One of the most popular means of facial rejuvenation uses the growth factors from a patient’s own blood. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and put into a sterile container in a centrifuge, which spins the blood in order to separate the different components. The plasma that contains the growth factors is drawn into a syringe and used as the solution for injecting into specific areas for rejuvenation. Dr. Wardwell also uses the (PRPen) to microneedle the platelet rich plasma into the skin in a painless procedure that allows for a very even application. The growth factors contained in the plasma stimulate stem cells in that area to begin differentiating into new tissue.
This therapy has a wide array of aesthetic applications including: Face and neck rejuvenation, sun spots, scars, stretch marks, hair regrowth and more. Platelet Rich Plasma can also be used for a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions to aid the healing process.
Not all systems for deriving PRP from the blood are the same. Dr. Wardwell’s system reliably achieves a platelet count over 1 million per cubic microliter. He also utilizes a procedure to make a cleaner PRP by further removing other red and white blood cells that may inhibit stem cells and contain iron, which may be harmful to the skin.