PRP For Acne Scars

PRP For Acne Scars At A Glance

  • Best Results1-10+ Treatments
  • Treatment Recovery4 - 8 days
  • Procedure Time5 to 30 mins
  • Skin SpecialistDavin Lim, Dermatologist
  • Duration of ResultsVariable - years
  • AnaestheticNumbing to sedation
  • Back to WorkVariable
  • Cost$-$$$$

PRP For Acne Scars

PRP or platelet derived plasma has some evidence in the management of acne scars. PRP can help accelerate skin recovery following procedures such as laser resurfacing, microneedling & RF microneedling. The overall outcome & improvement if PRP is added to a procedure is debatable. Regardless, PRP is a safe procedure with a high patient satisfaction rate.

FactsFacts on PRP For Acne Scars

  • In theory, growth factors regenerate new tissue, reducing scarring
  • In practice the results are modest at best
  • PRP can marginally accelerate healing

What is PRP For Acne Scars?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. This procedure takes your own blood, processes & concentrates blood clotting cells called platelets, then re-infuses plasma back into your skin. Platelets are rich in growth factors that help tissue regenerate & heal faster.

The usual X value (concentration of platelets) ranges from 4.0 to 6.5. This refers to the concentration of PRP compared to normal blood values.

The advantage of PRP is that it is natural, there are no added dermal fillers nor compounds. The disadvantage of PRP is that it is less predictable than volume correction using other methods.

What is the real advantage of adding PRP to acne scar revision procedures?

Marginal decreased healing times. That is it. Note that this is in the context of my mode of practice. I am aware of the papers discussing PRP combined with treatments such as microneedling & other procedures, with results showing better outcomes than placebo controls.

It is not that I am against PRP, as we still offer it at Clinic Cutis. I have also performed 100s of PRP procedures from 2013 till now. I just feel that there are more predictable results from other treatments, compared to PRP.

Does PRP get rid of acne scars?

PRP by itself does not treat acne scars, however combined with a suitable procedure, PRP can improve acne scars.

I do believe that other treatments such as collagen stimulating fillers & or ASC or adipose stem cell transfer work much better at scar remodelling with more predictable outcomes. Adding platelets to skin scars without actual remodelling does not improve scarring. Where PRP can come in handy is marginally improved healing times.

What procedures are frequently combined with PRP?

The most common procedure offered with PRP is simple microneedling, either with a Dermapen, SkinPen or a Dermaroller.

Other combinations include PRP with fractional laser resurfacing, RF microneedling, RF nano-fractional resurfacing, deep peels, mesotherapy PRP, & subcision – dermal PRP. The ideal combination depends on your goals & scar severity.

Davin’s Viewpoint on PRP for acne scars

PRP has some merit in medicine. It has been shown to be effective in the management of arthritis, joint pain, as well as some forms of hair loss.

In the context of acne scarring, there are a handful of scientific papers that show the efficacy of this treatment as beneficial compared to control. The majority of treatments are focused on PRP with microneedling. I do not have the same conviction compared to these handful of investigators. For reference, I have been using PRP in various combinations for over 7 years. What I have seen is a marginal improvement in healing times. That is it. It does not add to the overall outcome.

PRP is best for hair restoration, & joint disorders. In the context of scars, rejuvenation, enlarged pores & pigmentation, it simply does not work.

For the revision work that I most often perform (severe scars, failure to respond to other treatments), in the majority of times both my patients & I are focused on delivering the best possible outcomes.

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