How Your Own Plasma Can Rejuvenate Your Skin and Hair
One popular trend in plastic surgery is Platelet Rich Plasma, otherwise known as PRP. You may have heard of the “vampire facelift” made famous in part, by Kim Kardashian. The “vampire facelift” is when physicians draw a patient’s blood, (thus the “vampire” theme) and the blood is spun down (centrifuged), separating the platelets from the blood. These platelets, which have twice the number of growth factors, are reinjected back into the skin. The point is to rejuvenate the skin, supposedly building new collagen and improving facial lines and wrinkles.
Marketing Hype or Science?
“The jury is still out” says Dr. Lee Thornton, a board certified plastic surgeon from Meridian, Mississippi. He says there hasn’t been a lot of scientific data to support the cosmetic marketing claims surrounding these types of facial procedures. “However, we are seeing some early blind studies with people looking at before and after photos and there appears to be some improvement with wrinkles and skin tone.”
New Developments in Hair Growth
For those of you suffering from hair loss, you’ll be excited to learn that a slightly different form of PRP has been developed for hair rejuvenation. The Selphyl® System combined with a thicker form of PRP called Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM), is used to promote new hair growth through scalp injections. Thornton says, “With Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix, we think the platelets may stick around longer and produce the growth factors that we’re looking for to help with hair rejuvenation.” The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform in your doctor’s office and you may need more than one treatment.
What is PRP?
PRP is found in your blood and only a small amount of blood is needed in order to separate blood from plasma. Our plasma contains platelets, and those platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue heal and grow new cells. This healing ability is why orthopedic surgeons have been using PRP for years on patients with inflammatory joint conditions and injured joints.
Plastic surgeons are now taking a closer look to see just what PRP can do for us in cosmetic procedures. While the data isn’t yet fully conclusive, most physicians agree, it seems to be safe and PRP has the potential to help in a variety of cosmetic issues.
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