Platelet concentrates

What is PRP?

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) consists of the liquid parts of one's own blood, blood platelets and various growth factors as well as messenger substances. After collection, the blood is made uncoagulable by the addition of electrolytes and centrifuged. By using centrifugal force in centrifuges, the blood is separated into three components: red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma and platelet-poor plasma. The liquid at the border to the red blood cells is the sought-after PRP and corresponds to about 15% of the blood taken.
PRP stimulates collagen formation, promotes the proliferation of connective tissue cells (so-called fibroblasts) and improves blood circulation. The skin colour becomes more even, the skin texture and elasticity are improved and the depth of wrinkles is reduced. PRP also leads to an increase in hair follicles, hair thickness and density.
It is used for dark circles around the eyes, irregular skin colour and wrinkles in the face and décolleté as well as age-related and circular hair loss.
After applying an anaesthetic cream, the PRP is injected under the skin with the finest needles. The treatment can be combined with a surgical needling or a facelift. A slight reddening is usually already faded on the following day. The effect usually occurs after 3 to 6 weeks.

How can you prepare for PRP treatment?

All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered in advance.
Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
Aspirin® (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®), diclofenac and ibuprofen affect the function of platelets and should therefore be discontinued at least 10 days before treatment.

How is a PRP treatment performed?

  • The entire treatment takes about 45 minutes.

What should I watch for after a PRP treatment?

Some patients feel socially acceptable after only one hour, others only the next day. For optimal results, it is recommended that you repeat the treatment three times every month.

Author's statement

Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.


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