Platelet Rich Plasma Austin

What is PRP?

Fat transfer has become an extremely hot topic in the past 5 years or so as it gives your surgeon the ability to shape your body, then use that fat for your augmentation. It is the best of two worlds, body shaping and a natural augmentation.

PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a collection of growth factors that come from your own body. You have blood drawn just as you would for your labs and then the blood is processed to collect the plasma (and thus the growth factors).

This has been used in multiple applications and has become extremely popular in orthopedic surgery. It can be used in plastic surgery alone or more commonly in conjunction with fat transfer. It is then mixed with the fat in an attempt to increase the survival of the fat that has been transferred.

The issue with fat transfer has been making sure that the results last and that you keep as much of the fat as possible for your augmentation. Currently between 30 to 50% of the fat that is lost over the first year. What is present after that time will remain and change naturally over time with your weight changes.

In small studies it has been shown to increase the amount of fat that survives after a Brazilian Butt Lift or other fat transfer procedures. It will take more time to know how much it helps in fat survival but it appears that it does have positive affect in the results of your Brazilian Butt Lift.

Does Adding PRP to Harvested Fat Improve your Result?

Platelet rich plasma has become a very hot topic over the past couple years for a variety of uses. It has become extremely popular in orthopedics and has recently gained momentum in the plastic surgery/aesthetic world. It has been used in two areas of plastic surgery, one for facial rejuvenation and the second is for improved fat take after large volume fat transfer.

The Brazilian Butt Lift has become an extremely popular procedure as it improves the overall shape of the patient while enhancing the buttock. One of the difficult aspects of the procedure is that patient can lose about 30% of the fat that is transferred in large volume fat transfer procedures.

The benefit of adding platelet rich plasma to fat transfer procedures is to increase the overall fat that survives and improve the final result. This is especially important in thin patients that might have a limited amount of fat for the augmentation.

There are still more studies to be done but there is some evidence that the platelet rich plasma does increase that fat the stays for the augmentation. When 1000cc are being transferred an increase in 10 – 15% of fat makes a significant difference.

I hope this helps answer your question, please discuss this with your board certified plastic surgeon.