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Platelet-Rich Plasma (or PRP) for Quicker Healing and Pain Reduction

You’ve surely heard about the magnificent healing abilities of blood-derived plasma for treating orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. In recent years this miraculous substance is commonly used for treating the issues with orgasm in women, erectile function in men, hair loss both in men and women, skin aging, and much more.

In the medical community, this material is officially called platelet-rich plasma or PRP and is widely applied for improving multiple skin conditions, orthopedic disorders, and even sexual dysfunction. Discover the details of PRP treatment to make sure you need it.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma is a blood component rich in platelets and growth factors that allow for natural healing of the tissue and cellular regeneration when injected into the injured place on the body. This material is commonly used for treating inflammations in joints, especially for treating the consequences of osteoarthritis.

PRP is prepared in a very simple manner:

  • a small sample of blood is taken from the arm of a patient and put into a vial;
  • the vial with blood is spun in the centrifuge at intense speeds;
  • after the spinning, the blood is separated into three layers including platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and a buffy coat;
  • only platelet-rich plasma is separated from the rest of the material to be used for treatment purposes.

The composition of PRP differs depending on the speed of centrifugation. At our clinic, we use the optimal speed for spinning the blood to make the quality of plasma as perfect as possible.

The Purpose of PRP Injections

As we’ve already mentioned the key purposes for PRP injections, now we add a bit more details on each one:

Hair loss and alopecia: PRP is injected into the scalp with a tiny needle. The injections are made all across the skin of the head to promote hair regrowth and nourish the skin of the head. PRP is often used for treating male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).

PRP for face: Platelet-rich plasma is used to treat the small wrinkles, overcome the dryness of skin and fight black circles under the eyes. PRP is often used for the microneedling cosmetic procedure which is provided to renew the skin and minify the signs of aging.

Tendon injuries treatment: Tendons are thick and tough webbing of tissue that connects muscles and bones. After the injury, these tough bands usually heal slowly and bring much discomfort.

Only platelet-rich plasma is a savior for those who need to get rid of tendon issues and pain as soon as possible. PRP is often used for treating the diagnoses like tendonitis (inflammation of tendons), Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, tennis elbow, and a jumper’s knee.

Sexual issues in men and women: Injections of PRP are used as a supporting procedure in male enhancement programs. They are used together with shock wave therapy provided to patients with erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. Platelet-rich plasma treatment is also offered to women who want to improve the sensibility and lubrication of their genitals during sexual intercourse.

Postsurgical repair: As the growth factors of platelet-rich plasma increase healing properties, this substance is often used for restorative purposes after surgery. Typically, patients receive PRP injections after surgery on a torn tendon or a ligament.

How to prepare for PRP injections?

Usually, getting ready for an upcoming procedure doesn’t require any specific activities. The only recommendation is to give up on bad habits though for a few days before the first procedure and not to eat too fatty food for 24 hours before receiving the first injection. This is required to make your blood a bit clearer since your blood sample is the key material that a doctor uses to prepare plasma.

The Process of PRP Treatment

When you come to a doctor’s office to receive your first PRP injection, a medical assistant applies a small portion of topical numbing cream on the injured site to reduce possible discomfort and make the skin less sensitive before the injection.

A sample of your blood is going to be taken by our qualified healthcare expert and placed into the vial to then spin in the centrifuge for 15 minutes.

Plasma is separated from other layers after the centrifugation and then a doctor fills up a syringe and injects the ready PRP into the affected area.

What about the recovery?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is the most natural treatment ever, so it doesn’t cause any allergic reactions and requires almost no downtime after the procedure. The only thing that is often advised to a patient is to neither rub nor scratch the injection site as well as hide it from the sun for a couple of days.

Typically patients don’t notice any side effects after the procedure except for a slight swelling or redness that goes away by itself in a few hours.

In the case of regular procedures provided within an individually prescribed regimen, you are going to notice faster healing and decreased pain at the affected area very quickly.

For any additional concerns, be sure to schedule a free consultation with one of our experts here.

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