Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma, commonly known as PRP, is being increasingly recognized for its role in healing and rejuvenation. PRP is a component of blood, rich in platelets, obtained by separating red blood cells from blood and centrifuging the resultant plasma again at a high speed until the denser platelets settle to the bottom of the centrifuge tube. The top portion of the plasma is called Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) and isn’t normally used for esthetic purposes. People are attracted to PRP because it is both effective and natural since it is derived from your own blood.
PRP contains and releases various bioactive proteins, growth factors, and interleukins. This is associated with different cellular and biological processes, including cellular proliferation, differentiation, and tissue reconstruction.
Top Aesthetic trends in 2020 in the USA include:
- PRP to prevent hair loss
- PRP Skin Resurfacing
- Filler products like Teosyl Redensity and Restylane Kysse
- No downtime laser rejuvenation (with Q switched and Picosecond lasers)
- The “LITLIFT” using sprinkles of Botox and Fillers.
- Minimally invasive skin tightening
- Preventative Injectable
- Bespoke Lip augmentation combining fillers and Botox
- Micro-needling with Radiofrequency with LED and/or PRP add-on
- Masseter Botox for TMJ Disorder and Jaw slimming PRP is in 3 of the 10 listed above!
PRP in Healing and Regenerative Medicine:
PRP helps by releasing biological growth factors, suppressing cytokine secretion, and reducing bacterial infection. PRP treatment helps in re-epithelialization and creating new blood vessels in the area of injury, hence is super effective in sports injuries and post-operative healing. Physicians have used PRP in joint and tendon injuries and also in burns, which has yielded great results and no side-effects. PRP can be used thus as a therapeutic and complementary method for musculoskeletal conditions.
PRP in Aesthetic Medicine:
- Skin Rejuvenation: Skin aging is related to sun damage and decreased and damaged production of collagen and elastin. PRP is a powerhouse of growth factors and biologically active substances associated with tissue regeneration and tissue remodeling, which translates into a safe and effective option to rejuvenate the skin. In addition, PRP also improves the production of hyaluronic acid, which allows for improvement in the elasticity and suppleness of skin with PRP treatment.
- Hand Rejuvenation: One of the most commonly- neglected bodies is the hand, as no one pays attention to them. So, one’s age can easily be given away by the condition of their hands. PRP therapy of the hands improves the thickness, hydration, and softness after just 3-4 months. By combining them with dermal fillers, we can truly reverse the signs of aging in hands.
- Breast Augmentation: PRP in combination with fat transfer can enhance breast tissue. This combination can sometimes be a better and safer option than breast implants. Breast rejuvenation or the vampire breast-lift commonly performed at Anara Medspa uses a combination of PRP and dermal fillers. Here PRP helps the production of new tissues, collagen, and blood vessels in the breast, but also improves the skin giving a more youthful appearance.
- Hair Rejuvenation: PRP has been shown in several studies to be an efficient, non-surgical option for hair loss for both men and women. PRP stimulates and invigorates hair follicles, increasing hair count, growth, and thickness. Androgenetic alopecia, which is a common type of hair loss and thinning, seems to respond very well to PRP injection.
- Reproductive health: PRP has also been used in enhancing the orgasmic experience in men and women, improve the clitoral and nipple sensitivity, and also improve the urinary incontinence in women from 20-50-year old. PRP is also helpful in rejuvenating the labia, treat lichen sclerosis, improving a very painful condition in women called interstitial cystitis. Men with Peyronie’s disease have noticed an improvement after PRP injections.
In summary, Platelet Rich Plasma has opened a new frontier in the science of aesthetics and regenerative medicine and has a great future for many years to come.