PRP therapy, laser treatment, and Oxy Cure therapy are some of the most prevalent solutions initially designed for alternative cellular issues, but as their benefits developed, so did their applications. Expanding beyond the confinements of their intrinsic purposes, the above treatments were soon being tested for hair loss. For the treatment of hair loss, the results varied depending on the underlying cause. It was found that the selected treatments are more efficient when in conjuncture with hair transplants.
Hair loss is a natural process and crucial element of the hair cycle, on average it is expected to lose around 100 hairs per day, and in most cases the natural cycle presumes, and the hairs are replaced. In other instances, the loss is permanent due to reversible and irreversible factors.
In the following article, we will discuss how the treatments vary in treating various hair loss conditions in addition to how the treatments affect the results of hair transplants.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy was initially created for the incentive of treating athletic injuries. However, due to the versatile effects of the significant components and their vast application arrays, PRP therapy soon found its place in various fields of dermatology and cosmetic surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma is a reservoir of growth factors that function as extracellular signaling proteins. The versatile range of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma is the primary contributor to its equally versatile treatment applications. Growth factors are naturally occurring in the body, although at lower concentrations, and bind to cells to trigger positive molecular mechanisms and cascades of signaling that stimulate proliferation.
To obtain platelet-rich plasma, a tube full of blood is drawn from the patient the standard way. The sample is then centrifuged to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the remaining contents, and the extract is injected in target areas.
The effects of PRP are exclusive to the target area and do not influence growth in other body areas. The concentrated solution of growth factors of myriad functions stimulates growth in follicular units. PRP therapy is effective in conditions of hair loss that arise from reversible factors such as dietary and age-related factors. When coupled with nutrient-rich eating plans, PRP can have monumental consequences on hair growth in the following cases.
As for irreversible factors, PRP therapy is effective on female pattern hair loss, not as much on male pattern hair loss and traumatic alopecia that is typically reversed with hair transplants.
Effects of PRP therapy on hair transplants
To fathom the benefits of PRP therapy, it is essential to have some knowledge of how hair transplants operate. The majority of irreversible hair loss that requires the intervention of hair transplants are characterized by predictable stable regions of hair growth and balding scalp. Grafts are extracted from regions of stable growth and located in incisions created on the recipient site. The extraction process cute blood supply of grafts which often need around three days to reconnect to directly blood source in the new region in a process known as revascularisation. The period preceding revascularisation is relatively stressful for the grafts and estimate of 30% of grafts are lost during this period.
PRP therapy may accelerate revascularisation to a certain extent, but most of its effects are focused on preserving follicular growth in the period following revascularisation to dramatically minimize graft loss through activating and promoting cellular activity for proliferation after hair transplants and strengthening the hair. In addition to stimulating the production of elements necessary for growth, PRP triggers the production of influential factors in healing to lower the standard recovery period and ensure a non-problematic progression of recovery.
PRP therapy procedure
PRP therapy is a quick procedure performed in estimated for one hour and a half. Blood is drawn later centrifuged, and PRP is obtained. The injections are performed and are not painful. Because the cells are extracted from the patient, injecting them back into the scalp will not induce an immune attack or symptoms of discomfort.
PRP is applied once per month, and patients may need anywhere between one to eight sessions. The assigned sessions are planned according to individual variation in terms of hair loss progression.
Oxy Cure therapy
Oxy Cure therapy is a recent treatment invented by the Vera Clinic research team. The treatment complements hair transplant results and provides the procedure with the final push it needs to reach its threshold. The allure of hair relies mostly upon its density and volume, which is influential to creating an assertive shadow around an individual. When follicular units are relocated to their new locations, their connection with their original blood source is abruptly terminated. Relying on the trivial concentrations of oxygen found in the plasma, up to to 30% of the graft denature in the period prior to revascularisation. Revascularization, the process by which grafts connect to blood sources in the new region takes on the least three days.
