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Alternatives to PRP therapy
Although it’s very effective and an appealing choice for many of our patients, PRP therapy is far from the only option available for treating hair loss. At Austin Face & Body, we offer a number of alternatives – and often prescribe a combination of approaches to ensure optimal results.
If you are interested in a surgical solution, follicular unit extraction, strip harvesting, and flap surgery can all create lasting improvement. We can discuss these alternatives with you during your private consultation and help you decide which blend of treatments is in your best interest.
The history of PRP therapy
PRP as a concept began in the field of hematology in the 1970s. At the time, hematologists used the term to define blood with high platelet counts, which was then used for blood transfusions for patients with low platelet counts.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the use of PRP expanded. Surgeons began using it in the operating room to close wounds, boost cell growth, and reduce inflammation during maxillofacial surgery, skin grafting procedures, and periodontal surgery.
From there, it became used in orthopedics to help with bone grafts, fractures, sports injuries and more. Today, therapy can be found in virtually every field of medicine – including plastic surgery, gynecology, urology, cardiac surgery, and more. Because PRP can also reduce scarring, it can play an important role in improving post-surgical and burn scars as well.