Platelet-rich Plasma for Regeneration and to Accelerate Healing
Platelet-rich Plasma is near-stem cell therapy in that part of the body’s natural response to concentrated PRP growth factors is stem cell activation.
Platelet-rich Plasma PRP is a type of biocellular regenerative medicine. The procedure consists of taking between 30mL or 60mL of your own blood, and extracting from it the platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP.
PRP therapy dates back to the 1970s, although few had access to treatment. At that time the technology was new and equipment was very expensive. In addition, it would require a very large amount of blood, up to 10 times that required today, to achieve similar levels of growth factor concentration we can obtain today in our treatment centers.
PRP therapy has been used extensively by famous athletes from all over the world. One such athlete is Tiger Woods. Since early adoption, PRP has become routine with professional athletes, since it can assist them with injury recovery and is in no way linked to performance enhancement – only recovery enhancement.
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Platelet-rich Plasma is SAFE and has been studied for more than 20 years.
PRP therapy has a very low risk of negative side-effects. PRP uses your own blood to concentrate growth factors, so rejection never occurs.
Some concerns about the possibility of hyperplasia have been raised. In this scenario, the logic behind this theory was PRP could perhaps lead to the enlargement of an organ or tissue, caused by an increase in the reproduction rate of its cells, developing into a form of cancer. Since there has been no documented cases of tumor growth associated with the use of platelet-rich plasma after more than 10-20 years of it’s use, this concern is more or less discarded by scientist who lead the research pertaining to regenerative medicine through PRP.
We are learning today that cancers are more a part of our modern lifestyle and diet, than using one’s own blood and concentrated growth factors to assist with tissue healing, recovery and regeneration. If you are looking to avoid cancer, it is best to avoid things heavily linked to cancer (for which there are many we can discuss with you), and not worry too much about platelet-rich plasma.
How does PRP work?
Everyone understands that when we injure ourselves, the body’s own natural healing process begins to take action naturally. The human body actually has healing platelets embedded within the blood. When injuries occur, these healing factors travel to the injury site to begin the regeneration process. It’s known that the percentage of platelets in the blood range between 5-7% normally in healthy adults. Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) allows us to concentrate these platelets to more than 90%, then reintroduce them locally to the area of treatment.
PRP Procedure Process
The platelet rich plasma procedure process is usually a 30-60 minute procedure. Depending on the procedure, the physician will take 30mL or 60mL of blood from the patient, injecting a small amount of anti-clotting agent. The mixture is then placed in a specialized disposable treatment kit and placed in a harvesting machine to concentrate the platelets. This takes roughly 14 minutes. The the result is three unique biochmical layers: 1) patelets, 2) blood, 3) plasma.
The physician then discards discards the plasma-poor layer, and then a buffy-coat layer is extracted with a small amount of red blood cells. At this time the PRP is activated.
Once the growth factors are activated and injected, these growth factors can last for 7-10 days. The platelets stimulate macrophages, stem cells, and other cellular activity which encourages and accelerates the healing process. Ironically, even the micro-damage created by the syringe into the injection site, stimulates endogenous factors to signal the body to heal. Many physicians will use these micro-injections as an added enhancement to treatment. In particular, with hair loss and facial rejuvenation, often micro-needling is included to further stimulate healing. This is often referred to as “peppering the treatment area.”
The Most Important item with Platelet-rich Plasma PRP is generally linked to the quality of the equipment used to harvest the PRP. We use only the highest rated technology known as the Harvest SmartPrep system. It has consistently outperformed many others in independent studies on optimal and consistent concentrations of PRP.