The loss of up to 30% of the transplanted grafts is an obstacle that stands between patients and the perfect results. Oxy Cure therapy was designed exclusively for the purpose of reviving and maintaining the most number of grafts post-implantation possible. To achieve their incentive, the Vera Clinic research team led by Dr. Kazim Sipahi, found that through increasing the blood content in the blood, the results of hair transplants were dramatically altered towards the patients’ benefits and desires. Providing patients with 100% pure oxygen under a controlled environment, blood content all over the body, plasma included, increases which produce monumental sequences.
Much of the advantages of Oxy Cure therapy are related to hair transplants, unlike PRP therapy and laser hair therapy, Oxy Cure cannot reverse hair loss conditions on its own. The salient activity is exclusively activated post hair transplants.
Effects of Oxy Cure therapy on hair transplants
1– 98% survival rate of grafts
The principal impact of Oxy Cure therapy on hair transplants is projected on the survival rates of follicular units, where instead of the typical 70% the estimation leaps to 98%. The sudden acceleration in rates is attributed to the increased oxygen content within the plasma. The pressure-controlled environment and pure oxygen are all contributing factors to facilitating the diffusion of oxygen from red blood cells to plasma, consequently rapidly increasing oxygen concentrations in the plasma.
Acting as the carrier of oxygen during the period preceding revascularisation, oxygen-rich plasma during Oxy Cure therapy can sufficiently sustain follicular units with their elemental needs all throughout the scalp. Since there are no restrictions on resources, the entire set of transplanted grafts regain support.
2– Faster recovery periods
Although the incisions and wounds created in FUE hair transplants are relatively minuscule, the exhaust they body’s energy to heal. Intrinsically, wounds lower oxygen levels in the area, which halts healing. A significant factor in the process of healing is collagen, a protein that forms the texture of scabs to patch any openings on the skin. To produce substantial amounts of the required protein, the process will require equally substantial amounts of energy. Due to the inherent lack of oxygen, the period of recovery is estimated at two weeks.
However, because the effects of Oxy Cure therapy are widespread as opposed to the local treatment of alternative treatments. Since Oxy Cure therapy targets the body’s medium of transportation, the boosted levels of oxygen are delivered all over the body. As a result, wounded areas are given a fair supply of energy that allows for rapid production of collagen, and therefore, faster healing rates and lower recovery periods.
3– No swelling
Swelling is among the first symptoms that surface nearly instantly after surgery. Patients are often given a headband to compress the scalp as an attempt to reduce swelling. In addition, patients are asked to follow particular post-surgery instructions to eliminate perpetuating the symptoms. Which include sleeping at inclined angles and avoiding strenuous physical activity. Swelling is a sign that emerges as decreased levels of oxygens, therefore the appearance of swelling and be entirely terminated upon the application of Oxy Cure therapy. Every patient is admitted to two sessions: one directly after surgery, and the other the following day. The purpose of the primary session is to suppress the phenomenon of swelling immediately after surgery.
4– Lower risks of infection
As was stated in the effusions above, the benefits of Oxy Cure on cellular activity are not exclusive to the treated area. In other words, the cellular activity of various tissues and organs is heightened, and this includes the immune system. Typically, FUE transplants are classed as low-risk procedures. However, the possibility of an infection is still present. Oxy Cure promotes the body’s line of defense and anti-microbial activity to lower the possibility of an infection to lower expectations. Coupled with strict abidance to aftercare instructions, Oxy Cure guarantees an obstacle-free progression.
Oxy Cure therapy procedure
To obtain the benefits of Oxy Cure therapy, patients are treated in oxygen chambers of hyperbaric pressure conditions. The pressure in the rooms is nearly 2.5 fold higher than atmospheric pressure, to allow lungs to absorb larger amounts of oxygen than under normal conditions. Compressed pressure facilitates the diffusing of oxygen from red blood cells to plasma. Aside from the pressure factor, patients are given 100% pure oxygen to breathe. The precisely calculated elements cooperate to establish a solid foundation on which the pros of the treatment unwind, pushing the results to their optimal threshold.
Patients are advised to take sit through two sessions, one right after surgery, and the other is scheduled for the following day. The duration of the session is an hour.
