Facial scarring can adversely affect the appearance, tone, and texture of your skin. While the skin can heal scars on its own over a period of time, in some cases the damaged tissues and cells may not heal back. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment option for scarring that can help enhance and improve the appearance of skin by healing the scars.
So how does PRP help in treating the effects of scarring? It can potentially achieve those results and effects by harnessing your body’s ability to heal itself. It involves making a concentrated solution of platelets that are rich in healing and rejuvenation factors that can help exfoliate the skin. This helps reduce the effects of scarring and improve skin health.
How is PRP Prepared?
It’s an incredibly innovative process where a blood sample from the patient is taken and processed. By placing it inside of a high-speed centrifuge, it extracts the healing factors such as plasma and platelets. This concentrated solution of platelets will be injected into the scarred region of the skin. This process works under the premise that the injection of growth factors and platelets will help regenerate the damaged skin cells and tissues.
PRP therapy can help you improve the appearance of your skin, get rid of acne scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and improve your general health and wellness. This all-natural healing therapy approach encourages your cells to develop where they were treated, which can help you accomplish your skincare goals.
Effects of Scars
Physical scars and extensive scarring on facial regions can have an adverse effect on individuals. While it might seem benign, the presence of visible scars on regions such as your face, hands, legs, arms, or neck can have effects that transcend mere disfigurement.
You might also experience social embarrassment or psychological damage, such as anxiety or sadness. Scars have psychosocial consequences for people of all ages and genders. These effects can trickle down into your personal, professional, and social life.
Types of Scarring That PRP Can Treat
PRP solutions have a considerably high concentration of platelets that is about 5 to 10 times greater than the normal body platelet count in your blood. This increased platelet and growth factor level can increase the potency of the regenerative factors present within them.
PRP has also shown early promise in the treatment of scars and other forms of injury, scars, and wounds. As such, PRP can treat many different types of scarring and is not limited to acne scars. These include:
- Acne Scars
- Keloid Scars
- Atrophic Scars from Chicken Pox
- Hypertrophic Scars
1. Acne Scars
PRP therapy can boost cell development and repair by injecting platelet-rich plasma into your face. The injection can help moisturize, tenderize, heal and de-age your skin. This healing process is a direct result obtained from the plasma and platelets that are the building blocks of healthy skin. By increasing the quantity and concentration of platelets in parts of your face that have been scarred by acne, the skin cells get a boost that allows them to mend naturally.
2. Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are a form of scarring that occurs predominantly in dark-skinned individuals due to aging skin. Keloid scars present themselves in the form of raised and wrinkled skin that protrudes outwards from the injured region.
While PRP therapy could theoretically help treat keloid scars, more research is required to substantiate these claims. Most anecdotal evidence available today suggests that they may not have the same level of efficacy as PRP injections have for treating acne scarring.
3. Atrophic Scars From Chicken Pox
Just like acne scars, chicken pox can also adversely affect your skin health. These conditions can manifest themselves as visible scars in the form of pock-like lesions on your skin. When they’re popped and heal, they leave your skin damaged with micro-indentations or deep pores on the skin surface.
Research studies conducted thus far support the claim that PRP therapy can help reduce atrophic scarring caused due to diseases such as chicken pox in a way that is similar to the way PRP is helpful in healing acne scars.
4. Hypertrophic Scars
A hypertrophic scar is characterized by thick skin that is elevated above the level of the surrounding skin. This form of scar develops as a result of skin damage, such as an accident or a surgical scar, such as from a Cesarean section.
PRP has been shown to help with wound healing and the appearance of hypertrophic scars. When combined with a specific type of laser, the scar’s color, shape, and texture improve dramatically.
Medical Studies on the Use of PRP in Treating Scars
A considerable number of medical and research studies have been made about the use of platelet-rich plasma injections in the treatment of scars. In fact, a relevant literature review study was conducted and published in the peer-reviewed journal Scars, Burns, and Healing and proved to be promising in lowering the visibility of different types of scarring.
In another 2019 review, it was revealed that by combining activated, leukocyte-, and platelet-rich plasma with fractional ablative laser treatment there was a marked improvement in the appearance of acne scars.
While there’s a lot of potential in the use of PRP in the treatment of scarring, there’s a general consensus amongst the dermatologist and medical community that there’s a desperate need for more conclusive research.
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Platelet-rich plasma therapy can help heal and rejuvenate scarred skin. It can also aid in the healing of injuries, diseases, disorders, and exfoliation which can potentially improve overall facial appearance. PRP has also shown a great deal of potential in treating surgical scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, and minor injuries while also promoting potential hair growth.
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