PRP (platelet rich plasma) Scar Revision
In the past, women and men had no other option but to live with the appearance of scars and skin deformations; however, within the last few decades, newer aesthetic technology has allowed for drastic reductions in the visibility of scars. Scars can develop for many reasons, some of which include acne, surgery, or traumatic injuries. Now, most scars are treated with plastic surgery, lasers, or creams, but Platelet Rich Plasma for scarring treatments are becoming more widely used. As an advanced and cutting edge therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy for scarring has helped many women and men to reduce the appearance of their scars.
What kinds of scarring does Platelet Rich Plasma improve?
While Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can make many types of scars less noticeable, some of the scar types it commonly works to help include:
- Acne Scarring
For patients that have suffered with long-term cystic acne or that have a history of pitting acne, scarring from repeated acne breakouts may be prevalent on the face. Deep pits in the skin, discoloration, or an uneven skin tone may have developed over time. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can promote collagen growth and repair the skin at a deep level and on the surface to eliminate scar tissue. Some physicians may also recommend the use of PRP in conjunction with lasers to help patients achieve optimal results.
- Surgical Incisions
Surgery is often life saving and necessary, but after healing from surgery, many patients are discontent with the scarring it leaves behind. Surgical scars can make a person self-conscious about wearing a bathing suit, shorts, or even a tank top. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can help to reduce the appearance of scars by helping to improve scar tissue and promote collagen production.
Skin malformations, such as keloids can happen with small cuts to the skin or insignificant injuries, and they are most prevalent in people of African American or Dutch decent. Keloids form when the skin over produces new flesh or a very small wound becomes infected, and common places that they form are on the ears, ear lobes, or the hands. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can help to reduce the appearance of keloids, eliminate scar tissue, and regenerate new and healthy tissue.
What happens during a Platelet Rich Plasma procedure?
During a Platelet Rich Plasma procedure, the doctor takes a small amount of the patient’s own blood and spins it down to obtain platelets and growth factors. This mixture is then re-injected into the area being treated, and it immediately goes to work in the restoration of tissue. Cells that have regenerated around scar tissue are eventually replaced with healthy new cells that do not reflect scarring. While results are often seen after one treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, many patients will need multiple treatments spaced a few weeks or months apart, depending on the severity of their scarring. This therapy may also be used in conjunction with lasers or even plastic surgery.
Getting Started With a Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
A Platelet Rich Plasma specialist that has extensive experience in reducing or reversing the visibility of scars can help patients to determine if Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is right for them or if other therapies need to be used in addition to PRP. Upon the first visit, the physician will obtain the patient’s full medical history, treatment goals, and preferences. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is relatively easy to perform and does not require any down time. Also, the risks are minimal because no foreign substances are being injected into the body. Patients can use this therapy by itself or with other aesthetic procedures in order to maximize results. Countless patients that have used Platelet Rich Plasma therapy for scarring have been able to greatly improve the appearance of their scars, while improving their overall health.