Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Growth versus Hair Surgery

There are many advantages of getting PRP for hair growth over conventional hair transplant surgery. The following is a chart comparing the two:

PRP Hair Surgery
Cost $1500 $6000+
Procedure Time 1 hours 5-6 hours
Recovery Time None 3 weeks for healing
Hair Growth 3-6 months 6-12 months
Risk of Infection <1% 1-2%

While PRP is effective in stimulating new hair growth and thickening existing hair, its effect lasts up to 12 months. In order to sustain fuller hair, PRP needs to be given about every 9 months. With a successful hair transplant surgery, the effects are significantly longer in duration. Properly done hair surgery transplants may last years. However, hair surgery is a complicated process that must be done with precision to have desirable outcomes. The final outcome may not be seen for a year. The effects of PRP on hair growth can usually be seen in 3 months with the duration of full effect for about 9 months. Think of PRP as a long acting fertilizer for your hair and scalp. Your lawn need fertilizer to be added at least twice a year to sustain a lush lawn. The same can be said about your hair needing PRP to sustain a dramatically better appearance.

Research published by Geoge Cotsarelis, M.D.has shown that the density of hair follicle stem cells is the same in bald areas of the head as it is in areas that are growing hair. Further research by Dr. Fabio Rinaldi has shown that platelet rich plasma can stimulate these hair follicles in bald areas (alopecia) to activate and grow new hair. Another study on patients affected with hair loss showed thickening of the hair shafts after administration of PRP, resulting in a fuller appearance of growing hair.  At this time, no other therapy has shown to more consistently stimulate new hair growth. Further research is being done to better understand the process. Hopefully, one day a medication will be able to be used to more effectively reactivate these dormant hair follicles.

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About Dan Kassicieh, D.O.

Dr. Kassicieh is a Board-Certified Neurologist and is the medical director of the Florida Headache and Movement Disorder Center. He has been practicing in Sarasota for over 23 years. Dr. Kassicieh is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Neuro-psychiatrists. Both of these honors were awarded to him on the basis of his extensive research experience, medical publications and continued support of patients and their families who are affected with neurological disorders. Dr. Kassicieh is a sought-after public speaker and is frequently a presenter both within the medical community and in the public forum. He has appeared regularly on local television and is considered an expert in a number of areas within his specialty. Dr. Kassicieh’s primary medical interests are in the treatment of headache, neck and back pain. He specializes in non-surgical neuro-orthopedics. The goal in treatment of patients is to restore them to a pain free status without the use of narcotics or surgery. To this end, he has had training in Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. From his successes with this for neuro-orthopedic problems, it was only natural that he use platelet rich plasma to help patients with hair loss. Giving each patient the best quality of life is our goal at Sarasota Neurology.

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