PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma

You may have heard of PRP treatments, PRP skin rejuvenation or PRP facelifts. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, and PRP treatments refer to injections of platelet rich plasma to areas needing rejuvenation. PRP is a new form of regenerative treatment that utilises platelets found in our own blood.

Platelet rich plasma used in skin rejuvenation (or for any other purpose) is a thick liquid separated from a sample of drawn blood. When a tube full of blood is spun in a centrifuge, the thick platelet-rich fraction—the PRP—drops to the bottom. The PRP is then injected into the skin or area needing treatment.

Because the PRP comes from each person’s own blood and is subjected to only minimal processing before being re-injected, PRP treatments are considered safe. However, the same cannot necessarily be said if the plasma is processed to any significant degree or has been stored for a long period of time.

PRP is rich in growth factors that speed up healing. One of the key functions of the platelets in our blood is to repair cuts, tears or wounds on the skin, blocking further blood loss. Any wound to the skin causes a cascade of biological processes aimed at facilitating healing. Some of these are also beneficial for stimulating skin rejuvenation. Although many aspects of this process are not completely understood, it is known that growth factors found on the surface of platelets stimulate collagen production in the skin. This is one of the properties of PRP that is useful for skin rejuvenation treatments.

PRP has been used in facial rejuvenation since 2006 and much longer for other medical purposes. PRP has been tested and used for bone, muscle and wound healing, and in facial plastic surgery, among other applications. PubMed.gov, of the US National Library of Medicine yields over 6,000 published research papers on the qualities and uses of platelet rich plasma. While many studies have found benefits in using PRP, a few have failed to find a significant improvement.

Facial rejuvenation using PRP is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US right now.  In the US, the procedure of injecting platelet rich plasma for facial rejuvenation is referred to as the “vampire facelift”.

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  • MAYDAY says:

    Today i went for PRP for my arthritic knee. Going to the doctor for it to be injected, he found it was impossible as the plasma came out of the device like thick custard and was impossible to inject into the knee. He changed needles several times but it still came through far too thick to be injected. Can you give any reason for this? In the end there was just about 2ml which was clear and was injected. It had been difficult to draw blood in the first instance. What could this thickness be due to? Many thanks for your ideas.

    • Costhetics says:

      Hi,
      Thanks for your question. The platelet-rich portion of the blood is thicker than the rest of the blood. However, I’m not aware of any issues that could cause it to become too thick to be injected. I would suggest discussing the matter with the doctor who you saw for the PRP treatment.

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