Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used to treat a number of conditions due to their healing properties. Platelet-Rich Plasma is extracted from a blood sample by separating the parts. Plasma is a liquid made mostly of water and protein. Platelets are a type of blood cell that helps blood clot, and aids in healing through cell reproduction and tissue regeneration.
What is PRP treatment used for?
Platelet-rich plasma is used to treat a number of conditions, including the following:
- Skin: wrinkles, sagging, scars, and sun damage (used in Vampire Face Lift procedures)
- Hair loss
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence
- Joint inflammation
- Sports injuries
How does PRP work?
PRP Therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that activates and boosts healing processes through growth factors. These growth factors are found in platelets and help the body repair itself efficiently.
What should patients do before getting PRP injections?
In the weeks before the procedure, patients are advised to stop taking medication that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Additionally, patients should discontinue use of vitamin a, vitamin e, and supplements such as flax oil and fish oil. Patients should also drink plenty of fluid to stay hydrated the day before the procedure.
What can patients expect during and after PRP therapy?
Patients will first have blood drawn through a needle in the vein of their arm, and their blood is tested for platelets. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge device that separates the blood parts, and concentrates the platelets with plasma.
To prepare for injections, the doctor will numb the area to be treated. While patients may experience mild discomfort during the treatment, this is a painless procedure. Risks of complications and infections are minimal because patients are receiving components of their own blood.
Following the procedure, patients should keep the injection site clean and dry. Avoid ice or heat on the injection site for several days. Discontinue use of anti-inflammatory medications, blood-thinners, and certain supplements and vitamins for the first few weeks after treatment.
Who can get PRP injections?
PRP therapy is safe and can benefit many people. It is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have an active infection, anemia, Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, blood cancer, or diseases that require taking blood thinners.
At Regenerative Medical Institute, we offer Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy to treat a number of conditions. Learn more by visiting our website: rmi.live and schedule your free consultation by calling our office: 877-573-3737.