Platelet Rich Plasma
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems. 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. Researchers are trying out PRP injections across several applications such as: Hair loss, Tendon injuries, Acute injuries, Postsurgical repair, Osteoarthritis.
When you go for your initial consultation, many providers will recommend against PRP for hair loss if you:
- are on blood thinners
- are a heavy smoker
- have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
You might also be rejected for treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with:
- acute or chronic infections
- chronic liver disease
- chronic skin disease
- hemodynamic instability
- metabolic disorder
- Facial/Skin Rejuvenation – Fortunately PRP is now becoming the treatment of choice to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and circles under the eyes. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is actually being referred to as the “liquid” facelift procedure.
- Hair Restoration – PRP is a successful treatment for restoring hair with very natural looking results.
Possible side effects:
As the PRP solution consists of a person’s own blood components, there are few risks of a reaction to the solution itself. However, people undergoing PRP treatments for hair loss may experience the following side effects:
- Mild pain at the injection site
- Scalp tenderness
- A headache
- Temporary bleeding at the injection site