Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an autologous blood therapy that uses a patient's own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. Your body naturally recruits platelets and white blood cells from the blood to initiate a healing response to an injury or tissue damage. Under normal conditions, platelets store numerous growth factors which are released in response to signals from the injured tissue. Modern technology allows us to concentrate platelets and white blood cells from your blood and induce this growth factor release as we inject the solution directly into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a more powerful form. By enhancing the body's natural healing capacity, the treatment may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.

 

What does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) do?

Different types of PRP products are usually given as injections (shots) to heal and repair injuries. The job of platelets in the body is to help blood clot when there is an injury. The cytokines and growth factors that are in platelets can help repair injuries and encourage healing.

 

What can I expect during the procedure?
  • Blood is removed from the arm using a needle inserted into a vein.

  • The blood is spun in a centrifuge — a piece of equipment that separates blood components into different parts according to their density. The centrifuge concentrates the platelets and produces platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

  • Numbing cream is applied to the scalp or injured area to minimize discomfort.

  • Injections of the PRP are applied to the entire scalp or to the injured area.

  • We finish the procedure topically with a micro-needling tool and a small amount of PRP to ensure maximum penetration.

  • The procedure takes about 60 minutes.

 
What should I expect after my treatment?

Often, following the initial injection, an "achy" soreness is felt at the site of injury. This "soreness" is a positive sign that a healing response has been set in motion. This effect can last for several days and gradually decreases as healing and tissue repair occurs. You will be permitted to resume normal day-to-day activities and light exercise following injection. We suggest that you avoid strenuous lifting or high-level exercise for several days after injection.

How often should the procedure be done?

Frequency will be discussed between you and your physician. Up to three injections may be given within a six to nine-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain the desired affect after the second or third injection.

 
What are the risks of platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for adverse reaction or complication. Because the injectable products are produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. There is a small risk of infection from any injection into the body, but this is rare.

Studies indicate that PRP is effective in treating:

  • Hair loss

  • Skin tone and texture

  • Joint pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sports injuries (i.e. pulled muscles, joint sprains or ligament tears)

  • Wounds and burns

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