PRP / Platelet-Rich Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets and other growth factors. PRP contains huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins such as growth factors that are integral to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. PRP utilizes the healing power of isolated platelets from an individual’s own blood to aid in the rejuvenation of their body’s soft tissues. This therapy is a part of a quickly emerging medical niche called Orthobiologics. Orthobiologics studies ways in which the body is able to heal itself. PRP therapy has proven itself effective in face and neck rejuvenation and is also used for the treatment of injured tendons, ligaments and cartilage. In addition, PRP promotes development of new blood vessels and stimulates the wound healing process.
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient’s arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and separates the platelets form the rest of the blood components. The entire process takes 30 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and re-injected into the areas of interest. These platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue regeneration. By using the concentrated platelets, the growth factors are increased up to eight times which promotes tissue repair and stops inflammation. In addition the treatment of injuries PRP injections actually heal the area over a period of time.
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