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Stem cells for stretch marks

Monday 22 February 2016

Stem cells for stretch marks

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a form of Scarring in the skin. They are caused by the stretching and tearing of the dermis, the outmost layer of skin. Stretch marks :

  • They can occur on the body of both men and women, if they are suffering with obesity.
  • Sometimes they may be due to hormonal and genetic problems.
  • During growing periods, teenagers can be affected with this.
  • Sometimes they are caused by the intake of chemical-based or corticosteroid  medicines
  •  Nutrition Deficiency, mainly in essential minerals and vitamins also leads to stretch marks.



What are stem cells in Platelet rich plasma?

PRP contains a high concentration of stem cells. They are cells that are non-programmed and undifferentiated cells and have a large capacity of self-renewal. They are able to replenish themselves and also have the unique ability to differentiate and become specialized cells i.e. (skin cells with a specific functions)

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. PRP contains stems cells it also tells the body to produce more stem cells to go to the area.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from red blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.

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How does PRP work for stretch Marks?

PRP is used together with rolling to treat stretch marks.  This involves using a roller with dozens of tiny needles. The dermaroller is rolled over numbed skin and tiny surgical steel blades or needles, which are up to 2mm long, penetrate the epidermis. These microscopic puncture sites stimulate your body’s own collagen and elastin production, resulting in improvement in skin texture, tone, and uniformity of colour.

This causes a controlled injury which increases blood flow and forces the body to produce collagen and this tightens up the skin. Following micro needling, platelet rich plasma is applied to the skin surface and penetrates the multiple fine perforations created by the procedure, initiating a localized stem cell response and recruiting collagen-producing cells known as fibroblasts. The fibroblasts then replace tissue that has been damaged or lost due to the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated. Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing one small vial of blood, which is then placed into a table top centrifuge and spun at a high rate to separate platelets from other blood components. This PRP (clear to slightly yellow in tint) is a direct extract of your own blood and therefore devoid of any risk of adverse or allergic reactions Stem cell therapy appears to restart a process of growth and healing in some organs


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