Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Can Heal And Rejuvenate
Platelets are cells in the blood that are primarily known for their importance in blood clotting, but they also contain concentrated levels of healing substances and growth factors to stimulate healing.
Plasma is the yellow liquid in which all the types of blood cells are suspended. When the platelets and plasma are separated out from the red and white blood cells in whole blood, it produces a concentrated solution of platelets and healing substances in the clear plasma, known as platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
PRP can be used for multiple types of treatments in many different kinds of tissue. Because it's taken from your own blood, there's no chance of an allergic reaction.
PRP has been shown to produce improvement in:
- both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries like arthritis, tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- chronic skin ulcers
- non-healing bone fractures
- hair loss
- skin rejuvenation
- chronic dry eyes
In clinical trials in patients with knee arthritis where PRP was compared to a cortisone injection, PRP was found to be more effective than cortisone.
At Skinspirations, we've had great results with PRP used for tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (often with one treatment), and chronic dry eyes (PRP drops for home use).
What's a PRP treatment like?
Our medical assistants are so proficient at drawing blood that you'll barely feel it. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to first separate the platelet portion of the plasma from the red and white blood cells and then we concentrate the platelet portion of the plasma further with a second spin in the centrifuge. We use the most concentrated portion of the resulting plasma for the treatment.
PRP can be painted over the tiny holes made by microneedling or a Profractional treatment to deliver it into the deeper layers of skin or it can be injected. If it's being used for dry eyes, we provide it to patients in sterile eyedropper bottles for home use.
Are there risks with PRP treatments?
As with any injection, there are risks of bruising and the rare chance of infection from the needle puncture. When used for arthritis, tendonitis or plantar fasciitis there is sometimes increased soreness for the first few days after a treatment. There is a slight risk of infection when using PRP for dry eyes if the bottle becomes contaminated.
If you would like to find out whether Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy may meet your needs, register online here, or call 727-571-1923 for an appointment for a free consultation.