About Platelet Rich Plasma
Typically combined with microneedling, the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) has an over 20 year history for its wound healing properties in orthopedics.
Platelet rich plasma is a component of whole blood which is separated from red and white blood cells and used to improve collagen stimulation. Recognized as a biological breakthrough, the cross-over use for skin has gained tremendous recognition within the cosmetic dermatology field.
How is PRP helpful as an addition to my treatment?
PRP has the effect of improving the results of microneedling and in some cases, laser. Another advantage is improved healing speed. Quicker healing and a better result make it a very useful add-on for treatments designed to stimulate collagen production.
Where do Platelets come from?
Platelets are part of the blood matrix and are extracted through a simple blood draw - much like the type your doctor orders for routine blood testing. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, spun to separate it from red blood cells, collected and used in conjunction with microneedling for skin rejuvenation and scalp rejuvenation for those with thinning hair.
What do Platelets do?
Platelets release growth factors which regulate the healing cascade by signaling to surrounding cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue.
Key growth factors involved in this process include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
- Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF)
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
- Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)
- Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF)