Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma (also known as “PRP”) is an injection treatment using the patient’s own blood. A fraction of blood (8-11ml) is drawn from the patient and is then spun down in a special centrifuge (according to standard techniques) to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet-Rich Plasma, and Plasma.) The Platelet-Rich Plasma is first separated, producing 4-6ml of usable product, then activated with a small amount of calcium to allow the release of growth factors from the platelets which in turn amplifies the healing process.
PRP has been shown to have overall rejuvenating effects on the skin: improving skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles, increasing volume via the body’s increased production of collagen and elastin, and diminishing and improving the appearance of scars. Using the patient’s own tissue eliminates the possibility of allergies and provides the added benefit of mobilizing the patient’s own stem cells to improve tissue growth and healing.