Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Healing the body naturally with PRP.
Platelets and growth factors found in our blood contain stem cells that help us heal by promoting the development of collagen and blood vessels that deliver oxygen to the body. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains three to five times more platelets than normal blood.
“PRP Therapy seriously made me look ten years younger.”
PRP can be effectively used for skin rejuvenation, to treat acne, scarring, and even alopecia (hair-loss). For skin, we can treat the cheeks and midface, thinning skin on the neck, jawline, back of hands, décolleté, and even knees and elbows. It can also tighten loose skin and fine lines around the eyes.
What is the skin rejuvenation procedure like for PRP?
After your consultation with our physician, the area of treatment is cleansed and a local anesthetic cream is applied. While we wait 25-30 minutes for the numbing to take effect, your blood is then drawn from your arm and processed in our centrifuge. Once the PRP has been separated, it is injected via syringe and carefully injected to the target area. To further the results, we use micro-needling and apply the remainder of PRP topically.
When PRP is injected into the directed area, the inflicted minor injury generates mild inflammation that activates the healing process. As a result, new collagen starts to develop and as it matures, begins to tighten and strengthen the skin.
You will see improvement in skin texture and tone within 3 weeks. Full collagen regeneration requires 3 months. A good skin care regimen, fillers, or radio frequency sculpting can also enhance these results.
PRP can be used on all skin types and tones. For the first 1-2 days, minimal swelling, bruising, and redness are expected. During the next few weeks, the results will be gradual, but can usually be clearly documented in before and after photos. Results vary, but usually last up to 18 months. Touch-up treatments are recommended every six months to maintain the results. The great news is, there is no risk for rejection, infection, or an allergic reaction because you are using your own platelets.
“PRP cured my shoulder pain. I tried everything and this is the first time I have relief.”
Over the last twenty years, PRP has been studied and used for the treatment of cardiac muscle injury, bone repair and regeneration, nerve injury, oral surgery, osteoarthritis, plastic surgery and tendonitis. PRP treatment has recently received more attention because of its use in treating professional athlete’s sports injuries. The data has been especially encouraging in the rebuilding of damaged tendons or cartilage, relieving pain, and sparking the healing process.
Tendon injuries like achilles heel, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis and hamstring tendon pulls can be treated with PRP. Calf, hamstring and quadriceps muscle injuries can also be treated, as well as osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.
Ideal patients are those who are not candidates for surgery, but have tried traditional routes of treatment without success. Following PRP Therapy, patients are recommended to rest followed by physical therapy for the first 6 weeks. The patient is asked to return for an evaluation at 6 to 12 weeks. Although some patients with more complex injuries may require more than one injection to achieve successful outcomes, most patients treated with PRP find that within 3 months they can return to most or all of the activities they were doing before the pain started.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Injured Tendons, Muscles
and Joints by Dr. Brian Halpern, MD.
“PRP helped me fill in where my hair was getting thinner and thinner. Six months in and I can really see the difference.”
In the last few years, studies have suggested that PRP may also function as a safe and effective treatment option for male and female pattern hair loss.
Before injecting PRP to treat hair loss, a dermaroller is used to stimulate the thinning areas. The reasoning behind this is that these minor injuries send a message to the hair follicles to start the healing process. PRP is then injected into the areas of concern to further stimulate stem cells in the follicle.
In our experience, we have found this treatment very effective. Data from the following studies also support the use of PRP for hair regrowth.