Hair Transplants vs. PRP Therapy: Which Option is Best?

If you’re currently looking for a solution for hair loss, you’ve more than likely already come across both hair transplants andPlatelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy as options.

If you’re still unsure about which option is right for you, here are a couple pros and cons to consider.

PRP Therapy vs. Hair Transplants: The Pros and Cons

One of the main reasons why so many professionals tend to recommend PRP therapy over hair transplants is because you will be using your own plasma to encourage natural hair growth.

Basically, a small vial of your blood is withdrawn and processed in order to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The plasma is then injected back into the scalp in the areas that the hair is thinning in order to stimulate natural hair growth.

Often, micro-needling is also used in conjunction with PRP therapy in order to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Cost Comparison

Hair transplants can be up to four times more expensive than a series of PRP sessions.

Most hair transplant surgeons will charge up to $20,000, while a series of PRP treatments at Man Cave in Sydney will only cost you around a quarter of that, making it a much more affordable option.

PRP pros

  • Back by science
  • No surgery required
  • No downtime
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Suitable for men and women
  • Natural hair regrowth is strong and healthy
  • Receding hairlines can be improved within 6 months
  • Treatments only take an hour
  • The entire scalp is treated

PRP cons

  • Only certain candidates can be treated effectively
  • Candidates over a certain age will see little to no results
  • Patients need an adequate amount of existing hair follicles for the treatment to work
  • Prescribed hair products will need to be used
  • Treatments will be required for at least 6 months before results can be seen
  • Ongoing treatments will be required

Hair transplant pros

  • Can be an effective solution for most hair loss candidates
  • Results in a fuller head of hair
  • Regrowth patterns can be customised

Hair transplant cons

  • Advanced hair loss and balding can be difficult to treat
  • Patients need to have adequate hair growth in healthy follicles on donor sites
  • Very costly
  • Transplant procedure can last several hours
  • Highly-invasive and painful procedure
  • Hair loss of 10% to 20% is not uncommon
  • Hair regrowth may look a lot different to your natural hair
  • Transplants tend to have an unnatural appearance
  • Potential loss of sensation
  • Results only seen after about 6 months with possible follow up treatments being required
  • Risk of scarring

Overall, the benefits of PRP therapy for hair loss far outweigh the cons and it is a much more affordable option for those looking to achieve a fuller head of hair in less than a year. The fact that it is also minimally invasive makes it far more appealing than hair transplants.