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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation method that uses your blood to improve facial tissue's appearance. US Dermatology Partners reports that recent research has shown PRP can also be an effective treatment for alopecia.  

PRP is constantly showing new use cases for some dermatology patients with a history of use in speeding up the recovery process for athletic injuries. 

Most individuals who are in good health and lack severe skin conditions should make excellent candidates for platelet-rich plasma therapy, especially if they are interested in boosting the appearance of aging

 

How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Work?

The technical part of the process is relatively simple and not too dissimilar to what you might see during a blood donation. A small amount of blood is drawn from your own body using a standard IV. 

That vial of blood is then spun up in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the rest of your whole blood. Those elements are then injected into the areas of your skin where you seek improvement. 

It works because your platelets contain several growth factors that stimulate cell rejuvenation, collagen production, and tissue regeneration. 

 

PRP Use Cases for Dermatology and Beyond

While PRP therapy is a relatively new and fast-growing method in dermatology, it has been used in other medical areas for some time. 

In sports medicine, for instance, PRP is known to enhance the healing process significantly. Common treatments help with shoulder pain from rotator cuff tears, tendon ruptures, and other soft-tissue injuries. 

Patients find they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories and strong medications. 

With success for people with tendonitis conditions like tennis elbow, PRP is also becoming a recommended option in the dermatological world. 

Research has shown PRP therapy has been used to treat dermatological conditions, including acne, alopecia, skin ulcers, melanoma, hyperpigmentation, and burns while stimulating tissue repair and regeneration. 

A promising option for improving signs of aging to hair loss, more research is needed to standardize protocols. You should expect to see more support and new use cases for PRP in dermatology in the future!

 

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Dilworth Dermatology and Laser

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