Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy uses the power of your own body to heal itself. The best part of this treatment is the fact that the medication is actually produced from your own body.
Platelet Rich Plasma is plasma that has a higher concentration of platelets than normal blood. PRP is formulated to contain increased concentrations of these factors commonly by 5 to 10 times. To make the PRP concentration we draw a small amount of blood. The blood is then concentrated using a centrifuge, and then the concentration is injected to the treatment area. Since PRP is taken from your own blood the risks associated with PRP injections are minimal.
What happens once we inject these platelets? There are now millions of them in the blood, concentrated around the local injection site. The PRP solution starts the healing process, and causes release of growth factors and stem cell recruitment to stimulate growth and healing.
PRP is beneficial in facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, sexual rejuvenation, and treatment of injuries as well as degeneration of the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
While response to treatment vary, most people will experience significant improvement in symptoms after only 1 injection. In severe cases, a second injection may be needed. On occasion some patients will three or more injection be recommended. Each set of treatment is typically spaced approximately 4 to 12 weeks apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have; the risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
Platelet Poor Plasma
Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) is derived from the patient's own blood during the process of obtaining PRP. PPP is also rich in growth factors and can be isolated and transformed into a autologous (self derived) gelatinous material. It can be injected into the skin or applied along with microneedling to revitalize skin by plumping the tissue and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. PPP can be used as a natural dermal filler and can enhance hair restoration results with PRP injections.