Mar 3, 2020

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections: What to Know

Dr. Neera Bhatia Obgyn - Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections: What to Know

Have you see our Facebook post about spa services using PRP? Are you thinking “Oh great another medical acronym, now what does this stand for”? PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is a substance that’s thought to promote healing when injected. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that’s mostly made of water and protein. It lets red and white blood cells and platelets move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a type of blood cell that makes your blood clot. They also play a role in healing.

How are PRP injections used?

There are many different ways PRP injections can be used like on injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin. PRP injections are even use it as a cosmetic procedures to target signs of aging (you may have heard these called a “vampire facial”), hair loss, or even sexual rejuvenation therapy. No matter what area is being targeted the idea is that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, researchers think the body’s tissues may heal faster.

How does the PRP process work?

First, a the practitioner will draw a small amount of blood similar to what is normally required for basic lab work. Next the blood is place in a centrifuge machine to be spun very quickly. This spinning causes the blood to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. After the plasma has be separated it will be prepared for injection into the affected area. Once injected it will break down and release growth factors, which are compounds that help cells repair and renew.

Is PRP treatment right for you?

The PRP procedure is safe for almost everyone, except for those with clotting conditions that require blood thinners or those with other blood-related health issues. Dr. Neera Bhatia offers several medical spa services based around PRP so if you are unsure if it is right for you please call to schedule a consultation. Let Dr. Bhatia talk to you about Facial Rejuvenation Therapy, Hair Restoration, or Sexual Rejuvenation Therapy using PRP techniques.

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Source: WebMD
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