Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors” or proteins that help your blood clot. It also contains proteins that promote cell growth. PRP is produced by isolating and concentrating plasma from blood.
By injecting PRP into damaged tissues, new cell production and healing are achieved.
What are the purposes of PRP injections?
Wrinkles: PRP process is applied in order to reduce the wrinkles caused by aging in the skin and to restore the flexibility and brightness of the skin. The rejuvenating effect of the skin becomes evident with a bright and lively appearance immediately after PRP application.
Hair loss: PRP can be injected into the scalp to prevent hair loss. According to 2014 research, PRP injections are effective in treating androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.
Tendon injuries: Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury. PRP injections are used to treat chronic tendon problems such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis in the ankle, and jumper’s knee that cause pain in the patellar tendon in the knee.
Acute injuries: PRP injections can be used to treat acute sports injuries such as knee sprains.
Post-operative/post-operative repair: PRP injections are used after surgery to repair a torn tendon or ligaments (such as the anterior cruciate ligament). In addition, PRP can be applied to ensure rapid healing of the skin after applications such as laser or peeling.
PRP injection application:
A sample is taken from your blood. The sample amount depends on where the PRP will be injected.
The blood is placed in a centrifuge. This machine rotates too fast, causing separation of blood components. The separation process takes about 15 minutes.
The separated plasma is prepared for injection into the affected area.
Your doctor will then inject PRP into the affected area.