What is PRP?
Platelet-rich Plasma (AKA PRP) is the concentrate formed when we isolate the platelets and growth factors from your own blood through a patented process of centrifugation. This allows us to reinject the concentrated healing power of your own blood into damaged tissues to stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing.
PRP is not a filler – “it’s a regenerative treatment that involves harvesting the body’s own wound healing and regenerative growth factors to improve skin texture, as well as age-related changes like fine lines and laxity”.
Direct injections of PRP into the skin supports and helps accelerate the process of tissue regeneration:
- Stimulating new collagen production
- Inducing mesenchymal stem cell division and differentiation
- Stimulating angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels
- Enhancement of skin texture and elasticity
Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) promotes healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
It was used as early as the 1990s in maxillo-facial and plastic surgery. PRP injections are prepared from one to a few tubes of the patient’s own blood with strict aseptic technique. After being centrifuged, the activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells. Ultrasound imaging may or may not be used to guide the injection.
Several clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain to various maladies, including – but not limited to – elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendinosis. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis.
The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening program.