Which is the better technique - Hair Transplant or PRP?

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Which is the better technique – Hair Transplant or PRP?

Published on June 4, 2019
Which is the better technique - Hair Transplant or PRP

A pate with fully grown hair makes a person appear attractive and young. However, there can be times when hair starts thinning and eventually fall owing to a plethora of reasons. These include medical conditions like thyroid disease, alopecia areata, stress, heredity, or infections from ringworm etc. Once the scalp starts to lose hair it may open the floodgates to anxiety, lack of confidence, and even ridicule. In a society that puts a premium on looks, premature hair fall can cause anxiety, stress or even lead a person to depression. And if the person suffering from such a condition is employed in industries like airlines, entertainment or fashion, then it might end up harming his or her career prospects as well.

So, is there a way out? In earlier times (or even today in most places), the remedy would have included the use of hair oils. Even though the organic way of fighting the scare would involve following routines such as – taking adequate sleep, keeping away from stress, scalp massage, and eating healthy food, these are long drawn that may or may not yield the desired results. Although following the above mentioned advices can be made a part of one’s daily routine, it is better to go for a quick fix but an effective one that lasts a lifetime. The answer to this conundrum lies in hair transplant surgery. However, when it comes to to choosing an effective hair loss treatment in India, there are two ways to go about it – hair transplant and PRP. Let us understand these in some detail and find out the better technique.

The benefits of hair transplantation surgery

The procedure yields permanent hair follicles as only the healthy ones are extracted from the donor area. This is more evident in the FUT technique where a slice of the hair bearing scalp is extracted.

The need to pay extra for maintenance is minimal as only the natural hair follicles from one’s scalp or body are extracted. Moreover, the procedure involves less followup action as the hair follicles are merely transplanted from one part of the body to another.

Post regeneration of the transplanted hair, the person can shave, trim, cut or style as per his or her wish.

Since the hair transplant procedure in Agra does not involve any regular usage of medication, the overall cost gets reduced.

How hair transplant surgery fits into hair restoration services.

The process involves making slits on the scalp and carrying out graft implantation on the patient. It consists of two processes namely, Stitchless Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Let us discuss these hair transplant procedures.

Stitchless Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): Here, individual grafts are extracted one at a time from the donor area of the scalp with the help of a small round punch device of varying sizes between 0.75mm to 1.3mm. This low motorized torque device goes about extracting individual follicular units. The hair transplant surgeon makes tiny incisions around the hair follicle prior to extracting them. The hair follicles are chosen from the donor area as these are not affected by the adrogenenic alopecia pattern of hair loss and retain their quality even when they are being transplanted to the front of the scalp for grafting. The benefits of FUE include:

It creates larger donor pools as the surgeon can take hair follicles from other areas of the body as well like the beard.

Ensures the best density of hair combining natural direction and angulation.

FUE can be done with grey hair follicles as well.

Less invasive surgery compared to FUT.

Does not cause any visual scarring in the donor area.

Involves short sessions of treatment.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): In this technique, a strip of the hair bearing scalp is extracted from the back of the head (read the donor site), gets divided into individual follicular units and then transplanted to the balding area of the scalp (read the recipient site). The benefits include the following.

Better hair yield when compared to other hair transplant procedures.

A large number of hair follicles can be transplanted in a single session.

Offers a natural cosmetic effect once the hair starts to grow.

The FUT technique has been further modified by Dr Satya Saraswat (MS, M.Ch, DNB), the Chief Consultant at the Saraswat Hospital in Agra and notably the best doctor for hair transplant in India, at the 24th World Congress of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Las Vegas, USA in October 2016. He showed the world as to how the strip of hair can be extracted with minimum effort and involving minimal bleeding. Furthermore, Dr Saraswat showed how the strip can be preserved efficiently containing the underlying neurovascular bundles.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma is considered to be one of the best hair restoration procedures as it contains the concentrated form of blood plasma protein, which helps in the growth of hair. The PRP solution is used to hold the graft or even injected into the scalp – both in the recipient and donor areas. PRP is an evolving area of research with ABHRS certified Dr Satya Saraswat and Dr. Preeti Saraswat working at the Saraswat Hospital in Agra evincing keen interest.

The benefits of the procedure are given below –

The growth factors and proteins present in the plasma induce hair growth.

It results in a faster healing of the wound.

Strengthens a poor donor or recipient area.

Enhances the yield rate of the graft.

Conclusion

Since PRP is an evolving area requiring more research, it is better to opt for hair transplantation in India comprising FUT or FUE techniques. These advanced techniques can be availed from renowned ABHRS certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr Satya Saraswat and Dr Preeti Saraswat at the Saraswat Hospital in Agra to get the best results.

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