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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Options) via MICRO-NEEDLING & INJECTIONS
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is the “Healing Power” within our blood. We harvest it by drawing blood, using a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood cells, all within a few minutes. Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Although it is not exactly clear how PRP works, laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process.
To speed healing, the site is treated with the PRP preparation. This can be done in one of two ways:
PRP can be carefully injected into the injured area. For example, in Achilles tendonitis, a condition commonly seen in runners and tennis players, the heel cord can become swollen, inflamed, and painful. A mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into this inflamed tissue. Afterwards, the pain at the area of injection may actually increase for the first week, and it may be a few weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.
PRP may also be used to improve healing after surgery or chronic joint pain (Osteoarthritis).
PRP is often used via micro-needling for the face, neck and chest area as a powerful ANTI-AGING method, as the growth-factors stimulate collagen production and promote circulation. This in turn gives the skin a more youthful, plumper look and is as an effective addition to cosmetic procedures and often combined with fat transfer procedures to enhance outcome.
As of recent Dr. Monte Slater offers PRP therapy along with “Hair Transplants” to promote the healing process.
How does PRP enhance Adult Stem cell therapy?
Combining Adult Stems Cells with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) as a means to accelerate tissue regeneration during degeneration (aging), chronic joint issues, has been the subject of numerous human studies. The initial findings have been very positive.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has the ability to increase stem cells and guide them in healing. It has been reported that PRP assisted stem cells in “figuring out” what they needed to be – whether a cartilage cell, or a bone cell, or a collagen cell. Here is what the science says: “Platelet-rich plasma is a potential biologic tool to treat acute and chronic joint and tendon disorders.” It is the perfect combination for Anti-Aging, as well as maintaining a healthy, quality life while growing older. The regenerative potential of PRP is based on the release of growth factors that occurs with platelet rupture. Its autologous nature (the recipient and donor are one and the same person), gives it a significant advantage in tissue engineering applications. So the platelets are already attuned to provide a healing environment. In the research cited, results confirmed that “PRP Therapy enhances “Adult Stem Cell Treatment” for joint & ligament healing as well as collagen production, (Anti-Aging) and general tissue healing.