Regenerative Medicine 101
PRP has been used aesthetically, all over the world, in a variety of ways.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. A high-quality PRP system can concentrate platelets 6-10 times greater than what is usual in blood. The platelets contain growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor, epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor, and connective tissue growth factor. Blood is drawn from the patient and is then placed in a centrifuge to spin at high speeds. This allows the platelet-rich plasma to separate from the blood. The PRP is then injected into the affected area. Targeted delivery of these growth factors to injured tissues can accelerate and promote the healing cascade within your body.
PRP Injections. Platelet-rich plasma is injected into the appropriate areas with very small needles and the high platelet concentration stimulates the growth of new collagen, revitalizes skin tissue, and leads to naturally smooth and firm skin. PRP treatments get rid of wrinkles and create a smoother skin feel and tone. PRP injection treatments are becoming a preferred facial rejuvenation method due to their overall enhancement and natural appearance.
Microneedling with PRP is used to minimize the appearance of scarring and stretch marks. The usage of microneedling is to initiate collagen synthesis. This has been achieved by causing minute injury to the dermis with the use of microneedles. The needles used are so fine and thin that tissue damage is almost nonexistent. The “nerve stimulus,” transmitted by electrical signals, triggers the cascade of the healing process, discharging growth signals to cells.
Fibroblasts migrate to the pinpricks, initiating wound closure. This natural tissue remodeling continues for 8 weeks to 1 year, with patients noticing a difference within the first 3 weeks.
- PRP treatments can be used on all skin types and tones
- Minimal swelling, bruising, and redness within the first 12-24 hrs
- Patients will notice improvement in skin texture and tone within 3 weeks
PRP for hair growth. PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth by increasing blood circulation and supplying needed nutrients. PRP is injected into the scalp or it can be rubbed on the scalp after a dermaroller (skin needling device with multiple little surgical needles) treatment is used in the areas which suffer from hair loss. The treatment not only promotes hair growth but strengthens the hair follicles as well. People with thinning hair and those with androgenetic alopecia (hair loss at the top of the scalp and a receding hairline, particularly along the temples, also known as male pattern baldness), as well as women with male pattern alopecia can all benefit from these treatments.