Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it. Plasma is a component of your blood that that help your blood to clot and stop bleeding, it also contains proteins that support cell growth. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.
Platelets exist in blood and in order to achieve PRP, dermatologist will take about 2-4 spoon blood from your arm and place it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood and finally re-inject the parts with higher concentration of platelets into target areas.
It is used as an anti-aging treatment and reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging.
PRP injection into the scalp is effective for hair growth and prevent hair loss.
injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate the body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Tendons are usually slow to heal after injury. Orthopedic surgeons use PRP treatment to help recover athletes with chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle more quickly.
It is quite possible to have a bit of pain, bruising, irritation, bleeding, and swelling at or around the injection site after treatment, but such side effects will go away within a few days. the substance comes directly from your own body which reduces the risks for an allergic reaction that can occur from injecting other medications The procedure itself appears safe.
It’s crucial that the sample blood remain sterile during the process of separating platelets to avoid an infection which is a serious risk.
It has no downtime and most people can resume their normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection.