Platelet-Rich Plasma Increases Pigmentation

J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Nov;28(8):e793. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000002893.


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous solution of plasma containing 4 to 7 times the baseline concentration of human platelets. Platelet-rich plasma has been widely popular in facial rejuvenation to attenuate wrinkles and has been practically used. The authors have been encountering various patients of increased hiperpigmentation following PRP applications that were performed to attenuate the postinflammatory hiperpigmentation especially after laser treatment. The authors have been using PRP for facial rejuvenation in selected patients and in 1 patient the authors have encountered increased pigmentation over the pigmented skin lesions that were present before the application. The authors recommend that the PRP might increase pigmentation especially in the face region and precautions might be taken before and after the application. Platelet-rich plasma should not be used for the treatment of post inflammatory hiperpigmentation.

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects*
  • Face
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperpigmentation / etiology*
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*
  • Rejuvenation
  • Skin Pigmentation*