Facial plast Surg 2017; 33(04): 437-443
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604240
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Platelet-Rich Plasma for the Aesthetic Surgeon

Jordan P. Sand1, Vishad Nabili1, Amit Kochhar2, Jeffrey Rawnsley1, Gregory Keller1
  • 1Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Keck Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, California
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28 July 2017 (online)


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autogenously harvested blood plasma containing concentrated levels of platelets and growth factors. PRP has been identified as a promising treatment for enhancing wound healing and has been used for decades in multiple medical specialties including cardiac surgery, oral surgery, ophthalmology, and orthopedic surgery. Growing evidence for multiple aesthetic surgery applications has recently been developed, particularly for hair restoration and skin rejuvenation. The goal of this article is to review the current medical literature on PRP and identify promising applications that may be integrated into a modern aesthetic surgery practice. The evidence for the use of PRP technology is rapidly expanding as a powerful therapy for select cosmetic surgery patients.