HARNESSING THE POWER OF YOUR OWN BODY: PLATELET RICH PLASMA AND WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU
Using your own body to regenerate is more powerful than any medicine in general and that’s why the concept of platelet rich plasma is so simple and effective.
I am sure you’ve heard of the vampire facial which is a combination of micro needling usually with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – it’s where you take your own blood from a peripheral vein and spin it in a centrifuge and take the platelets that float to the top and then re-inject them in the area of concern whether its with micro needling or localized injections.
It’s a scary thought for most people who are scared of needles, blood and gore in general but once you get over the fear and understand the science behind the concept of using your own platelets for healing and regeneration then you will probably be the first in line for this regenerative procedure.
WHAT ARE PLATELETS AND WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD FOR REGENERATION?
- Platelets are irregularly shaped fragments that are in the blood and are an important part of healing, blood clotting and regeneration
- Platelets function as a reservoir for growth factors and bioactive factors
- Everyone has them and this procedure uses only your own platelets so there are minimal risks involved except for the occasional poke of a needle
WHAT CAN PLATELETS HELP WITH?
Joint pain, musculoskeletal pain and injury, hair loss, dermal filling are some of the top reasons to consider PRP as a therapeutic option.
Most studies on PRP report favorable outcomes with the strongest level of evidence existing for androgenetic alopecia followed by postprocedure wound healing, scar revision, striae, rejuvenation, and dermal filling.
PRP is when you spin your blood and isolate the platelets. Platelets have factors that can help decrease inflammation, increase blood vessel formation, improve pain, and aid in tissue healing.
- WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
- Anyone who has healthy functioning platelets
- Talk with your medical provider to see how this can be assessed
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU DO IT?
As often as you like but every 2 -4 weeks is a good benchmark – at least 3 sessions to see significant results and then you allow your Body to heal and then do the PRP injections as needed after your initial 3.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START SEEING RESULTS?
2-4 weeks – to allow your body some time to regenerate and stimulate new collagen and tissue repair.