Regenerative medicine techniques and platelet-rich plasma are being studied and used to varying degrees of success, according to a literature review recently published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

“The field of regenerative medicine aims at enhancing tissue healing and regeneration through the exogenous addition of therapeutic growth factors and cells, often in combination with tissue-compatible scaffolds,” Matthew Q. Miller, MD, of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, and colleagues wrote. “Perhaps the biggest advances in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (FPRS) in the upcoming years will be the result of regenerative medicine techniques.”

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