Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): Current Applications in Dermatology

Jason Emer, MD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2019;24(5):1-6. 

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PRP continues to evolve as a consequential therapeutic tool in dermatology. Numerous growth factors contained within PRP promote neocollagenesis, angiogenesis, and overall proliferation of stem cells and soft tissue remodeling. PRP is easily harvested from patients' own whole blood using numerous commercially available systems, making it a safe, in-office procedure. Top evidence-based dermatologic indications for PRP include hair restoration and skin rejuvenation, as well as improvements in acne scars. Moreover, combining PRP with other treatment modalities, such as laser therapies, microneedling, dermal fillers, and autologous fat injections has demonstrated synergistic effects, enhancing overall cosmetic outcomes. The dermatologic community stresses that more studies are needed to further standardize and define PRP protocols beyond anecdotal experience for specific indications.