Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
During PRP therapy, a small vial of your own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other blood components. This highly concentrated platelet-rich layer contains growth factors and a variety of cells. Growth factors stimulate local cells for tissue repair and remodeling. Your PRP is injected into and around the area of injury. Several injections may be done at the injured site at one time to fully treat the area. Many times only one injection is needed. If there is an incomplete response to treatment additional injections may be advised.
What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and how does it work?
The components of PRP are already inside of you. PRP is plasma, the watery part of your blood, with a high concentration of your platelets. The platelets contain a significant amount of growth factors that activate and speed up tissue repair and regeneration. PRP can increase the development of new blood vessels thereby improving circulation and the healing process in ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones and injured skin or tissue. Enhancing the body’s own natural healing properties is what makes PRP special and effective.
If you have a cut or abrasion, platelets are sent to the area of injury and activate the healing process resulting in the formation of new skin. When doctors use PRP, the platelets that are in the bloodstream are moved and concentrated to treat the injured area. Once there, the platelets stimulate the healing process and signal the body to start healing itself. There is nothing artificial or synthetic, it’s a natural process.
Where does PRP come from?
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient, the same as when blood is taken for a lab test. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which spins it to separate out the blood components and concentrate the platelets. Platelets are lighter and can be easily separated without damaging them. The resulting plasma mixed with the highly concentrated platelets is the PRP. The PRP with the increased amount of growth factors can then be injected or applied topically to stimulate healing and regeneration in that area of the body. The side effects of PRP injections and application are very limited since the body does not reject a person’s own blood.
What can PRP be used for?
At Renaissance Medicine we inject PRP into the joints and areas of the spine to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. We also use PRP to treat women with stress and urge incontinence, and sexual dysfunction (O-Shot®) and men with erectile dysfunction (P-Shot®). All Vampire procedures utilize platelet rich plasma and include the Vampire Facial®, Vampire Facelift®, Vampire Breast lift®, Vampire Hair Regrowth®, Vampire Wing Lift™, and O-Shot® and P-Shot®. PRP is effective whether injected or applied topically!
Is PRP right for me?
PRP procedures can be done safely and quickly in the doctor’s office using the body’s own natural healing properties. It is often less expensive with little down time or long painful rehabilitation periods. These therapies help heal the source of the pain or injury/dysfunction, not simply mask it. We would be happy to meet you for an initial consultation to review your medical history and determine if a PRP regenerative procedure is a good option for you.