Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Medical Aesthetics

Updated: Jul 13, 2019

The use of autologous (your own) platelet rich plasma (taken from your blood) for tissue repair started in the 1990’s. By 2006 it was being used across many fields of medicine for healing and even began to be covered by insurances. That’s because it is known to be rich in fibrin and many different important growth factors that stimulate stem cells to grow and tissues to regenerate rapidly. Now it is used to regenerate skin, joints, and hair. It is now even used with impressive results to reverse sexual dysfunction in men and women.

Therefore, PRP is being injected for cosmetic purposes. Studies[1] [2] and clinical experience are confirming its effectiveness for acne and other scar revision, skin rejuvenation, dermal augmentation, and striae distensae (stretch marks).

The cost of PRP ranges from $600 to $1000 per treatment depending on the area being treated. The effects can last from 12 months to 2 years depending on your age and initial skin health.

PRP for facial rejuvenation – more details

Platelets and growth factors from your own blood stimulate a stem cell response, which turn into new connective tissue (skin) cells. They also stimulate collagen and blood vessels, cause repair of damaged skin, and to help slow skin aging.[3] Because it comes from your own blood, there is no risk for allergic reaction or rejection.

Ten milliliters (1 vial) of your blood is drawn and spun down by a centrifuge for approximately 6 minutes to retrieve the platelet rich and fibrin rich portion of the blood plasma. This is then reinjected into the tissue being treated.

The indications for the skin cosmetic use of PRP include:

  • Skin rejuvenation: for reducing fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet and tear troughs (dark circles under eyelids)