When we go shopping for a new vehicle, we have a specific set of buying criteria based on a specific set of needs. For that reason, one seldom walks onto a car lot comparing sports cars to minivans or pick-up trucks to convertible coupes. We compare like-vehicles in the same sub-category under the umbrella of the automobiles. In the same way, medical professionals need to become as familiar with the different types of PRP devices before they buy so they don’t walk off the lot with something that is less than ideal.
That said, we all lead busy lives and researching the twenty plus FDA-cleared devices on the market isn’t exactly practical. For that reason, when people ask me which PRP system they should buy, I always respond, “What are you using it for?” If their answer overlaps at all with the applications I personally focus on, I simply say, “I’ve been using Eclipse PRP since 2016 and I’ve been very happy with the company, the product and results.”
Take the following into consideration when evaluating a PRP device for your practice
- FDA-Clearance (Is it being sold/used legally?) FDA-Clearance is an indicator of safety on the manufacturing level. Also your malpractice insurance will want to see that the kit you are using is FDA-cleared.
- Manufacturer Who makes it? Where is it made?
- Device Type Single Spin vs. Double Spin vs. Computer Aided. I encourage everyone doing PRP to understand the DEPA classification system and the pros and cons of every type of device.
- Validated Cellular Characteristics (Not White Papers or Marketing Brochures) – Ask company to prove their kit performs consistently.
- Safety track record How long has it been on the market? How many cases performed? Any safety recalls or FDA MAUDE reports?
- Peer Reviewed Published Studies What literature supports positive results with that particular kit for the application for which you want to use it?
- Social Proofing Has it been working well in the hands of doctors you know and trust? Which experts do you know that use this system?
- Patient Experience Last but not least, comfort and results.
When I started my search for the “best PRP device” I assessed that Eclipse was the leader among companies in the single-spin, separator gel device sub-category; a group of products which typically produce a low inflammatory cell PRP devoid of red blood cells. At the time, Eclipse was the only one in the category with a larger tube. Their 22ml kit allows for a higher platelet concentration (~3x) while still having the option of a smaller, more economical 11ml kit. That, combined with a multi-year track record on the market, and I felt strongly that the Eclipse system had the flexibility to meet my needs.
Understanding the importance of every bullet point above led me to the Eclipse PRP system. Getting the answers above before you buy will help you avoid the common regulatory, safety, and efficacy pitfalls, and help you succeed in launching PRP in your practice.
About Dr. Khetarpal
Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal is a fellowship-trained, board-certified dermatologist who is currently an associate professor in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed her undergraduate and medical education through the accelerated, 6-year BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
She also completed one of the most prestigious cosmetic dermatology and Mohs fellowships in the country with SkinCare Physicians in Massachusetts.
Dr. Khetarpal has become a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of cosmetic dermatology, hair health and regenerative medicine. She is the author of numerous book chapters in dermatologic textbooks and published many articles in peer-reviewed journals.