What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelet Rich Plasma is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is taken and placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
PRP has a long history of being used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery, and now its benefits are being applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and newer studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and aging skin issues.
- How does Platelet Rich Plasma therapy work to reduce signs and symptoms of aging?
While there are many factors that contribute to aging, physical signs occur when the body’s cells become damaged, and DNA can no longer divide to replicate healthy, new cells. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy uses platelets and growth factors to regenerate new tissues and cells, allowing many conditions associated with aging to be improved. The arrival of platelets and growth factors to a specific area attracts stem cells to the same site, which then work to form healthy new tissue. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy works to create new cells that can reverse or slow down the appearance of aging on the face, while improving the function of joints, tendons, and fascia in order to improve aches and pains. The many Anti-Aging and Regenerative functions of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can be combined with other therapies to help patients achieve optimal Anti-Aging results.
- How does Platelet Rich Plasma work to heal injuries?
Platelet Rich Plasma works with the body’s natural healing process to restore and regenerate tissue. When an injury occurs in the body, special parts of the blood, known as platelets run to the rescue to stop bleeding and repair the tissue. Platelets help to form scabs on the outside of the body, and they stimulate collagen production. Tendons, ligaments, and fascia all need collagen to be rejuvenated because most soft tissues are made with collagen.
In Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, a very small amount of the patient’s own blood is taken and spun down in a centrifuge to obtain the platelets and growth factors. Then, the mixture is injected into the site of the injury or pain, and it works to rejuvenate tissue, while stimulating collagen production.
Many types of athletes, which include gymnasts, golfers, football players, baseball players, runners, climbers, and basketball players can benefit from this cutting edge therapy. Platelet Rich Plasma can help to treat numerous types of injuries, some of which include:
- ACL tears
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- PCL tears
- Medial and lateral meniscus tears
- Sprained ankles
- How Can I Get Started With Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
- Beverly Hills Platelet Rich Plasma Doctor, David Schechter, M.D. can design a protocol for patients that can help them to feel and look more youthful from the inside out. Before getting started with Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, he will obtain the patient’s full medical history and take the time to understand treatment goals. Then, the doctor will work with the patient to create a personalized plan that incorporates Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and potentially other therapies. This cutting edge therapy continues to evolve and help patients achieve their desired goals.