REGENERATIVE MEDICINE WITH PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) sometimes referred to as Autologous (using patient’s own blood) is exactly that, a gel harvested from someone’s blood whereby a high number of platelets are concentrated. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets are known to aid in the healing process of all wounds and therefore the regeneration of cells. New data shows that platelets release large doses of bioactive proteins, known as growth factors, responsible for attracting macrophages, mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts, which promote the removal of necrotic tissue and enhance tissue regeneration and repair.
PRP and Hair Restoration
The first benefit noticed by many patients and their doctors is that the plasma is developed from the patient’s own blood. This eliminates risks associated with donor genetic materials such as allergies, hypersensitivity and other adverse reactions. Many patients are also drawn to the natural qualities of using elements of their own body rather than chemicals or donated cells.
The second benefit, which many patients like to hear, is the effectiveness of the treatment. When used to stimulate the restoration of hair follicles, studies have shown it to be very effective. Typically results are seen within 2 months following treatment. Another important consideration of many patients is cost. Fortunately the treatment has proven to be very affordable and cost effective, especially when compared to other surgical treatment options. A study published by the European Journal of Plastic Surgery stated that “PRP” injections are simple and efficient, have minimal morbidity with a low cost-to-benefit ratio and can be regarded as a very valuable alternative for hair restoration treatment.
PRP and Acne Scar Treatment
PRP is a new generation approach to the treatment of acne marks and scars. PRP is an effective way to treat because the growth factors found in the blood platelets, utilized in the treatment, not only regenerates tissues, it also helps create new capillaries and blood vessels which improves the vitality and texture of the skin. The therapy’s stimulation of keratinocytes and fibroblasts creates new skin, in place of the scarred and market skin, caused by acne.
PRP and Pain Relief
PRP has proven very effective in the treatment of tendinitis in the elbow such as lateral epicondylitis or medial epicondylitis. These are known as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Studies have shown excellent pain relief using PRP injections into the painful areas. Ligament injuries are also benefiting from PRP such as the collateral ligaments of the knee. Tendons have very poor blood supply and when damaged, are able to benefit from the growth factors and additional stem cells that are caused by PRP injections. Along with these soft tissue injury indications, PRP injections are also being used inside various joints such as knees, hips, ankles and the shoulder itself for inflammatory osteoarthritis.
PRP Treatment for Face Lift
A PRP injection for a facelift is a newer procedure. However, it is quickly gaining popularity amongst both medical professionals and patients. This is because it has proven in many cases to be effective. It also is a simple and non-invasive procedure. Blood platelets are central to the effectiveness of PRP therapy because they contain growth factors and other proteins. Growth factors help to jumpstart the healing of soft tissue damage. It also helps to stimulate the growth of collagen. Once the growth factors are injected into the face, it begins to naturally rejuvenate itself.
A PRP treatment for facelift may be a good option for individuals who want to fill in the wrinkles as well as fill in the sunken parts of the face naturally without the use of synthetic fillers. As the before and after photo left shows, PRP, when used on the neck, can be very effective; other types of injections can be somewhat problematic. There is no allergic reaction and no side effects, the results are certainly quite noticeable.
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