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Hair Transplant or PRP: Which one is better? And why?


Loss of or thinning of hair is a common issue both in men and women. This phenomenon occurs due to the conversion of testosterone into DHT, i.e. dihydrotestosterone, which results in male pattern baldness.

However, the latest advancements in treatment methods have zeroed down on two major ways by which this issue can be addressed- Hair transplant and PRP. Let’s find out which one is better and more recommended than the other, and why?

What is PRP?

PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy is a three-step process designed to naturally stimulate hair growth both in men and women.  In this treatment, your blood is drawn, analyzed and processed, and injected into the hair scalp.

This works as a trigger for natural hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles within the scalp. Since the blood supply to the hair follicles increases, the thickness of the hair shaft also increases. PRP treatment takes time, around 5-8 months, to show results and is not a permanent solution to male pattern baldness.

What is hair transplant?

Hair transplant is when scalp from the back of your head is grafted onto the top of your head where baldness usually occurs in men. It is a surgical process that guarantees, although not immediate, but long-lasting results.

One may encounter hair shedding soon after transplant, which can be quite alarming at first. However, post this, hair starts to reappear and the effects of hair restoration become more apparent and visible.

It may take anywhere between 3-4 months for you to sport a head full of hair. This treatment method is long-lasting and provides a complete and permanent solution for hair regrowth.

Therefore, if you are looking to get rid of your hair loss issue forever, then opt for hair restoration through the hair transplant treatment. But PRP is the most recommended for all other types of hair fall issues that you may be facing.  

Which one is better?

PRP is recommended for people who face hair loss and thinning of hair at the initial stages. Medications, side effects, and wrong dietary habits also pave way for hair loss. This can be set straight by PRP treatment.

However, if you’ve been facing hair fall issue since a long time and nothing seems to be working out in your favor, it is time to get a hair transplant done. Hair transplant is a permanent solution for a balding head and a receding hairline, especially in men.

Both treatments take anywhere between 4-7 months for their good results to manifest themselves in due course of time. An individual may be advised against PRP if they are into smoking, drinking, drugs, or any sort of unhealthy lifestyle.

Summing it up:

These are the standard rules that apply to most cases and individuals who are dealing with double minds as far as their hair loss issue is concerned. Having said that, taking expert opinion in this regard is highly recommended.

Many factors like age, genetics, lifestyle, diet, health history and medications also come into play when choosing the right kind of treatment. A hair expert from The Derm Lab will be better able to tell you, as per your own exclusive case, what type of treatment will suit you best.

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