PRP Aesthetic Medicine Article
This article discusses Platelet- Rich Plasma (abbreviated as PRP) aesthetic application and describes its effect in a small controlled study. The patients’ own platelets and blood serum is re-injected into the skin to promote healing by growth factors and secretory proteins.
Since the 1970s PRP has been studied and is known to effectively supercharge the body’s capacity for rejuvenation, wound healing and tissue repair. The PRP treatment is described in numerous articles for tendon, bone and skin healing and has been used successfully and safely for many years. The aesthetic application started in Europe and South America less than 10 years ago, the procedure is known as Mesolift.
The author recently reviewed articles which summarizes new possibilities and ideas on how to make visible and unfold the mystery of stem cell behavior by injecting the skin with autologous plasma.
The study raises the intriguing idea of epidermis harbored stem cells role in the skin self – regeneration at the local epidermis level where the stem cells are and “sleep” in absence of stimuli.
American Journal of Aesthetic Medicine
2013 - Issue 4
Aesthetic Medicine new trend:
Platelet – Rich - Plasma and fat cell transplant keep up with the new Regenerative Medicine scientific results in the aging process reversal
Zsuzsanna V. Seybold MD
Our skin ages over the years, due to the progressive loss of collagen, fat, bone and muscle, as well pollution in the air—smoke, chemicals and environmental toxins. Using your own blood as a natural way to heal the skin and body is the concept behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. The process is simple: a blood sample is drawn and spun in a centrifuge machine which extracts the blood cells from most of the serum. The concentrated blood platelets are then injected through micro-gauge needles into the skin where fine lines, wrinkles, age spots—or even osteoarthritic pain exists. The body recognizes the platelets as healing agents as they induce production of growth factor proteins, collagen and stem cells to regenerate the skin, tendons or cartilage. Since the thin needle injections go into the epidermis or skin surface, there is only a prick—not pain, and there is little swelling or bruising.
Physicians have used PRP Therapy since the 1970’s for wound healing, but now, aesthetic medical practitioners are seeing proof that PRP injections can be a non-surgical method of remedying the effects of aging and PRP therapy has given momentum to the field of Regenerative Medicine.
“The body sees aging skin as a chronic wound and PRP therapy is the catalyst in rejuvenating the skin. We now have studies and extensive experience that demonstrate the success of PRP in awakening the cells. Cells communicate with each other and PRP helps send the chemical message to start self-regeneration,” says Dr. Zsuzsanna Seybold, MD and a Diplomat of American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. “We find PRP a much easier and less expensive way of fine-tuning the body’s aging process—certainly more so than plastic surgery. And, the procedure can be done in an office, leaving the client to enjoy the rest of the day, without any down-time,” she adds.
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The number of injections necessary depends on the severity of the skin or body issue. Subtle changes are seen and felt after the first injection and others following, one to three months later can help intensify the results. Whether for relaxation of lines and wrinkles, stimulation of follicles for thinning hair or treatment for arthritic conditions of joints, tendons or cartilage, there are no side-effects or rejection—the patient is using his or her own blood, so the assimilation is immediate. The remaining plasma from the blood platelets can also be injected or used topically on the skin as a healing stimulant.
“I find PRP as an effective way to help my patients achieve results that they did not think were possible without surgery,” says Dr. Seybold, “This practice touches people in a different way and gives them a new feeling about themselves, how they look and how they feel. When we look better, we feel better; PRP brings out my artistic senses and gives me a way to provide my clients with a renewed view as they look in the mirror. I enjoy giving people confidence.”