What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelets are cells that are a part of your blood, and their role in the body is to promote the clotting and healing process. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of your own blood that contains high numbers of platelets. It can be placed or injected into a certain area to exploit the platelets function and therefore enhance wound healing and to help rejuvenate skin. Because it is a part of your own blood, it is free from transmissible diseases, and cannot cause hypersensitivity or allergic reactions.
The process involves the withdrawal of blood in the usual manner, separating and concentrating the PRP from the whole blood, and then injection of the PRP into the treatment area. Platelets are cells in blood that are responsible for helping to clot the blood, and for the synthesis and release of growth factors. When there is an injury to the skin (and blood vessel walls), proteins are released that cause circulating platelets to bind to the area and help create a blood clot to stop the bleeding. It is the clotting process that activates these platelets and causes them to secrete growth factors to help repair the damaged area.
What can PRP be used for?
PRP has been used in medicine for accelerating the healing of injuries, either surgical or traumatic. Examples include use for; tendon injuries, orthopedic surgery, dental surgery, and more recently cosmetic surgery. Many high-profile athletes have used PRP to get ‘back into the field’ quicker or to avoid what would traditionally have had to be treated with surgery. Treatments such as laser skin resurfacing often take several days to recover from, and PRP can help to reduce these times. It is injected just under the skin of the treated areas, and the growth factors that PRP releases help to reduce recovery time, speed healing, and even improve the result of the laser treatment. Skin rejuvenation can be performed simply by injecting PRP into the skin. It is effective at improving the overall skin quality, including improvements in fine lines and skin texture.
How are PRP treatment performed?
The first step in the PRP process is to obtain a small amount of blood. This is done in a similar manner to a blood test. The amount of blood required varies depending on the area that is treated, but typically, not more than 50mL of blood is required in most cases.
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