The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products AEPS, on May 23, 2013 believes that "platelets play a very important role in the repair and regeneration of different tissues such as bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments" and on November 6, defines the Plasma Rich in PRP Platelets as a medicine for human use, "substance possessing properties for the treatment or prevention of diseases in humans or administered to humans in order to restore, correct or modify physiological functions .." Are defined its indications and its regulation.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a derivative of the patient's own blood. It is a fraction of our plasma with a high concentration of platelets, rich in FC Growth Factors, which are released into the tissues when stimulated. These factors have a very powerful regenerative action where they are injected.
What is biostimulation with Growth Factors?
It consists of depositing a large quantity of biologically active Growth Factors in the area that we want to treat, to stimulate their regeneration.
Until recently, the Growth Factors were obtained in the laboratory by genetic engineering. Currently they are obtained from the patient's own blood, by means of a simple blood extraction. Centrifuge, separate platelet-rich plasma and activate with calcium. In 30 minutes we can have a concentrate of Growth Factors sufficient for the treatment.
In the injected zone they stimulate the formation of collagen in the skin, cartilage, bone, the repair of the tissues and decrease the healing time of the wounds.
What type of patients can resort to Biostimulation with Growth Factors?
In Aesthetic Medicine are used with excellent results in the biostimulation of the skin of any area of the body, especially of face, neck, and hands. In the treatment of wounds, stretch marks and scars, and in the treatment and prevention of hair loss.
The Growth Factors are also used in dentistry, traumatology, surgery, otolaryngology, burns and dermatology.
What result can you expect?
In Aesthetic Medicine, they have a clear rejuvenating effect on the skin. It is the most physiological and natural method of stimulating skin cells to generate collagen and elastin. They also improve circulation and favor drainage. We will achieve a more elastic skin, firmer and more consistent, with better appearance, texture and luminosity. We will achieve, in short, rejuvenate the skin.
The results are evident at any age, but are higher in younger people, with a greater response capacity. To prevent aging it is advisable to start treatments around 30 years.
My experience in the treatment of stretch marks, when they are still pink and retain great responsiveness, is excellent.
In the treatment of alopecia, the results are good, but each case must be assessed.
What are the advantages of Biostimulation with Growth Factors compared to others that seek the same results?
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment belongs to Regenerative Medicine. The Growth Factors, unlike other medicines, are not synthesized from other products, but are isolated from the patient's own blood, and injected in the place they are needed, and in sufficient quantities to achieve their regenerative effect .
How many sessions are required? And how often do you have to do it?
To rejuvenate the skin, at least two treatments of Platelet Rich Plasma are made per year. In the treatment of stretch marks, scars and ulcers, or in the treatment of alopecia, the intervals are shorter, can be 15 days or a month. In traumatology and other specialties, the protocol varies depending on the problem to be treated.
Does Biostimulation with Growth Factors have contraindications?
Given its autologous origin, that is to say of the patient's own blood, it can not produce any rejection. It also does not interfere with the use of other medications. The cases in which it should not be applied are regulated by the Spanish Medicines Agency.
Regenerative Medicine opens a path to the advancement of Medicine in general, and to Aesthetic Medicine.