PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is an autologous treatment that is completely holistic as it uses your own blood, no synthetic materials. The treatment works based on the body’s natural healing process. It is a new holistic revolutionary repair system.
What is PRP therapy? The procedure involves taking the patient’s blood and concentrating the levels of platelets and growth factors to promote healing in injured tissue. PRP as a therapy is used to treat both clinical and aesthetic indications including; wound healing, burn trauma, tennis elbow, skin rejuvenation, under eye circles, hair restoration, cellulite, acne scars, acne and rosacea, pigmentation and much more.
PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production which thickens and tightens thinning skin, effectively smoothing wrinkles, and fine lines. Because it boosts collagen, it’s also a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone. It is particularly good for people who suffer from rosacea or acne.
PRP is extremely effective for treating difficult to treat areas, such as the delicate under eye area where clients often notice signs of ageing first but where no laser can be used.
A Treatment for Hair Loss. When your plasma is injected into the scalp, the growth factors in your blood cells help stimulate your hair growth cells to produce thicker hair over time.
Increase Volume in Your Face. The PRP process helps your body produce more collagen in the treated areas, naturally. This increase in collagen can help restore volume to areas that appear sunken.
Say Goodbye to Wrinkles and Fine Lines. A fantastic benefit of the PRP treatment is that it can help significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This means you can get a more youthful look in a short period without going under the knife.
The Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) facial popularized as the ‘vampire facial’ is a treatment that uses the plasma from your blood to help stimulate skin cell regeneration in the area it’s applied. This treatment is not just a trend; it has real skin and hair care benefits. It’s 100% Natural! PRP uses your blood to plasma which the practitioner then injects into the desired areas, not chemicals. This means it is the ideal procedure for anyone who feels worried about injecting foreign substances into their body.
Since PRP uses your plasma, there’s very little risk of side effects because the material comes from your body on top of the low-risk factor of the treatment as a whole. The last thing you want is results that only last for a short period. But people that get PRP treatments report having results that last for several years.
Leading up to your appointment, you should avoid any nsaids such as aspirin, ibuprofen diclofenac, celecoxib. Anticoagulation medicines should be stopped 3 weeks prior to treatment. No alcohol should be consumed for 72 hours prior to treatment. Avoid Vit E for at least 1 week, as well as herbal supplements and fish oils.
A medical professional draws blood from a vein in the arm. We then place the blood sample in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood, separating its components.
The platelets are then extracted using a syringe. They are then injected with platelets into targeted areas that require the therapy.
The entire process may take about 1 hour, and several sessions may be necessary.
Patients may experience approximately two to three days of being sore after joint injections. People receiving PRP for soft tissue injuries can expect pain for a few days. They may also experience stiffness.
Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient’s response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months.
Regenerating Tissue Therapy – Research studies and clinical practice have indicated that platelet rich plasma therapy is very advantageous. Both ultrasound and MRI images have outlined definitive tissue repair and remodelling after treatment, validating the successful healing process.
PRP Common Areas of Use; osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and spine, shoulder, rotator cuff tears, ankle sprains, tennis elbow, tendonitis, ligament sprains.
We are all aware that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. One of the body’s first responses to soft tissue injury is to immediately begin delivering platelets to the area to stimulate a healing response. These are filled with the capacity of growth factors that kick off the repair process, attracting further crucial aids of stem cells. By utilising this perfectly natural mechanism, PRP amplifies the body’s efforts by providing a higher concentration of platelets and notably increasing the body’s natural healing and further stimulating self-healing mechanisms.
It is completely safe. Patients with whom PRP Therapy has been applied have shown noticeable improvements in their pain levels as well as functional levels.
Since your own blood will be used during the procedure, there will be minimal risk associated with this procedure. PRP is performed in a sterile, clinic-based environment, without the need for any general anaesthetic or hospitalisation.
PRP Therapy assists in reducing pain and inflammation through the promotion of healing, where it can supply lasting results. Initial improvement can be seen within just a few weeks of PRP treatment.
The ultimate goal of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is to provide a treatment solution towards reducing pain and inflammation caused by an injury. It does so by speeding up the healing process and promoting recovery.
Between 1 hour – 1.5 hours
None you are good to go immediately post treatment.
DURATION OF RESULTS
PRP has a wide range of uses, but it is especially valuable in orthopedic medicine. Conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and sacroiliac joint can all be treated with PRP. Injuries to the spine, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, ACL injuries, tennis elbow, chronic tendonitis, ligament sprains, chronic neck pain, and lower back pain have also responded well to PRP treatments!
Generally a PRP injection requires an initial visit to see if the injury would benefit from such treatment, then a follow-up visit for the treatment itself is scheduled. The actual injection process takes about 45 minutes and a majority of that time involves drawing and processing the patient’s blood for the injection.
Here are some general guidelines:
Pain duration of 3-6 months or longer
Persistent pain despite physical therapy, activity modification, NSAIDs
Wishes to pursue alternative to surgical treatment
Patients typically tolerate the procedure well, although post-injection soreness is expected given the PRP-induced inflammatory response, in some cases.
There is no single “perfect” candidate for microblading. Any woman (or man) who wants fuller-looking eyebrows, perfectly shaped to their wishes, is ideal for the treatment.
Many women choose the treatment because their hair growth has slowed or stopped due to plucking, and they’re tired of using other products to tediously “draw” their brows. But that’s just one scenario. Microblading is popular among women of all backgrounds and situations.
One to six treatments depending on the degree of injury and how long the injury has been there.
Severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or active cancers are all contra-indications.
Most patients notice some element of improvement by 2 to 6 weeks after the treatment.
Any one with a cancer (such as prostate cancer or breast cancer), not in remission for at least 5 years.
Certain other malignancies or blood borne diseases that you are being treated for
Any current infection
Patients using a high dosage of Coumadin
General procedural contraindication
Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates
How quickly you can return to your normal activities depends on the condition and body part being treated. Injections in the elbow or shoulder may be placed in a sling for 48 hours to 1 week or more and then as needed for comfort.
For the ankle (Achilles tendon, peroneal tendon, plantar fascia), you will be required to wear a walking boot for up to two weeks or more. (If the injection is on the right side, you will not be able to drive with the boot on.)
If you have an injection in your knee for osteoarthritis, you only need to rest for 24 hours and then you can return to your normal activities. If the injection is in your patellar tendon or quadriceps tendon, your knee may be placed in a knee immobilizer for 1-2 days.
Most procedures will begin therapy 1 week after the injection.
PRP does not offer quick pain relief. Pain gradually subsides as the injured tissue repairs and pain relieving factors activate. This can take weeks or months, but when successful, the effect is lasting. If relief is not sufficient at 3 months, a second injection may be performed. Maximum effects are usually seen at 6-9 months. Some knee joints may require 2 injections in closer succession.
Do not take anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Mobic, Naproxen, Nabumetone, or Diclofenac for 7 days prior to the injection and several weeks after the last injection. Pain medication will be prescribed the day of the procedure to be taken as needed. A regular aspirin regimen (81mg/day) is okay. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is allowed.