Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)


4/24/20244 min read

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge medical treatment that has gained popularity in recent years. PRP is derived from your own blood and contains a high concentration of platelets, which are rich in growth factors and other healing properties. Our body naturally carries stem cells and repairing proteins healing effect of which we see in everyday healing of wounds and scratches. These growth factors stimulate tissue regeneration and repair. This power of your own body is harnessed in this procedure, making PRP an effective treatment option for various medical and aesthetic conditions.

  • Skin Rejuvenation: PRP injections are commonly used as an anti-aging treatment, and there is enough evidence to show that PRP reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging. When used skilfully it can help remodulate a scar into normal skin texture and even heal a non healing wound.

  • Hair Loss treatment: PRP injections can be effective in treating baldness, both in preventing hair loss and promoting new hair growth. PRP can also aid in the stimulation of hair growth after hair transplants.

  • Correction of deeper wrinkles: are also known as platelet-rich plasma fillers or PRP fillers, are injected deeper under the skin. These fillers are prepared by treating the plasma in a specific manner to create a gel-like substance. This is then injected to fill in wrinkles, improve skin texture, and stimulate collagen production. Plasma fillers are completely natural, derived from your own body, whereas synthetic Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are prepared by a chemical process. Plasma fillers provide immediate effect as well as gradual improvements over time as the growth factors are slowly released. Therefore the results after plasma fillers can last longer compared to HA fillers and there is much reduced risk of side effects.

  • PRP joint injections: are a regenerative procedure that can promote healing in injured tendons, joints, muscles, and ligaments. Benefits of PRP injections include reconstructing injured tissues (joint cartilage, tendons, ligaments), prevents painful inflammatory processes, enhance joint mobility and slow down disease progression so that the need for joint replacement is delayed or reduced. The effect of PRP has been found comparable in steroid injections but with an added advantage of cartilage regeneration and avoidance of side effects of steroids.

  • Body enhancements: PRP can be injected to promote growth of fibrofatty tissue in certain areas such as creation of better cleavage line or for lifting buttocks. The rejuvenating effect of PRP on sexual functions have also become popular lately where these are called as 'O' shots and 'P' shots.

What to expect during a PRP treatment session:
  1. Consultation: Before your treatment, you’ll have a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner. They will ask you about your medical history, previous treatments taken and your expectations. Be clear about your reasons for seeking PRP injections and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Your photographs may also be taken as a part of your medical notes.

  2. Numbing cream: A numbing cream will be applied and covered with a mask. You can relax and listen to music till its effect kicks in, which takes about 20-30 minutes.

  3. Blood Collection: The process begins by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm while the numbing cream is working. This blood is then processed using a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This liquid contains growth factors and other bioactive substances that aid in tissue repair.

  4. Injection Process: Treatment area will be cleaned, and PRP will be injected into specific locations using a very fine needle. The practitioner will ask you to to adjust your body position and mark those injection points with a pencil. These injections are usually pain free.

  5. Duration: The total procedure typically takes about 60 -90 minutes.

  6. Immediate Effects: You may or may notice an immediate change, other than tiny needle marks and redness.

  7. Aftercare: Avoid massaging, scratching or rubbing the treated area. Steer clear of applying heat vigorous exercise, sunbathing, and saunas for at least 2 days.

  8. Results: It takes sometime for PRP to start rejuvenation process and your body to respond, It might take 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect. The effects continues to build overtime till your body's natural wear and tear process takes over. In case you need a top up injection, wait at least 3 months between sessions. With subsequent injections as your collagen builds, the duration between treatments also increases.

Possible Side Effects:
  • Since it is your own blood, there are hardly any chances of getting allergic reactions, irritation or swelling etc. (unlike any synthetic substance being used).

  • You may experience localized pain and swelling after the injection, which usually subsides within 24-48 hours. Any bruising caused by the needle may take a few days to clear up completely.

  • Since skin surface is breeched there may be a small chance of introducing an infection (as with any other injection), but with your provider following an aseptic technique, this risk is minimal.

  • Other than that there are no lasting side effects. However, always discuss with your doctor about specific concerns as anatomy of the area being injected is different for everyone.

In summary PRP is extremely safe, potent and versatile treatment that is increasingly becoming popular. It is also worth noting that the effectiveness of PRP treatments can vary from person to person. While many individuals experience positive results, others may not see significant improvements. It is important to have realistic expectations and consult with a your healthcare professional to determine if PRP treatments are suitable for your specific needs. You should also ask then about appropriate treatment combinations that can boost the benefits of PRP and get you desired results without breaking your bank.

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