PRP Hair Restoration vs. Hair Transplant: Which Is Right For You?
- Posted on: Sep 27 2023
Hair loss solutions exist. Hair transplants have existed for years, with recent advancements making them more viable and popular. Platelet-rich plasma, though also not a new treatment, has gained popularity as well.
Let’s take a look at how effective each form of treatment is and which one may be right for you.
What You Need To Know About Hair Transplants
Hair transplants come in two varieties: follicular unit transportation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both FUT and FUE utilize your own hair for transplantation by taking hairs from a donor site (typically the sides or back of the head) and implanting them into receiving locations. The main difference between these two methods is that FUT utilizes a strip of hair, resulting in greater coverage, while FUE extracts hairs individually. The benefit of single-hair extraction is that less scarring can occur.
Both hair transplant techniques can have varying results. Sometimes a graft doesn’t ‘take’ and, despite receiving a transplant, the receiving location doesn’t grow as many hairs as were implanted. Scarring, infection, or failed grafts are all possible outcomes of hair transplants.
Make sure you speak to your doctor about what you can expect with a hair transplant.
What You Need to Know About PRP
PRP treatments utilize your blood to bolster the body’s regenerative ability. First, a sample is taken and then treated. The sample is filled with growth factors that will encourage the body to heal itself. The sample is then injected into application sites.
PRP has been shown to restore lost hair to great patient satisfaction. Because the method utilizes your own blood, the risk of an adverse reaction is low. Common side effects include discomfort and redding at the application site. These symptoms are expected and expected to disappear with time.
The studies indicate PRP is fantastic at regrowing hair, demonstrating “significant increases” in hair density and hair numbers. The same studies suggest that subsequent treatments may increase the effect of the results. Compared to hair transplants, PRP is also a less time-consuming procedure with minimal downtime.
Consult Azul Cosmetic Surgery for Your Hair Loss Needs
At Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa, we are proud to serve the people in Fort Myers, Naples, and Bonita Springs. That is why we make sure we take the time to understand your needs and explain with the full breadth of our knowledge.
Hair transplants are a viable option for those who don’t mind the potential for scarring and have the time and energy toward their lengthy recoveries. PRP treatments are an excellent option for someone looking for a relatively low-risk, effective hair loss treatment.
Call today at 239-379-8921 to schedule an appointment.
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