What is PRP
PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. It is a concentration of the type of cell know as platelets. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cellular functions that are required for healing. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and delivered to the area of the body that needs treatment.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments are becoming a popular option for giving a naturally based, biological boost to the healing process. The platelet cells natural function is to help the healing process in the body through its release of biologically active substances that improve and speed healing. This procedure concentrates the platelet count in a patient’s centrifuged blood so that when returned to the body, it contains many times the natural concentration of platelets, and with that the regenerative healing factors they produce. Because PRP is created directly from a patient’s own blood, neither allergic reactions nor rejection of the platelet cells can occur. This is a safe treatment that can be performed and completed in an office setting in approximately one hour from start to finish.
PRP is an exciting area of research in medicine — giving rise to greater interest from both patients and doctors as a non-surgical alternative for a variety of ailments such as the following:
PRP for Hair Restoration
Found to be a successful application in treating hair loss in men and women, PRP be can also be applied onto a recipient area during and after a hair transplant or injected directly into a balding scalp.
PRP for Knees and Other Joints
The most well known applications for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments have been in the field of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. This has resulted in significant attention from the media because of its use by the NFL, Major league Baseball, Tiger Woods, and other elite athletes.