Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma
How Can PRP Help Me? What is PRP?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments provide the recipient with additional platelets, which are crucial in the healing process. Blood consists of liquid plasma and three types of solid cells, red cells, white cells, and platelets. The patient’s blood is drawn and then centrifugated. Centrifugation is the process of rapidly spinning the liquid, causing the solids to separate into three layers. The spinning makes the red blood cells drop to the bottom, and the plasma without platelets rises to the top. The middle layer, the platelet-rich plasma, is removed with a syringe. The doctor or practitioner injects the platelet-rich plasma back into the patient treatment area. Not much risk of infection exists since the blood originated in the patient. There is no risk of receiving contaminated or diseased blood since the transaction is analogous.
The Growth Factor: How Does It Work?
Also called Growth Factor Injections, platelet-rich plasma injections help the body heal using the patient’s platelets. Platelets consist of nutrients and proteins, also called growth factors. These proteins help the body heal. When an injured area receives a concentrated amount of platelets, it gets the added healing benefits of those proteins or growth factors. It does not matter if the injured area is a tendon or damaged skin cells. Also termed “regenerative medicine,” orthopedists sometimes pair PRP treatments with stem cell treatments.
The sea of growth factors inside platelets includes:
D-epidermal growth factor
Fibroblast growth factor
Insulin-like growth factor
Keratinocyte growth factor3
Platelet-derived growth factor
Transforming growth factor-beta
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
What Conditions Can it Treat?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy helps improve medical and cosmetic conditions. Used by orthopedists, surgeons, dermatologists, and medspa personnel, PRP popularity grows as doctors and scientists complete more research.
Injuries and Medical Conditions
Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries – Many athletes experience success and rapid healing of acute sports injuries. Sports doctors often treat pulled hamstring muscles and knee sprains with PRP.
Bone Fractures – Researchers have not detected any advantages to using growth factor injections to heal fractured bones.
Chronic Tendon Injuries – Often used to treat Achilles Tendonitis, a doctor injects a combination of anesthesia and PRP into the heel cord. Many athletes attribute their faster healing times to platelet-rich plasma treatments. Hines Ward, Tiger Woods, Troy Polamalu, and Koby Bryant are only a handful of the many professional athletes who have received growth factor therapy.
Dental Procedures – Dentists are starting to use PRP injections during surgery to enhance the healing process.
Knee Osteoarthritis – Research shows PRP injections treat low to moderate knee osteoarthritis effectively. The effects last for up to two years.
Surgery – For some injuries, surgical teams use PRP during the surgery. For example, a surgical team might stitch specially formulated PRP into tissue during surgery of a patient with a torn heel cord. The PRP helps the tendons heal.
Aging Skin and Cosmetic Issues
Acne Scarring – Scarred skin repairs and rejuvenates faster, reducing the appearance of facial scars. Some doctors use PRP in conjunction with the microneedling process.
Crepey Skin In the Decolletage, Eyes, and Neck Areas – Growth Factor Therapy is also called “The Vampire Facial” or “The Dracula Facelift.” Both Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie received treatments in the past.
Dark Circles Around the Eyes any injury or injection stimulates blood flow to the area. Increased circulation removes the stationary blood, decreasing dark areas.
Dull or Gray Skin Color – The treatment encourages new skin cell growth. New skin cells replace old, discolored skin.
Fine Lines Around the Mouth and Eyes – The growth factor in platelets signals the skin to create new cells. Collagen levels increase, making smoother skin with heightened elasticity.
Hyperpigmented Skin – The nutrients and growth factors in PRP encourage new skin cell growth, which causes rapid skin cell loss. New, lighter colored cells replace older cells quickly.
Male Pattern Baldness – There haven’t been many clinical studies completed on PRP treatment’s efficacy to reverse hair loss. The patient receives an injection of platelet-rich plasma into their scalp. The platelet loaded plasma encourages natural hair growth by increasing blood flow to the hair follicle. Some doctors pair platelet-rich plasma therapy with other hair-loss treatments.
Rough Skin Texture – An injection of growth factor encourages the skin to produce collagen.
Finding a Provider
The person giving you PRP treatments must be licensed. Receive your therapy at a high-quality medspa. Check the credentials of your skincare specialist. You want to choose a professional with experience.
Side-Effects and Non-compatible Conditions
You are not an excellent candidate for PRP treatments if you have one of the following conditions.
Taking, or recently took Accutane
Had skin radiation during the last year
Wounds do not heal easily
Speak with your skincare specialist about any concerns you may have. Be sure you understand the risks before scheduling PRP Treatment.
After Receiving Your Treatment
At first, pain may increase, especially at the incision site. Benefits may not be evident for the first week or two. Do not use heat or ice on the injection area for 72 hours after treatment. Many athletes experience faster healing times, and PRP Therapy treatments have become popular with professional athletes. Some cosmetic applications continue to produce results for three months after treatment. Results last for up to two years.
Efficacy of Treatments
Many factors contribute to the efficacy of treatment. The overall health of the patient and the area of the body being treated both play a role. Other determining factors include the type of injury, acute or chronic, and the PRP preparation method. The preparation method includes the cellular makeup of the injection contents.