Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma, or also known as “PRP” is an injection treatment whereby a person own blood is used.  A fraction of blood is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. The blood is spun down in a special centrifuge (according to standard Harvest Techniques) to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Plasma.

The platelet rich plasma is first separated then activated with a small amount of calcium to allow the release of growth factors from the platelets which in turn amplifies the healing process.

PRP is then injected into the area to be treated. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process.

When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the clot they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells to repair the damaged area.

 

As a result new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area.  When treating injured or sun and time damaged tissue they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.

before and after