minutes). The person can resume their daily life immediately after the administration; there will be no swelling or bruises.
To whom can Platelet-Rich Plasma be administered?
Anybody who experiences hair thinning due to genetic or seasonal reasons, and whose hair has become thin and weak can be a candidate for PRP administration.
Platelet-Rich Plasma in hair transplantation
PRP has three functional applications for hair transplantation, which are;
- Increasing the viability of the hair follicles after the hair transplantation operation (FUE with PRP)
- Accelerating recovery after the hair transplantation operation
- Vitalizing and stimulating the transplanted hair follicles after the hair transplantation operation
It takes a certain period of time before the hair follicles extracted from the donor site are transplanted to the recipient site. It is crucial to maintain the viability of the hair follicles during this period of time. For this purpose, the extracted follicles are stored in specially prepared solution under a refrigerated ambiance.
It is a novel procedure to add PRP into the storage solutions or directly washing the hair follicles with the PRP solution, which rapidly demonstrates its beneficial effects. The targeted effects include increasing the viability of the hair follicles, accelerating wound healing and stimulating the hair follicles to grow hair.
Does PRP have any side effects?
The person’s own blood is used for PRP. There are no risks regarding allergic reactions or infections. It is similar to a self blood donation.
The effect of PRP may differ on each person who receives it. PRP administration is completely an adjuvant method; expectations should be realistic for the post-administration period. This application only supports recovery.