Plasma-rich platelet (PRP) treatment is being highly touted as one of the most successful procedures for management of orthopedic diseases and sports injuries. Adoption of this therapy is now gaining momentum as it is becoming the preferred choice of treatment for reducing wrinkles, scars, or even dark circles, owing to the treatment’s benefits. The primary reason for its frequent use in dermatology is that the plasma is extracted from the patients’ own blood; hence there are lesser chances of adverse effects, disease transmission, or allergic reactions. Many celebrities have opted PRP treatment to enhance their facial features, making it quite popular as “Platelet-Rich Plasma Facelift”.
Various research activities have also exhibited that injectable materials such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, when used alone, are required to be repeatedly injected, however adoption of a combination of hyaluronic acid with PRP would result in synergistic effects. Hyaluronic acid acts as a scaffold and PRP induces collagen growth, maintaining the tissue volumizing effect. The effect of plasma therapy in cosmetic surgery can last from 12 months to 2 years, depending on each individual.
Global Platelet rich plasma (PRP) market, by region, 2016 (%)
A relatively new procedure, called, Vampire Facelift, is gaining popularity. This procedure involves use of platelet-rich plasma as the filler, which is rich in growth factors and stimulates the body to generate tissue healing. Similarly, another treatment, micro-needling with PRP can provide enhanced results along with better collagen growth and faster healing. Plasma therapy is also combined with fat grafting, which is one of the most powerful facial rejuvenating procedures that results in enhanced collagen production.
Several technological innovations have sparked the application of platelet rich plasma in skin resurfacing and rejuvenating procedures. Various studies have supported use of fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing along with PRP on individuals with acne scars and facial acne. These studies have proven that adoption of fractionated CO2 laser with PRP results in better response, fewer side effects, and shorter downtime for the management of acne scars as compared to laser alone. Another emerging technology, named, plasma skin resurfacing, utilizes plasma to create a thermal effect on the skin through positively ionized gasses. This treatment method functions by forming a layer of desiccated epidermis and creating a natural barrier that results in accelerated healing and generation of a new epidermis.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is at the forefront for various dermatology and facial rejuvenation companies. Patients are increasingly opting for this technology for achieving enhanced and faster natural healing. Some of the top companies that provide PRP kits for facial rejuvenation are Dr PRP USA LLC, DermaBlue, and others.
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