The Science of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Rejuvenation

The Science of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Rejuvenation

What is PRP?

PRP is the “Magic Within Our Own Blood.”

Platelets are blood’s little particles that create blood clots when necessary. Platelets also contain many Growth Factors, used for rejuvenation purposes.

PRP is derived by drawing a small sterile tube of blood from your arm and spinning it in a special centrifuge to isolate and concentrate your platelets. Thus, it is your own plasma with highly concentrated platelets.

In certain patients, we use the Magellan System, which yields True PRP®, white blood cells for their Growth Factors and cytochromes. The pink color is from the few red blood cells to cushion the platelets.

There is no chance of an adverse reaction to injecting or Micro-needling your own platelets. PRP is not a synthetic product as in some skin care products. It’s natural and yours.

With Magellan, the platelets and their growth factors are concentrated 5 to 10 times the concentration found in blood.

Where can PRP be used?

Skin–rejuvenation of face, hands, décolleté, arms.
Scalp–hair growth.
Joints—inflammation, pain.

We are still discovering new areas where it can benefit patents, i.e., used with fat grafts for better “take” of the fat for faces, hands, breast, buttocks, and virtually anywhere.

Why is PRP good for your skin?

PRP growth factors repair damaged skin, promote regeneration of new cells, and repair environmental damage, e.g., smoking, sun damage, pollutants, and just aging, which result in old, thin, wrinkled skin, pigmentation abnormalities, and loss of volume and elasticity.

PRP for Hair Growth

An exciting frontier for men and women, PRP is micro-needled and/or injected into the scalp. Typically PRP “wakes up” dormant follicles which can produce hairs. PRP is also used before a hair transplant to accelerate new hair production, healing time, and even increases the growth of existing hair.

What is the history of PRP?

PRP has been studied scientifically for over 30 years in orthopedics and sports injuries to speed recovery and reduce joint pain. It’s now being used by plastic surgeons to rejuvenate damaged skin and reduce appearance of aging skin of the face, décolleté and hands and the scalp for hair restoration.

How is PRP administered?

Injected into the skin or with Micro-needling. Both techniques are relatively painless using a topical anesthetic cream.

Expectations from PRP treatments?

Initially you will see a reduction of wrinkles and a youthful glow lasting about 3 days. In 3-4 weeks: smoother, tighter, improved texture of the skin with thicker dermis and less wrinkles. Collagen production will be increased and this increases volume, a much needed side effect as we age.

Where can PRP be injected?

Typically, it is injected or Micro-needled anywhere in the face, including the eyelids or body. It is being used for hair restoration in females and males who are not hair transplantation candidates.

How many treatments are needed?

Generally, 3-4 treatments are used every 2-3 months for optimal results.

Can PRP be used with Fillers?

Yes, with fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Sculptra, etc. This combination can reduce the appearance of age ten years or more.

What is the Recovery Time following PRP Treatment?

Bruising, as from any injection, soreness and mild swelling for 1-3 days, which can be reduced by eliminating aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, fish oil, flax seed oil, and Vitamin E for two weeks before injections. There is minimal bruising when Micro-needling PRP.

Author Info

E. Ronald Finger MD