Last month we discussed microneedling treatments for skin rejuvenation, acne scars, dyschromia (skin discoloration) and hair loss. This month, we address PRP, a form of enriched blood obtained from routine venipuncture. The blood is centrifuged to separate a component that has a high concentration of platelets (cells involved in clotting) and growth factors that enhance healing. As a result, PRP has been used in maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular surgery, and to treat soft tissue ulcers. It is being used alone and in combination with microneedling to enhance regenerative effects for skin rejuvenation, treatment of acne scars, and to treat genetic hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). Studies to date that demonstrate the benefits of PRP for dermatologic conditions are limited but promising. Stay tuned for updates on PRP!
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