What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a method that uses your own blood to promote healing. Blood is taken from the patient and then spun thru a centrifuge. This spinning method seperates all your bloodcells resulting in a Plasma concentrate which is injected into specific area of concern. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors,” or proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth. Researchers have produced PRP by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it.
The platelet rich plasma solution is injected into damaged tissues to stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, researchers think the body’s tissues may heal faster.
What are the purposes of PRP injections?
Hair loss: Doctors have injected PRP into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Tendon injuries: Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury.
Osteoarthritis: Doctors have injected PRP into the knees of people with osteoarthritis.
Acute injuries: Doctors have used PRP injections to treat acute sports injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles or knee sprains.
Are the injections painfull?
Generally speaking PRP injections are not painful; however the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. Injections into the joint are of minimal discomfort.
There is sometimes a small amount of pain after the procedure; however this does not last more than a few days.
What are the potential side effects of PRP?
Because PRP involves injecting a substance into the skin, there are potential side effects.
You should discuss these potential risks with your doctor, as well as the steps your doctor will take to minimize these risks.
What is the recovery time for PRP injections?
When PRP is injected following injury, your doctor may recommend that you rest the affected area. However, these recommendations are more related to the injury and less to the PRP injections. Most people can continue their daily activities following PRP injections.
PRP Therapy is also a very popular method for facial rejuvenation. If you wish to discuss PRP for skin rejuvenation, please contact our sister clinic Oolala Cosmetic & Laser Clinic.