Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Rejuvenation and Healing
Platelets are cells in the blood that are primarily known for their importance in blood clotting, but they also contain concentrated levels of healing substances important for injuries when clotting is needed.
Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood in which all the types of blood cells are suspended. When the platelets and plasma are separated out from the red and white blood cells in whole blood, it produces a concentrated solution of platelets and healing substances in the clear plasma, known as platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
PRP can be used for multiple types of treatments in many different kinds of tissue. Because it’s taken from your own blood, there’s no chance of an allergic reaction.
PRP has been shown to produce improvement in:
- both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries like tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- chronic skin ulcers
- non-healing bone fractures
- hair loss
- skin rejuvenation
- chronically dry eyes
At Getachew Health Center, we’ve had great results with PRP used for tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (often with one treatment), and chronic dry eyes (PRP drops for home use).
What’s a PRP treatment like?
Our medical assistants are so proficient at drawing blood that you’ll barely feel it. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to first separate the platelet portion of the plasma from the red and white blood cells and then we concentrate the platelet portion of the plasma further with a second spin in the centrifuge. We use the most concentrated portion of the resulting plasma for the treatment.
PRP can be painted over the tiny holes made by microneedling or a Profractional treatment to deliver it into the deeper layers of skin or injected. If it’s being used for dry eyes, we provide it to patients in sterile eyedropper bottles for home use.
Are there risks with PRP treatments?
As with any injection, there are risks of bruising and the rare chance of infection from the needle puncture. There are no risks of PRP treatments used for hair loss or skin rejuvenation and with sterile precautions followed and freezing of unused eye drops, minimal risk of infection.