Platelet Rich Plasma For Dermatology
Dr. E. Magaziner would like to share the following article from Dr. Neerja Puri
How It Works
Usage of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in aesthetic medicine is a new concept. In dermatology and cosmetic medicine, PRP has been used to treat acne, scarring, and alopecia (especially in women). It is also effective for skin rejuvenation and tightening around the eyes. Before injecting PRP to treat hair loss, a tiny scalp roller with spikes is used to stimulate the thinning areas. The rationale is that this sends a message to the hair follicles to start the healing process. Then, PRP is injected over the affected area to further stimulate stem cells in the follicle. Platelet-rich plasma is injected by multiple tiny punctures under the dermis, with or without topical local anesthesia [1,2]. The process is painless if sufficient topical anesthesia is applied. When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates the tissue, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it begins to shrink and tightens and strengthens the skin.
Improvement in skin texture and tone is noticeable within 3 weeks. Full collagen regeneration requires 3 months [3,4]. The PRP treatments can be used on all skin types and tones. Minimal swelling, bruising, and redness for the initial 12 to 24 hours are expected.
Dr. Magaziner has been performing PRP Platelet Rich Plasma therapies since 2003, and Stem Cell therapies from bone marrow and fat sources since 2008. He introduced PRP technology and its uses to Jay Smith, MD from the Mayo Clinic quoted in this article at an Utrasound Conference and thru phone conferences 7-8 years ago. He is very pleased that the Mayo Clinic is now performing the research necessary to prove the safety and validity of these very important treatments. [/list]