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PRP - Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP stands for Platelet rich plasma. It is a treatment that has been used in many medical specialties since the 1980’s. A small amount of the patient’s blood is spun in a special centrifuge to reduce the red and white blood cells and leave a concentrated source of plasma, enriched with platelets, several growth factors and other cytokines. When introduced into the skin by microneedling, profractional laser treatment or direct injection it stimulates skin rejuvenation, healing and can stimulate scalp hair regrowth. We use the Harvest system, a double spin method to collect our PRP. This PRP is only used in the patient the blood was collected from. It has proven very popular with the patients we have treated.

Platelets serve as key components within the process of healing. The use of platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own blood promotes healing of injured skin and tissue.

Side effects of PRP injections are greatly reduced, since the patient receives their own blood. Light rest may be needed immediately following the procedure, and possibly a light stretching and strengthening program to follow treatment.

History

PRP was first developed in the 1970s and first used in Italy in 1987 in an open heart surgery procedure. PRP therapy began gaining popularity in the mid 1990s. It has since been applied to many different medical fields such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports medicine and pain management.

The number of peer reviewed publications studying the PRP's efficacy has increased dramatically since 2007.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us to learn about variances in the number of treatments that may be required, the results that can be expected, and factors that affect these results.

 

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