Is it standard practice for hair transplant surgeons to leave follicular unit grafts in PRP/ACell? If so, how for how long?
I cannot speak for every hair restoration physician, but it is standard operating procedure in our practice to use a combination of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and ACell as a storage solution for follicular units when they are out of the body in both our follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) cases.
The upside: It has been demonstrated to generate a statistically significant improvement in survival and caliber (thickness) of transplanted hair follicles. I’ve also found the hair growth to occur earlier and the redness to be minimized.
The downside: It demands a large, dedicated staff as the process requires a staff member to focus on the isolation and creation of the PRP as the surgical procedure is taking place.