What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a powerful, low-risk therapy procedure that uses the platelets present in your own blood to help heal injuries, reduce signs of aging, improve sexual functioning and so much more.
PRP therapy begins with your doctor taking a sample of your own blood and spinning it down in a centrifuge to obtain powerful growth factors and platelets. These platelets are the first components of blood that arrive when you have an injury, and their presence alerts stem cells to come and help rebuild tissues. Stem cells are known for their unique ability to take on the form of any bodily tissue to promote healing.
The growth factors obtained stimulate platelets and stem cells to do their work in rebuilding, restoring and rejuvenating body tissue, allowing patients to experience amazing results. Once this restorative, highly concentrated mixture is obtained, it is then injected into the area being treated.
What are Some Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy has many unique benefits that may provide advantages over other therapies. Some of these include:
Low Risk of Adverse Reactions
Because Platelet-Rich Plasma comes from each patient’s own body, there is little to no risk of allergic reactions, infections or rejections associated with this therapy. Patients’ bodies easily accept PRP to obtain healing from the treatments.
Quick and Painless
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy can be performed in under an hour, and there is typically no downtime required after having a treatment. Most patients report little to no pain with no anesthesia or medications needed (a light numbing cream may be applied per patient request).
Results Improve Over Time
While the positive effects of many therapies often diminish shortly after treatment, with Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, your results continue to improve over time. Because the platelets, stem cells and growth factors work at a deeper level, full results can often be seen after a few weeks.
Works With Other Therapies
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy doctors often recommend that patients use PRP therapy in conjunction with other therapies in order to achieve optimal results. For aesthetic patients, PRP is often used in addition to lasers, creams, surgery or liposuction. For orthopedic patients, this therapy can be used pre- or post-surgery or with pain medications.
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