PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has arrived in cutting edge plastic surgery practices. Michael S. Beckenstein, a Birmingham cosmetic surgeon has introduced PRP into his practice in 2013. “We first started using it to treat thinning hair an saw how highly effective it is. We now have extended using PRP for other cosmetic purposes. It is great to rejuvenate skin of the face, neck, and hands. It enhances fat graft viability when performing fat transfers. PRP is a great help in treating complex wounds.” states Dr. Beckenstein, ” it really enhances the practice of plastic surgery PRP comes to Birmingham plastic surgery!”
USES FOR PRP
- skin rejuvenation
- thinning hair
- fat grafting
- wound care
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and uses a patients blood components for therapy. Blood contains platelets and growth factors which aid in the healing and regenerative processes that occur after injury. With a routine blood draw, Dr. Beckenstein uses the Arterocyte Magellan system to concentrate PRP. ” I extensively researched these devices and found this far superior to all the others, it is the best device out there to concentrate PRP.” After the PRP is concentrated it can be applied using two different techniques. One is through micro needling. This employs a device that uses small needles to gently abrade the skin. The PRP is then applied to the treated area and allowed to ” absorb” into the skin. The micro needling, by itself can have a rejuvenation effect on it’s own. The other technique employs direct injection into the skin. Local anesthesia is usually required for this. “Direct injection is the best as we know the PRP is reaching the target directly. Letting PRP “seep” into the skin may not actually occur to be really effective. The benefit seen may be solely from the needling.” explains Dr. Beckenstein.
PRP is minimally invasive and effective for treating thinning hair and restoring a youthful appearance to skin. it is worthwhile to look into this minimally invasive therapy. For more information please contact Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. at 205-933-9308 or 1-866-MSBMD77.