What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Greg Nestor

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, concentrates the recipient’s own blood to achieve youthful-looking, plump skin. Stem cells generated from your blood assist in growing new collagen and blood vessels as they simultaneously repair damaged tissue associated with the signs of aging. PRP treatments can help to slow or even reverse skin’s aged appearance.

Celebrities sometimes refer to PRP treatments as the Vampire Facelift, but rest assured. The only blood used in platelet-rich plasma therapy is the client’s own natural blood supply.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Blood is primarily a liquid known as plasma. Blood’s solid components include red and white cells as well as platelets. Platelets are essential in the blood clotting process, but also contain literally hundreds of growth factors, or proteins. Platelets are key to healing skin injuries and looking younger.

PRP is the liquid found in blood, plus five to ten times the amount of platelets usually found in it. Platelet concentration and growth factors are an exciting new way to help the body rejuvenate itself.

Can You Explain How Platelet-Rich Plasma Works?

Laboratory studies performed around the world show that increasing growth factors speeds up healing. Researchers have tested PRP on athletes suffering from chronic tendon injury,

ligament and muscle injury, knee problems, and broken bones.

For instance, if a person has sprained Achilles tendon, frequently suffered by runners or tennis players, the heel is swollen, red, and painful. A combination of PRP plus local anesthetic is injected directly into the heel cord. Although a completely torn tendon cannot be repaired without surgery, an injured tendon may heal more quickly.

Although aging skin is not technically considered a skin injury, the same principle works. PRP’s concentrated growth factors work to repair sun damage and speed up cell turnover for fresher-looking skin. In the same way, people in search of younger-looking hair may also receive good results with PRP.

Are PRP Treatments Right for Me?

Platelet-rich plasma treatments are being used to heal injuries and prominent sports figures like Tiger Woods say PRP helps his game. Since PRP is a relatively new treatment, its growing use is based on evidence. Evidence-based practice shows that PRP can help those in search of younger-looking skin and hair.

Contact Medical Center for Body Rejuvenation

As always, it’s best to take a conservative approach with any rejuvenation treatment. Consider adding PRP to an existing regimen and evaluate your body’s response. Call The Medical Center for Body Rejuvenation to learn more about platelet-rich therapy at (727) 800-3336 or schedule an appointment now.

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