Over the last several years there has been much excitement surrounding applications of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in aesthetic medicine, including facial rejuvenation. Increasing the number of platelets and growth factors in the blood can have regenerative effects on the skin, slowing or reversing the signs of aging.
Our bodies naturally produce stem cells that help us heal by stimulating the growth of collagen, as well as blood vessels that deliver oxygen to bodily tissues. Platelets and growth factors found in the blood stimulate stem cells, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains three to five times as many of these substances as normal blood. PRP has been used for years to heal wounds and for other purposes. Today, PRP therapies are also available for facial rejuvenation and other areas of aesthetic medicine. PRP therapies treat everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scarring and rosacea. Skin color appears "younger" due to new blood vessel formation. New collagen formations in the dermis “lift” the face back to a more youthful shape. Because the growth factors build skin volume, wrinkles diminish and skin appears smoother.