What is hair transplantation?
Hair Transplantation is the action of transplanting the hair follicles taken from the back area of the head where hair is dense, to the parts of the head where hair is scarce with an appropriate operation.
Hair Transplant Methods
FUE is a method which was developed after the FUT method had lost its validity. With the FUE hair extraction method, hair follicles are taken from the donor area between the ears with the help of a specially developed micro motor or extraction needle as small as 0,5 – 0,9 mm.
This method has developed quickly; so even though it’s newer than FUT it became more popular in a short time. The most important preference factor for the standard FUE method is that surgical tools are highly developed which enable quick and non-invasive methods for hair follicle extraction.
Today, micro motors used manually or electronically have taken the place of hand operated needles. These devices allow non-problematic extraction of hair follicles. Operation time is reduced from 2 days to a mere 3-4 hours and provides great convenience for the patients. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a hair transplantation method which is widely used due to its advantages. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is the first method that comes to mind in the hair transplantation field.
This has an undeniable reason: FUE hair transplantation is a painless operation in which the patient can go back to their normal life in a short time and this method does not include any cuts or stitches. No visible, permanent scarring can be seen in the donor area where hair follicles are extracted. Also with this method it is possible to transplant body hairs.
PRP Supported Hair Transplant
What it PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
PRP is used for quick healing of the scars and supporting quick hair growth. PRP treatment helps weak hair follicles vulnerable to be loss to gain to be revitalized. In patients to whom a PRP treatment is applied, it has been observed that hair loss is relatively less in the area in the operation areae and the hair grows more strongly. In the hair transplant operation, scars of patients who had PRP support beforehand heal more quickly. After the operation the red spots and scabbed areas disappear quickly and hair growth capacity increases in the area in which the hair is transplanted.
PRP has lots of platelets gained from the blood of the patient. Blood is drawn from the patient before the procedure and PRP is obtained. When the patient’s own blood is used there is no need for measuring the immune response. Also, PRP does not cause any allergic reaction.
How is PRP liquid obtained?
- As in all blood laboratories, 10 cc of blood is drawn from the patient to be treated with PRP.
- Drawn blood is transferred to a special device in a sterile tube for the purposes of obtaining the platelet rich part of blood.
- Blood cells are spun in a centrifuge and the platelet rich cells of the blood is densified.
Platelet rate in PRP can be increased 4-8 times with this procedure. The studies showed that the growth factor of the hair follicles depends on the platelets.
How is PRP liquid applied?
First, anesthesia is applied. Then the PRP liquid is injected into the hair roots. The injection process is painless and takes a short time (2-3 minutes). Patients can then go back to their normal daily lives and there will be no swelling or bruising after this procedure.
Who can benefit from PRP liquid?
People who have seasonal or genetic hair loss or people with thin and weak hair can be treated with PRP.
PRP in hair transplantation
PRP has three roles in hair transplantation:
- Revitalizing hair follicles after the hair transplantation procedure (FUE with PRP support)
- Enabling the quick growth of hair after hair transplantation
- Enables growth and stimulation of the transplanted hair follicles.
Some time is required before transferring the area from which hair follicles are taken to the recipient area. This process is important for hair follicles to live.
Extracted hair follicles are stored in specially prepared absorption rooms for this purpose.
In a new method, PRP added to the container or the follicles are multiplied directly with a PRP-solution which takes its positive effect very quickly. The injection of PRP liquid contributes to the life of hair follicle and helps quick healing of scars and helps the growth of hair follicles by stimulating them.
Are there any side effects of PRP?
PRP liquid contains the patient’s own blood. There is no allergic reaction or infection risk. Principally it is similar to donating your own blood. The effect of PRP treatment can be different for each recipient. PRP treatment has a supplementary effect. The results of treatment will be seen in time after the treatment. This treatment only supports physical healing.