Thinning hair and hair loss are problems many aging men and women have to deal with. Reducing stress, prioritizing nutrition, and avoiding too much hair manipulation may help reduce the rate at which some people experience hair loss, but unfortunately, there is no cure for hair loss. There are several treatments, however, that help to restore hair growth and boost volume and thickness. Two of the best-known treatments include hair transplants and PRP treatment. Here’s what you need to know about each option to determine which one is the right choice for you.
What Is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where a doctor will implant hair follicles from a donor into a site on the patient’s head that has experienced significant hair thinning or loss. There are two general methods for implanting the hair: the strip technique or the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method. The second option involves collecting the hair follicles from a site on the patient’s scalp that has healthy hair growth, and implanting them in the area that is thinning out.
It could take six to nine months to notice the full effects of a hair transplant. Thickness and volume will also be restored, so patients can achieve a naturally full head of hair. The best patients for this procedure are those with thinning hair, male or female-pattern baldness, those with ample donor hair follicles, and those who do not have any medical or health conditions that would increase the risks of this surgery.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a newer hair treatment that helps treat hair loss. It was originally used to stimulate tissue growth and speed up the healing time for people who suffered an injury or wound. Now, it is used to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate dormant hair cells to encourage regrowth. It is a non-surgical procedure, which makes it an ideal option for patients who are at a higher risk of complications after surgery.
During the treatment, a nurse will collect a sample of the patient’s blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. These platelets are then combined with extracted plasma to create the formula. The PRP is injected into the patient’s scalp using microneedling.
Results are seen within a few months, and patients should notice better hair volume, and improved hair growth. Full results may take up to a year, and repeat treatments are recommended to maintain the progress and ensure fuller hair restoration.
Types of Hair Loss and How PRP Therapy and Hair Transplants Help
The type of hair loss someone experiences will impact the kind of treatment that is best for them. Typically, transplants are performed on people with genetic hair loss, such as male or female pattern baldness. The hair loss in this case is usually on the top of the head, so hair on the back and sides of the head are used to transplant a strip over the top of the scalp. Doing this will prevent it from being affected by the hormones that cause the pattern baldness.
PRP therapy is effective for treating pattern baldness as well, but it is also effective for other types of hair loss such as alopecia areata (autoimmune disorder that causes patches of baldness), or traction alopecia (caused by tight hairstyles).
Before and after hair transplant surgery, PRP therapy can be used to improve the results. It can be injected at the same site as the transplant to support the growth of the grafted hairs.
Benefits of PRP Therapy after a Hair Transplant
PRP therapy works well on its own, but can also be used as a follow-up treatment after hair transplant surgery. The benefits of PRP therapy include the following:
- Safe & Natural: Since PRP therapy uses the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of rejection or infection. The microneedles are sterile and one-time-use, so there is no risk of contamination.
- Long-Term Results: Patients may need three to four treatments for optimum results but PRP therapy has shown to produce long-term results. It stimulates the skin’s stem cells to create more collagen, produce more cells, and renew the skin and hair follicles.
- Non-Invasive: PRP therapy is a non-invasive treatment for hair restoration, which is why many patients chose this option over surgery.
- Effective for Hair Loss: The quick injections require no down time, unlike surgery. It effectively stimulates the cells in the scalp and helps to restore hair growth as the cells work as they should. Compared to other PRP methods, our Harvest PRP method and HBH 2-step PRP achieve a higher concentration of platelets up to six times.
- Minimal Discomfort: Hair transplants are intense procedures and the discomfort after the procedure may make you want to stay home for a while. Since PRP therapy is not surgical, the level of discomfort is much lower. There is no down-time and the treatment is almost painless.
The PRP Treatment for Hair Restoration at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
When comparing hair transplants vs. PRP, it’s clear that although both can be used to restore hair growth, PRP therapy is far less invasive. If hair loss is affecting your quality of life, there are treatments that can help you. If you want a less invasive and effective, natural treatment that restores your hair growth, PRP therapy could be the answer.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our PRP procedures are effective and well-loved by our clients. The short recovery time and natural results will have you looking refreshed and younger within months. If you want to learn more about how this procedure can help you restore hair growth and slow down and undo the signs of aging, contact us at (416) 546-4664 or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your free consultation today and our specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin and hair.