Laser hair therapy
Laser hair therapy is an FDA approved a treatment that goes by a versatile range of names such as, soft laser, red light therapy, cold laser, and biosimulation. The technology depends on heat and light to stimulate cellular activity that is beneficial in the hamstringing symptoms of androgenic alopecia or pattern balding in men and women; in addition to a variety of other conditions.
Laser hair therapy utilizes devices such as overhead panels to emit diodes of red light at the 630-670 nanometer wavelength for its ability to penetrate the scalp. Under a molecular lense, the photons emitted initially act on cytochrome C oxidase, to trigger the production of ATP, and consequently cyclic AMP to burst into energy used to fuel a cascade of necessary metabolic processes to promote proliferation. In turn, nitric oxide is released from cells which result in increased vascularization in the treated area, providing the hair roots with essential nutrients and oxygen.
To understand the effects of laser hair therapy as an individual treatment to hair transplants, the mechanism of androgenic alopecia and hair growth cycle need to be deciphered. Androgenic alopecia or male pattern hair loss is a condition that results in the miniaturization of follicular units. The notorious symptoms of androgenic alopecia are the effect of DHT; an aggressive derivative of testosterone.
Laser hair therapy counteracts the effects of androgenic alopecia through the breaking down of DHT and prevention of its accumulation. In addition to dismantling DHT, laser hair therapy creates a nutritious healthy foundation for growth. Among the versatile benefits that laser hair therapy stimulate, is altering the hair growth cycle. Compromising of three phases; The anagen (growth phase), the telogen (resting phase), and finally the catagen phase (shedding phase). the effects of laser hair therapy stimulate metabolism in phases of growth and resting, and delaying the shedding phase.
Coupled with healthy lifestyle changes and treatment of the underlying cause, laser hair therapy can treat hair loss as long as the follicular unit is not damaged.
Effects of Laser hair therapy on hair transplants
Laser hair therapy can stimulate blood flow post revascularization to increase oxygen and nutrient delivery in the scalp which dramatically affects growth and healing rates.
Laser hair therapy procedure
Laser hair therapy is administered by a professional in a salon, a bonnet is placed on the patient’s head where diodes emit laser for a period of eight to fifteen minutes. As an adjunct treatment to hair transplants, a few sessions are sufficient for desired effects. However, as a separate hair loss treatment, a patient may need to be consistent with the treatment. Anywhere from two sessions a week spread out on a year is considered an effective treatment plan.
Table of comparison
PRP hair therapy
Oxy Cure therapy
Laser hair therapy
Effects on accelerating revascularization
Effects on graft survival pre revascularization
Salient, 98% survival rate
Trivial, the standard 70%
Effects on recovery periods
Moderate, a 20-30% increase in recovery rates
Significant, a 50-70% increase in recovery rates
Moderate, a 20-30% increase in recovery rates.
Efficiency as a separate treatment for hair loss
How far the effects of treatment travel
All over the body
All three treatments are effective as adjunct treatments to hair transplants for phenomenal results. However, the order of gradation of increasing efficiency places Oxy Cure therapy as the lead, with PRP therapy and laser hair therapy on the same wavelength of efficiency. Oxy Cure brings about phenomenal results because it is exclusively the single treatment to deliver oxygen through plasma during the period preceding revascularization which consequently increases the standard 70% graft survival rate to 98%. The period of revascularization can not be accelerated, and it will typically take three days for grafts to make contact direct contact with a blood supply. In the meantime, grafts rely on the trivial amounts of oxygen concentrations found in the plasma.
Owing to the properties of Oxy Cure, and its drastic effects on increasing oxygen content in the plasma, it remains thus far, the single treatment to have dramatic effects on both, graft survival rates and healing rates. On the other hand, PRP therapy and laser hair therapy, although ineffective in the period preceding revascularization, the techniques stimulate metabolic activity that sustains the 70% of remaining grafts post revascularization, with moderate effects on accelerating recovery.
Unlike PRP therapy and Laser hair therapy, the effects of Oxy Cure are widespread. In other words, in addition to their phenomenal consequences on hair transplants, Oxy Cure increases oxygen content all over the body and enhancing various metabolic and molecular activity.
To learn more about either treatments, contact the Vera Clinic.