What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, or “liquid gold” as it is affectionately known. When whole blood is spun down in a centrifuge, what you are left with is a layer of erythrocytes (red blood cells), plasma and a concentrated layer of platelets. These platelets, while more commonly known for their clotting abilities, also contain growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration and promote healing.
How is it used?
PRP can be used for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration via injection therapy and in combination with a microneedling pen, to ensure penetration deep into the tissues. PRP is also used for joint regeneration purposes (see our 'Regenerative Medicine' link for more information).
What does the procedure entail?
Your practitioner will draw a few vials of blood, put it in a centrifuge, and allow it to spin down for approximately 20 minutes. During that time, if you are receiving aesthetic PRP, a numbing cream is applied and allowed to take effect. Once the separation of the whole blood is complete, the PRP is extracted and injected into the skin or joint via micropen or injection therapy. Downtime for these procedures is minimal, with most activity able to be resumed within a few days.
For joint injections in particular, we ask that you avoid anti-inflammatory medications, turmeric, and fish oils at least five days prior to your treatment and nine days after.
Contact us at Renu for more information.