Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a groundbreaking non-operative treatment option that uses a natural product created from your own body. The injections rely on a technique both simple and safe, using the regenerative and healing properties of platelets. They have the ability to locally release growth factors, small molecules that act as messengers to initiate the process of skin regeneration. PRP also improves the elasticity, tone and thickness of the skin and contributes to the re-modelling of collagen fibers.
Injections of A-PRP (Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma) into the dermis, support, accelerate and increase the tissue regeneration process and are therefore good for scars (hypertrophic, keloid), stretch marks and acne scars.
It is also used for dark circles and eye bags – The growth factors found in blood platelets help to jumpstart the production of collagen and generates new capillaries while activating and rejuvenating the body’s cells and skin.
PRP is also used to stimulate hair growth in alopecia, hair thinning or hair loss after delivery. Hair treated with chemicals that has thinned out can also be rejuvenated using PRP.
PRP is made from your own cells, virtually eliminating the possibility of negative side effects and risks associated with donor genetic materials such as allergies, hypersensitivity, and other adverse reactions. Many patients are also drawn to the natural qualities of using elements of their own body rather than chemicals or donated cells.
PRP FOR HAIR GROWTH:
PRP is also used in alopecia (hair loss) and hair thinning to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage new hair growth. The PRP recruits new hairs to grow, keeps the hairs growing that still are, and targets the stem cells surrounding the follicle to minimize the thinning of the actual hairs being produced.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a recently developed treatment for chronic sports injuries as well as musculoskeletal injuries that has gained widespread utilization in sports medicine and orthopedic community. Lana et al (2013) describe platelet rich plasma as a concentration of plasma that has higher than normal platelet count. They point out that making use of analogous concentrated growth factors to facilitate healing forms the basis of Platelet rich plasma therapy. Under this therapy, blood is drawn from a patient and transferred to a special centrifuge where red blood cells are removed, leaving the remaining platelets and plasma highly concentered (Dhillon, Schwarz & Maloney, 2012). This concentrate is then administered by injection to the damaged area. To facilitate accurate placement of the concentrate, direct ultrasound guidance is usually used during the injections. The entire process, starting from blood being drawn from a patient, takes about 45 minutes (Maffulli, 2016).
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