PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies have been used by maxillofacial and plastic surgeons for over two decades. The procedure has now been perfected and re-engineered as Pure PRP. Pure PRP is an extraction of the patient's blood that contains a matrix of highly concentrated growth factors containing no red blood cells. These growth factors have been clinically proven to balance skin tone, reduce scarring, increase wound healing, and thicken and regrow thinning hair. It has most recently been used for ortho-biologic therapy treating tendon repair, acute muscle injuries, chronic tendon problems and even regrow cartilage and menisci.
What are platelet rich plasma injections?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are a cutting-edge technique that is similar to prolotherapy, but the difference is that the patient’s own blood is used as the source of the solution that is being injected. This technique promotes healing, reduces the risk of infection, and is used to treat chronic pain:
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fascitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Meniscal tears
- Chronic low back pain
- Discogenic low back pain
- Chronic neck pain
What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma that is very concentrated with platelets. These platelets have high levels of growth factors that help:
- Facilitate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair
- Promote development of new blood vessels
- Stimulate wound healing
How does PRP work?
What is collagen?
Once the PRP is injected into the affected areas, it triggers inflammation, which then facilitates the healing process to begin. New collagen starts to develop, and then it starts to shrink. As the collagen tightens, it strengthens the ligaments and tendons that were injected. This then helps the areas become more stable. As a result, pain levels will decrease and mobility will increase.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and the primary protein of connective tissue. It functions like a “glue” that holds the body together, comprising approximately 25% of the total protein content. Fibrous in nature, it connects and supports other bodily tissues, such as skin, bone, tendons, muscles, and cartilage.
How does PRP differ from cortisone injections?
Cortisone injections are used to temporarily stop inflammation and provide pain relief, but they don't offer long-term healing. Studies have shown that they may actually weaken the tissue. PRP injections are used to promote healing and strengthening of ligaments and tendons to promote long-term benefits.
What are growth factors?
Growth factors are proteins that help the body repair itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. By releasing more growth factors, more stem cells are stimulated to produce new collagen. Because of this, the body is able to help itself heal.
Pure Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments:
Bio-Facial Skin Rejuvenation