Restoration with PRP
NeoGraft Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration with PRP
Thinning hair and hair loss are issues that we often associate with older men, but these problems can happen to anyone at any age. There are many reasons for hair loss, some that may even surprise you. Whether it is caused by your age, diet, hormone levels, or genetics, experiencing hair loss can be embarrassing. Thankfully, there are many products and procedures available to help quickly and discretely treat these conditions. The innovative NeoGraft hair transplant procedure is a great alternative to traditional methods of filling your hair line, while PRP for hair loss and thinning hair is popular for its rejuvenating properties. Keep reading to learn more about how PRP and NeoGraft are being used for hair restoration.
What is NeoGraft with PRP?
This technique uses your body’s natural healing abilities through the process of utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, to improve the results of your NeoGraft hair restoration procedure. NeoGraft is an innovative and minimally invasive hair restoration procedure. It is an automated hair transplant system that harvests hair follicles during Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This improves the speed and precision when compared to traditional, manual methods. NeoGraft provides discrete and natural results for both men and women.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrated blend of platelets that are taken from your own blood. Platelets are involved in wound healing and clotting. They are meant to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. PRP therapy is often used in sports medicine to heal athletic injuries. When these two treatments are combined, patients usually have a shorter recovery time and longer lasting results.
How NeoGraft with PRP Works
The PRP process begins with drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. This blood is then spun in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelet rich plasma from the other layers of blood. Once the plasma is separated it may be used to increase the body’s natural healing process. Although PRP can be used for hair restoration on its own, it has been proven most effective when combined with hair restoration treatments. Prior to the procedure, the PRP is injected where the grafts will be placed to optimize the results of the NeoGraft. This gives that area a more concentrated amount of growth cells, speeding the healing process. The PRP injections do not create any extra scarring or recovery time.
NeoGraft is a simple hair transplant procedure that provides the outstanding results of a restored hairline. It works by removing hair from the donor area; hair that is genetically adapted to resist testosterone. This area is found on the back of the patient’s head. Then grafts are extracted using controlled pneumatic pressure, each the same diameter and length. These grafts are removed gently without any pulling or twisting. The surgeon the creates recipient sites. These sites are artistically placed and designed for the patient’s specific hairline and face shape. Grafts are then ready to be transplanted into the balding and thinning areas on the patient’s head. Each one is precisely and expertly placed to guarantee natural results. Combining PRP with the NeoGraft procedure aids in the healing, growth, and density of the transplanted hair.
Recovery and Results
Immediately following your procedure the outline of your new hairline will be visible, but it will not yet be full and thick. It takes months for full results of NeoGraft with PRP to become apparent. For a time, the recipient and donor areas may appear red, swollen, and irritated. These side effects usually dissipate within a week after your procedure. Two to three weeks after treatment you may notice that your transplanted hair has begun to fall out; this is normal. It is your hair going through a natural growth cycle. Hair sheds so new healthy hair can begin to grow. Your hair will continue to grow and become thicker over the next few months following your NeoGraft with PRP procedure. Results will take time, as your hair’s growth cycle does not complete in one night. The results are well worth it.
About the Hair Growth Cycle
Your hair is always in one of the four possible hair growth phases. These phases are known as anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen. During the anagen phase, also known as the growth phase, your hair begins to grow. At any time up to 90% of your hair can be in this phase. The anagen phase lasts, on average, three to five years. Also, this is the phase that determines the length of your hair. As we age, the anagen phase becomes shorter. This can cause hair to grow thinner and weaker after each cycle. The catagen phase is the second part of the cycle and usually lasts ten days. At this time the hair follicle begins to shrink and become detached from the dermal papilla. Then comes the telogen phase. This is the time when old hair “rests”, 10-15% of your hair is undergoing this at any time. Shedding and hair loss occur during the exogen phase, on average a healthy scalp loses fifty to one hundred and fifty hairs per day. When hair follicles are healthy, after old hair detaches from the head or sheds, new hair will begin to grow.
PRP and Hair Restoration
PRP can be used without a hair transplant procedure to help stimulate hair growth as well. The growth factors that are found in PRP have been proven to increase the amount of hair, hair thickness, and the length of the anagen phase of hair growth. This is a great alternative for those who have noticed their hair is thinning, but are not yet in need of a hair transplant. The results will appear with your natural hair growth and will not appear overnight. The injections should be performed every three to six months to achieve optimal results. It is recommended to combine PRP with other hair restoration treatments, such as hair transplants or topical treatments.
If you would like to learn more about PRP and the NeoGraft procedure, give our office a call today.