How long after hair transplant surgery should you wait before receiving PRP?

How long after hair transplant surgery should you wait before receiving PRP?

Answer written by Scott Moore at Great Directions Australia – 10th October 2015

Why wait?  If you understand PRP correctly, then you will realise that PRP should be included:
• Before receiving a hair transplant surgery
• During the actual hair transplant surgery
• After receiving hair transplant surgery


PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.   PRP is sourced from your own blood supply which contains:

  • Red Blood Cells = carry oxygen
  • White Blood Cells = fight disease
  • Platelets = repair injured and damaged cells
  • Plasma = carries nutrients to our cells
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What’s involved in a hair transplant?

During hair transplant surgery, the doctor will SURGICALLY EXTRACT hair follicles from the sides and back of the head, and then SURGICALLY TRANSPLANT them into a different area on the scalp.  The skin/scalp where the follicles were TAKEN FROM and also the skin/scalp where the follicles are TRANSPLANTED INTO will be injured – See the image to the right, it shows the trauma a hair transplant causes to the scalp.  That photo shows a patient who received ~3500 Grafts to his frontal region only.  

Any cut or injury to the scalp will signal the body to send platelets to the area to repair the damage and injured skin cells.   Therefore, if platelets are what the body relies upon to repair injured skin cells, then the MORE platelets and plasma in the area DURING and immediately AFTER hair transplant surgery should be WELCOMED!

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How many patients have we treated who received a hair transplant and included PRP with Great Directions?

Great Directions have assisted more than 1200 men & women to receive hair transplant surgery with the hair transplant clinic of their choice, and all of the patients decided to trust Great Directions to perform their PRP treatments.  Many of these patients decided to receive their hair transplant surgery overseas in India, Turkey, Thailand or the US.  Great Directions worked with the client’s hair transplant surgeon to ensure there was strong collaboration between the client’s hair transplant surgeon and the Great Directions PRP for Hair Loss practitioner.
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What PRP Treatment Timings do we recommend to clients planning a hair transplant procedure?

Great Directions have performed more PRP for Hair Loss Treatments than any other Australian Hair Regrowth or Hair Transplant Clinic because we have performed more than 6000 PRP for Hair Loss Treatments.  We have helped 1200+ hair transplant patients to plan the inclusion of PRP into their hair transplant surgery preparations.  Because of this experience, we achieve exceptional results with patients who follow the below PRP treatment time-lines:

    • 1st PRP Treatment – Ideally 6-8 weeks before the hair transplant surgery
    • 2nd PRP Treatment – Ideally 2-4 weeks before the hair transplant surgery
    • 3rd PRP Treatment – Ideally 1-3 days before the hair transplant surgery
    • 4th PRP Treatment – On the Day of the Hair Transplant Surgery – at the end of the day.
    • 5th PRP Treatment – The next day afterwards
    • 6th PRP Treatment – 2-4 days after the Hair Transplant Surgery
    • Then Monthly for each month after receiving the Hair Transplant Surgery to 6mths.
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Does PRP speed up the recovery of a hair transplant?

PRP Treatments can assist in accelerating the healing time after receiving a hair transplant procedure.  Based on our experience, it can assist in preventing scar tissue formation, minimise shock loss & accelerate the growth rate of the transplanted hair follicles.   
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What’s better Minoxidil or PRP after a hair transplant?

We are regularly told by people who have received a hair transplant procedure, that their hair transplant surgeon does not recommend PRP treatments, instead they recommend Minoxidil or Rogaine to assist with the recovery after receiving a hair transplant.  Minoxidil is a drug that increases the supply of blood to the area because it increases the size of the blood vessels in the area.  Therefore, Minoxidil increases blood supply to the hair follicle – meaning more platelets arrive to repair the injured skin and traumatised hair follicle that has been transplanted.  PRP is a more powerful treatment than Minoxidil because PRP promotes circulation and blood supply to the area AND it increases the volume and number of platelets in the area, therefore speeding up the recovery time of a hair transplant FASTER than Minoxidil. 

Is PRP a new treatment?

The first documented medical procedure involving Platelet Rich Plasma was on Open Heart Surgery in 1987.   Platelets are what our bodies rely on to repair damaged and injured cells.   In the 1990s the sports & orthopedic medical departments started to use PRP to assist in repairing joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.  Fast forward to 2015 and PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is used in General Medicine, Surgical, Orthopedic, Sports Medicine, Dentistry and of course Cosmetic Medicine.  

Great Directions have been performing PRP Platelet Rich Plasma treatments since late 2012 and have completed 6000+ PRP Treatments as at September 2015.  

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