What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Blood is made up of liquid (plasma) and solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets). Platelets are known for their role in clotting blood. They also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. PRP is plasma with 5 to 10 times more platelets than what is typically found in blood. Blood is drawn from a patient and the platelets are separated from other blood cells. The concentration is increased through centrifugation. The increased concentration is combined with the remaining blood. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can speed up the healing process.
Rejuvenation – When growth factors enter the face through injections, multipotent skin cells become activated to grow new tissue. This creates new collagen (youthfulness), new fatty tissue (smoothness), and new blood vessels (healthy glow). PRP is a better solution to surgery, fillers, or lasers alone.
Regeneration – PRP is injected into the scalp and the essential proteins stimulate natural hair growth. This is great procedure for men or women with hair loss or thinning. It can be combined with hair transplants to improve results.
Rehabilitation – PRP can be injected into areas with injuries, most commonly seen in athletes. It improves the healing process in tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP has been most effective on chronic tendon injuries, like tennis elbow. Other injuries that it can improve include hamstring injuries, knee sprains, and achilles tendonitis. It has even shown to improve arthritis in the knee. It can also be used after surgery to help the tissues heal.