Platelet RIch Plasma
Information on Platelet Rich Plamsa
Jill Moss Stetson
In dermatology and
cosmetic medicine, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used to treat acne,
scarring, wrinkles, and alopecia (especially in women). It is also effective for
skin rejuvenation and tightening around the eyes. It can revitalize the skin,
leaving it refreshed and rejuvenated—ultimately, the skin is stimulated and
produces more collagen. PRP therapy can be performed on areas where dermal
fillers are unsafe.
PRP therapy is a
treatment that uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth,
helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial
volume. Your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge, which enables the
separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. The plasma is
then injected into the desired location.
Generally, 2-3 treatments
from a qualified PRP provider are required for optimal results. PRP skin
treatments last from 6 months to 2 years.
After which you may need touch-ups, if necessary.
Overall, PRP is an
especially safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it
is your own blood. However, anytime a needle is placed in the body, there is a
risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. These risks do not happen often,
and are very rare.
After the PRP Injection
avoid anti-inflammatory pain medication.