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Can Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Increase Hair Transplant Growth Yield ?

3/22/2010 2:18:40 PM

Question:

Hi, I was wondering if Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) should be given before, during, or after a hair transplant for the purpose of increasing graft survival. Although I know it has not been proven yet, I don't think it will do any harm.

Answer:

Using Platelet Rich Plasma in hair transplant surgery is a relatively new concept. While those hair restoration physicians who have used it do seem to agree it has some benefit to help aid and expedite healing, whether or not it increases the percentage of survival is questionable at best.

You may want to take a look at Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Carman's article on our popular Hair Loss Q&A Blog site. See "Can Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Increase Hair Growth in Hair Transplant Surgery?". See also Coalition member Dr. Cooley's article on "Hair Transplant Graft Survival and Platelet Rich Plasma".

Honestly, other than Dr. Jerry Cooley, I'm not sure who else uses PRP in hair transplant surgery. Most physicians I've talked to about this seem to agree that given the minimally invasive techniques and advancements in hair transplant surgery, PRP (even if it does add some healing benefit), is not really not needed.

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