What is Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelets are the clotting cells found in our blood. They have the potential to enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments. Research has indicated that the growth factors found in platelets accelerate tissue healing and repair by recruiting cytokines and other reparative cells.
It has been used successfully for improving hair growth, in orthopaedic surgery and post treatment and in enhancing skin rejuvenation.
How does it Work?
PRP stimulates the bodies natural healing process by using your own concentrated platelets
that have been separated from the red blood cells. Our blood is made up of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, 1% platelets and plasma. Platelets are known to stop bleeding as their main function is blood-clotting. They are also a critical for healing and rejuvenation. They are rich in growth factors which enhance healing and connective tissue growth. are best known for their function of blood-clotting to stop bleeding. Platelets, however, are much more significant than this, as human platelets are also a critical component in injury healing. Platelets are naturally extremely rich in the connective tissue growth and healing factors. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the area. Platelets initiate repair and attract stem cells to the injury. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulates the natural repair process.
When can you use PRP
Improve potential for hair growth
Chronic ligament and tendon strains
Stimulate healing of cartilage in osteoarthritis
What is the process of creating PRP
CreationPRP requires drawing up a sample of blood, approximately 10mls. The blood is then put into a centrifuge that spins the blood in order to separate the blood into red blood cells and platelets. The RBC's are discarded and the concentrated platelet rich plasma is used int he treatment process. The process usually takes about an hour. When used on the face for skin rejuvenation, allow about 30minutes for application of anaesthetic gel to the face before PRP injected.
Are the PRP Injections painful?
PRP injections are usually not painful; however the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. Injections into the joint are of minimal discomfort. There is sometimes a small amount of pain after the procedure; however this does not last more than a few days and can be minimised with simple over the counter analgesia.
Anaesthetic gel is applied around 30minutes before application to the face. The needles used are very fine bore and point he case of application of the face, are administered fairly superficially. However, individual discomfort levels may vary.