Blood is blood. But how it’s processed to make platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for a variety of indications, including aesthetic treatments, might make a difference in PRP treatment outcomes.
As consumer demand for PRP for everything from joint and sexual health to hair restoration and skin rejuvenation increases, the competition for the best PRP preparation system is heating up. But while companies can make claims about what they think is important in PRP processing, strong data to support the claims is lacking.
In a recent non-peer-reviewed white paper, “Platelet-rich Plasma: Be confident in what you’re injecting,” authors suggest Eclipse PRP (Eclipse) outshines other commercial methods for PRP isolation.
The paper is an independent initiative among three collaborators, Drs. Jeffrey Rapaport, Neil Sadick, and Gordon Sasaki, and funded by Eclipse.
The authors write that it’s important for aesthetic physicians and others to be aware that variations in purity, yield and PRP composition resulting from use of different isolation methods will likely affect outcomes from PRP treatment.
They contend there’s plenty of literature supporting PRP’s clinical benefit in the supraphysiologic range and that focusing on the increase in platelet concentration compared to baseline is important, albeit “oversold for marketing purposes.”
Eclipse provided funding for the white paper and the authors of the paper include members of the company’s medical and scientific advisory board.