A study published by the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery suggests that combining Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplants was extremely successful in enhancing the quality of results gained by the hair transplant. This study was conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery of the Aura Skin Institute situated in Chandigarh, India.

What Was Studied?

Combining PRP injections to Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplants was extremely successful in enhancing the quality of results gained by the hair transplant

The study population taken for analysing the data gained by the research were between twenty and fifty-five years of age, suffering from an advanced stage of Androgenic Alopecia, which is a condition that causes hair loss mostly in men. For three months prior to the study, the participants were mandatorily required to stop all treatments related to Androgenic Alopecia. This helped in eliminating bias and in improving the accuracy of the results in this study. If any patient suffered from a known autoimmune disease, bleeding disorders, or were taking regular anticoagulant medications, they were excluded from the study as well. 

PRP

The forty patients were randomly split into two groups of twenty patients each. One group receiving hair transplant treatments were injected with normal saline. This was the control group. The other twenty patients were injected with PRP during their hair transplantation. Follow-ups of the scalp were taken at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. 

The Results

For most of the hair transplant patients who had PRP, the three month follow-up had significantly better results than the patients who underwent the hair transplant with the saline injections. The results found that the group that had PRP injected along with the hair transplant showed to improve the density of hair on the scalp, reduce the loss of transplanted hair, and improve the action of hair follicles that may have been inactive at hair growth before the transplant was done. Thus, it can be concluded that PRP is quickly finding its place in becoming a staple treatment option within the cosmetic industry even in respect to hair regrowth.

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SOURCE: Garg, S. (2016). Outcome of intra-operative injected platelet-rich plasma therapy during follicular unit extraction hair transplant: a prospective randomised study in forty patients. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 9(3), 157. (APA) Read here.

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