With a mutual interest to receive the best results possible from hair transplantation, supplementary treatments to hair transplants are growing in popularity. Among the most efficient and most recent as well are PRP therapy, laser hair therapy, and OxyCure therapy. The techniques vary in their benefits and methods of altering the results of hair transplantation.
A quick overview of the mentioned treatments
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment that was initially created to cater to the field of athletic injuries. However, as the perks of the techniques in addition to its versatile benefits became apparent, the applications of PRP therapy started to move to different fields such as cosmetic surgery.
The active components in the treatment are growth factors, a miscellaneous selection of extracellular signaling proteins that bind to cells in the treated area, and promote proliferation. To extract the platelet-rich plasma, a tube’s worth of blood is collected from the patient the standard way and then centrifuged. The centrifuging process separates growth factors from the remaining blood content. The extract is then injected into the target area. Since the technique utilizes the patient’s own blood cells, there is no risk of triggering an immune attack.
Aside from being an adjunct treatment to hair transplants, PRP therapy can be useful in treating multiple categories of alopecia.
Laser hair therapy
Laser hair therapy is a technology that depends on diodes to emit heat and light to stimulate energy production in the treated areas. The increased energy translates to more active metabolic functions and consequently, growth.
Laser hair therapy is a non-invasive technique that is administered via hoods equipped with light-emitting diodes. Laser hair therapy can single-handedly treat an extensive range of alopecias. In conjuncture with hair transplants, the treatment can produce monumental effects on the final results of the procedure.
An emerging treatment that unlike laser hair therapy and PRP therapy was designed from the get-go to be a supplementary treatment to hair transplants. Therefore, in comparison to PRP therapy and laser hair therapy, OxyCure addresses the smallest details in the process.
The treatment is non-invasive and is administered in a particular pressurized room where patients are supplied with 100% pure oxygen to breathe. Although simple, the changes that occur under a molecular level are awe-inspiring and cannot be otherwise achieved via alternative treatments. The controlled variables in the procedure, allow the lungs to absorb higher concentrations of oxygen, and for oxygen to diffuse from red blood cells to the plasma.
Points of comparison
Points of comparison will give you an insight into the critical aspects of how the treatments will be compared and contrasted against each other.
1-Effects on grafts pre-revascularization
To understand the objective of this factor, we have to dive deeper into the technique of hair transplants. Removing follicular units from one place and locating them into another place, is in simpler terms, cutting their direct blood supply in the original site, and relocating them to new regions with no direct contact with a blood source. Eventually, the grafts will adapt to their new areas and will form direct connections with neighbor blood vessels after three to four days. PRP therapy, OxyCure therapy, and laser hair therapy all have different consequences on the period preceding re-vascularization.
Graft survival rate prior to revascularization is estimated at 70% with factors such as oxygen deprivation.
PRP therapy has no effects on the grafts prior to revascularization. The treatment operates entirely on preserving the surviving 70% of grafts once revascularization is obtained.
Laser hair therapy
Laser hair therapy has no effects on the grafts prior to revascularization. The treatment operates entirely on preserving the surviving 70% of grafts once revascularization is obtained.
The period before grafts connect to direct supply in the new region; grafts depend entirely on plasma to get oxygen. The levels of oxygen in plasma are often deficient and can sustain, on average, around 70% of the grafts. Because the revascularization process cannot be speeded up, increasing the oxygen content in the plasma is the ideal approach to overcoming graft loss induced by oxygen deprivation.
The controlled environment in OxyCure therapy allows oxygen to diffuse from red blood cells to the plasma, dramatically increasing the oxygen content in the latter. consequently, with more oxygen to deliver, the survival rate of grafts increases to 98%.
2- Effects on blood circulation in the region
This point refers to the effects of the selected treatment on blood circulation and growth in the region after revascularization.
PRP therapy stimulates metabolic activity in the treated area and hence stimulates growth while preserving the initial number of surviving grafts.
Laser hair therapy
Laser hair therapy increases energy production for molecular activity and proliferation. The treatment aims to maintain the initial amount of surviving grafts
The increased oxygen levels stimulate energy production in the cells and consequently metabolic activity for proliferation
3- Effects on the recovery period
Recovery periods after hair transplants are generally two weeks long give or take.
PRP therapy accelerates recovery period by 20-30%
Laser hair therapy
Laser hair therapy accelerates recovery period by 20-30%
OxyCure therapy accelerates recovery period by 50-70% because unlike laser hair therapy and PRP therapy, the effects of OxyCure treatment spread all over the body and not just the treated area. Therefore, with a stronger immune system and body, recovery periods can be significantly compressed.
As adjunct treatments to hair transplants, OxyCure therapy has the most significant effect on post-surgery care. Because unlike laser hair therapy and PRP therapy, OxyCure was designed from the get-go to be a supplementary treatment to hair transplants. PRP therapy and laser hair therapy were initially invented for alternative purposes and found their way to the realm of hair transplants later on.
To learn more about any of the techniques, contact Vera Clinic.