What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
Plasma is the liquid portion of blood, which is the largest part of the blood, and is essential for carrying nutrients, hormones and proteins to the body parts that need it. Platelets, or thrombocytes, help in forming blood clots and prevent or stop bleeding thus helping our body’s healing process. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments uses a patient’s own platelets and injects them into body parts which are injured to boost the healing process. This therapy can be used to accelerate healing of many injured body parts like tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles.
How does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) work?
During this procedure, blood will be drawn from your body, platelet-rich plasma will be separated from the rest of the blood and injected directly in specific locations being treated. This helps in releasing growth factors which stimulate the body’s reparative cells. The procedure can take 30 minutes or longer, depending on the targeted area.
What to expect before treatment?
Before your PRP session, your medical provider will discuss the treatment goals and ask you a few questions regarding your medical history. Your doctor will discuss the details of the procedure in detail with you and conduct a few simple tests. If you are on any chronic oral steroids, a plan to discontinue them before your procedure, may also be discussed with you. You will be asked to avoid taking blood thinning herbs/vitamins/supplements, steroid injections, and any systematic steroids for 2-3 weeks before the procedure. PRP is also not advisable or performed on anyone with an abnormal platelet function, low-platelet count, anaemia, or an active systemic infection. Your blood will be collected, and your platelets will be concentrated in a centrifuge before the procedure.
What to expect during the treatment?
During the treatment, a local anaesthetic is applied on the area that is to be treated. Your doctor will then re-inject the collected sample of platelet rich plasma into the site of treatment, under the guidance of ultrasound to stimulate the healing process. The treatment generally takes no longer than 90 minutes, and you will be advised to remain in seat and rest for a short period of time. Most patients will only need one treatment, but certain patients will need to undergo 1-3 treatments to achieve optimal results.
Even though there is very little downtime after your PRP treatment, you are still advised to rest for a couple of days post-treatment. The following post-care tips will ensure that you heal properly and head back to your daily routine faster:
- Keep the injection site dry and clean
- Do not shower or swim for 10 hours after treatment
- Leave the bandage on for 24 hours after treatment
- Do not apply ice or heat on the treated area
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 72 hours post treatment
- Avoid strenuous physical exercises for at least three days
- Do not smoke for at least 72 hours post procedure
- Your doctor may ask you to avoid taking any supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
- Stay hydrated
Benefits of PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an effective therapy for facial rejuvenation. Not only does PRP repair your skin through growth factors and nutrients, it also stimulates the production of collagen, producing anti-aging effects. PRP cosmetic injections are a natural and safe aesthetic treatment option. The platelet-rich plasma used is taken from a sample of the patient’s blood and therefore well-tolerated. At MedCare Aesthetics, our health team uses PRP cosmetic injections to treat a variety of conditions including hair loss, facial volume loss, scars, sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Results from PRP cosmetic injections appear natural and generally last six to twelve months.
1. How do I know if I am suitable for PRP?
Your medical provider will determine during your consultation, whether you are a right candidate for PRP. They will conduct a comprehensive review of your medical history and current symptoms.
2. How long does a PRP treatment take?
The treatment can take anywhere between 60 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.
3. Does PRP cause inflammation?
A PRP treatment stimulates a healing response and might initially cause inflammation and discomfort.
4. Can I take anti-inflammatory medications after PRP?
You will be advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medications for at least six weeks after the treatment, to avoid interference with the natural healing process.
5. Are PRP injections safe?
Although there is a very small risk of clotting, PRP injections are deemed to be safe, and most patients undergo these procedures with no complications.
What conditions does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treat?
- Hair Growth
- Skin Concerns
- Area Around the Eyes
- Fine Lines
How long does it take to work?
While it may take about 2-3 weeks to start noticing the results and about 4-6 weeks to achieve optimal benefits from the treatment, the results are dependent on the area being treated.
What are the side effects of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
The patient may experience pain or discomfort in the treated area. Swelling or bruising are also common side effects. There is also a small risk of infection or injury to the tendons, ligaments, or blood vessels. Your physician will discuss with you in detail regarding all the possible side effects, during your consultation.
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