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The Three R’s of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is quickly becoming the hot ticket when it comes to anti-aging and skin healing treatments. This cutting-edge process involves having your own blood drawn in office, and your platelets are separated from your other blood cells. Then, to increase the concentration of the platelets, they are put through a process called centrifugation. This newly increased concentration is then combined with your remaining blood.

But how does it work exactly? You see, blood is made up of multiple elements: liquid (plasma) and solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets). The platelets are known for their role in clotting blood, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called ‘growth factors’. It’s these ‘growth factors’ who are the magical players in this game, because they are the guys who can speed up the healing process. And the reason it’s called Platelet RICH Plasma is because, once it’s put through the centrifugation process, PRP acquires 5 to 10 times more platelets than what is found in your average blood, causing it to pack a significantly larger punch. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of ‘growth factors’ in PRP can be used for hair restoration, facial rejuvenation and joint rehabilitation.


When PRP is injected into the scalp, the abundance of essential proteins have the ability to stimulate natural hair growth. This is a game-changing procedure for men or women who may have thinning hair or who are facing hair loss. To improve results, this process can also be combined with hair transplants.


As we age, our collagen production slows, our fatty tissue dwindles, and blood vessels don’t pump like they used to. That doesn’t paint a pretty picture on the face after a while. However, when ‘growth factors’ from PRP are injected into the face, it sends the message for multipotent skin cells to become activated and grow new tissue. This process creates new collagen (youthfulness), new fatty tissue (smoothness), and new blood vessels (healthy glow). It’s like miracle grow for the youthful components of your skin! PRP is a better solution than surgery, fillers, or lasers alone, because it uses a natural substance that already exists in your body, to rejuvenate from within.


PRP is not only beneficial for anti-aging practices, as it can also improve the healing process after surgery and also when injected into injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP has been most effective on chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, however other areas of treatment can include hamstring injuries, knee sprains, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. This treatment has also been shown to improve the symptoms associated with arthritis.

If you would like to learn more about this amazing procedure and how it could work for you, give the Ponte Vedra Vein and Aesthetic Institute a call at (904) 280-0600 and schedule your FREE consultation today.