Hair transplantation is a rather effective surgery that produces excellent results in most patients. However, while the transplantation procedure makes every effort to preserve hair follicles during transfer, even well preserved follicles don’t always grow hair as well as they did before the transfer. For a variety of reasons, some transplanted follicles simply cease functioning after transfer.
The purpose of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) in hair transplantation is to increase the number of hair follicles that continue to operate at peak efficiency after the transfer. This procedure is rather safe, effective, and mostly painless. If you want to ensure that your hair transplantation is as efficient as possible, a hair transplantation with PRP in Toronto from Dr. Chivers is the best way to maximize new hair growth in a location where you are are experiencing hair loss.
PRP is used in conjunction with other hair transplantation procedures. PRP works by taking platelets from your blood and using them to help follicles grow better after transfer and to decrease the scarring caused by your transplantation procedure. Because these follicles are taken directly from your body, there is no potential for rejection, which makes this procedure quite safe.
As far as the patient is concerned, PRP is quite simple. A short time before your surgery, a staff member at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre will take some of your blood. This blood is then placed in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. These platelets are then used to help reinvigorate hair growth in your follicles and protect them from damage and dehydration during the transplantation procedure.
Candidates for hair transplantation with PRP are almost exactly the same set of people that are candidates for any other type of transplantation. The added step of drawing blood may disqualify a very small selection of patients that have medical problems limiting how they can give blood, but the majority of such patients would be unable to have the surgery anyway.
The most common candidates for this procedure are patients that have previously had hair transplantation surgery during which more than the average number of hair follicles performed poorly after transfer. For these patients, including PRP in the hair transplantation process is an ideal way to ensure that the procedure provides better results in the future. As always, Dr. Chivers will determine if there are any impediments to you having the procedure performed during the initial consultation.
The recovery time for hair transplantation with PRP is effectively identical to the hair transplantation procedure without PRP. The entry point for the needle that took your blood will be bruised for a few days and may slightly limit your mobility in the appropriate limb, but any pain and limitation will go away long before recovery for the hair transplantation is complete, which usually takes about 3-4 weeks. If bruising lasts longer than expected or you see any sign of infection in the injection site, contact the staff at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre immediately.
If you are experiencing hair loss and live in the Toronto area, hair transplantation with PRP is one of the most efficient surgical procedures for restoring lost hair. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chivers today in order to get started on restoring hair to your head in order to feel better about the way you look.