The science of PRP
Our blood is made up of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, and 1% platelets. It is suspended in a fluid called plasma. Platelets are best known for their function in blood clotting to stop bleeding. Platelets, however, are much more significant than this as they are also a critical component in injury healing. Platelets are naturally rich in connective tissue growth factors. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the area. Platelets initiate repair and attract stem cells to the injury site. By injecting these growth factors into areas of the body, we speed up the natural repair process. To maximize this process, platelets must be concentrated and separated from the red blood cells.
How is PRP Created?
Creation of PRP and PRF is simple, painless, and can be done in an office visit. The process takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the amount and type of product. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. This blood is placed in a centrifuge which is a machine that spins the blood at high speeds which separates the components of blood. Once the blood is processed, the component with concentrated platelets is withdrawn. The rest of the blood is discarded.
What treatments can PRP be used for?
PRP is a great adjunct to most cosmetic procedures. By stimulating growth and healing, it can rejuvenate skin, promote collagen growth or be used as a filler.
What are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma helps rejuvenate your skin to smooth out imperfections and give a healthy glow. The specialized injections are platelet preparations made from your own blood. PRP treatment for facial rejuvenation is aimed at turning back the hands of time.
These treatments require a little more time for preparation. To start, your blood is drawn and placed in a special centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of your blood. The platelet-concentrated blood is rich in growth factors and other proteins which are released to heal and rejuvenate the skin.
The PRP mixture is injected into specific areas of your skin to stimulate the growth of new skin cells and collagen, which is the protein responsible for supple and youthful-looking skin. The concentration of platelets speed up healing and cell production.
Individual results may vary