What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is created by concentrating your own platelets from a small amount of your own blood. Platelets are small pieces of blood cells that are the cornerstone of injury healing. Platelets have many jobs, the most common is to produce a clot when we are bleeding. They also release natural growth factors at injury sites. Scientists have discovered over 300 different growth factors associated with platelets. Growth factors are important in the healing process because they signal other cells to migrate to the area and stimulate tissue growth. Sometimes healing is impaired or slowed due to stress, repetitive injury, dietary issues or age. PRP can amplify the natural healing process, and is an excellent therapy to overcome impaired or delayed healing.
How much blood is drawn and how long does it take?
To make PRP, your doctor may take between 15-60 milliliters of blood (a few tablespoons) depending on the amount of PRP that is required to treat your condition. This is a very small amount of your blood. In fact, the amount of blood that is required to make PRP is less than 1/10th of a standard blood donation. The process to produce the PRP will take less than 20 minutes from start to finish.
Am I candidate for treatment with PRP?
Speak with the doctor to determine if PRP is the right choice for you. The doctor will examine you and determine if you would benefit from treatment with platelet rich plasma. Please inform the doctor if you are currently taking any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications. Certain medications can interfere with platelets and may need to be stopped for a short time prior to therapy if possible.
What are some uses for PRP treatment?
PRP is proven effective in the treatment of injuries of the joints, tendons and arthritis.
Chronic wounds benefit from PRP and healing time is reduced.
PRP administered during surgery reduces postoperative pain and helps with faster wound healing and recovery.
For aesthetic purposes, PRP helps regenerate lost collagen, to recover volume, elasticity and clarity of the skin. Reduces the appearance of pores by building new collagen around them. It helps reduce wrinkles, acne scars, injury scars, and discoloration due to photo damage and melasma.
There are new uses for PRP being discovered.
For how long do the effects of PRP last?
Depending on the condition treated, PRP effects can last form 6 months to over 2 years.