Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments have become very popular to enhance the results of many facial cosmetic procedures. PRP is relatively inexpensively produced by drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood which is placed in a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells, leaving only the clear liquid or plasma. This plasma is rich with platelets which release various growth factors and other biologically active proteins. These substances play a key role in healing, collagen proliferation, tissue and blood vessel growth, repair and the reduction of inflammation. There are little to no adverse effects or reactions with obtaining PRP from patients’ own cells due to the fact that PRP is your body’s own tissue.
PRP treatment allows your surgeon to harness your body’s own natural tissue repair processes to help achieve an improved aesthetic result.
Specific Uses in Cosmetic Surgery
PRP was initially used for treatment of skin conditions and to promote bone grafting. Now, PRP is increasingly used in multiple surgical specialties, including plastic and cosmetic surgery for:
- Enhanced post-surgical wound healing
PRP has become more affordable in recent years so that it is used for nearly all of Dr. Mandal’s surgical procedures to speed up recovery, downtime and healing. When healing from surgery is faster, there is less time for a complication to develop. With faster healing, patients tend to have lower risk. Typically, the PRP is applied to the surgical area before stitches are placed. Popular surgical procedures that Dr. Mandal combines with PRP include:
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid Lift)
- Whisper Lift
- Brow Lift
- Eyelid Lift
- Ear Pinning
- Scar Revision
PRP with laser and RF treatments for skin rejuvenation
Combining PRP with lasers, radio frequency treatments and micro-needling has is quite common. It began with the so-called “vampire facial,” consisting of nonsurgical microneedling followed by topical application of PRP. Microneedling can increase collagen production, skin tightening, skin texture and hyper-pigmentation. Powered micro-needling devices such as Genius and Infini RF, used in conjunction with PRP, can give enhanced results. Scars can also be effectively treated.Combining PRP with laser treatments has shown good results in facial rejuvenation and for treatment of acne scars. In addition to promoting healing, the growth factors provided by PRP may help reduce redness and inflammation caused by laser treatments.
In men and women, PRP increases proliferation of dermal papilla cells that regulate hair follicle growth. Combining PRP with hair replacement surgery can enhance hair regrowth.
PRP with fat grafting
Donor fat cells, when combined with PRP, can give dramatic improvements in skin contours and facial volume when compared to fat grafting alone.
PRP with stem cell fillers
Stem cells harvested from one’s own body fat get activated by PRP to give enhanced results when injected into the face for volume restoration and wrinkle softening.