Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes the healing power of isolated platelets from the individual’s own blood to aid in the regenerative process of their body’s soft tissues and bones. Based on an innate wound-healing ability using your own platelets to help restore tissue naturally, the therapy is performed by injecting components collected from the blood. Substances known as growth factors within the platelets activate and rejuvenate cells in the body.
Wound healing greatly depends on the body’s platelets as they provide initial Hemostasis and release mediators to help modulate the inflammatory response and many of the cellular functions involved in healing of a wound.. Growth factors are proteins that impart particular biochemical messages to specific target cells through precise membrane receptors. Growth factors possess paracrine related properties, which are stimulatory for mitogenic activities, cellular differentiation, protein transcription, chemotaxis, angiogenesis, and collagenase activities.
The treatment of PRP is relatively simple and starts by first taking a small amount of blood from the patient, then transferring it to the YES PRP Kit and then placing it into a swing arm centrifuge for 8 minutes. After centrifugation, the PPP (Platelet Poor Plasma), PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Buffy Coat and Red Blood Cells will be visibly separated and easy to discern. The medical professional will then use a simple process to harvest the PRP and Buffy Coat for treatment on the patient. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, is done at the office and has many applications.
PRP can be used in most individuals between 18 and 80 years old however if you have the following conditions you should not consider this protocol.
- Abnormal Platelet Function (blood disorder)
- Cancer and/or Chemotherapy
- Skin disease
- Anti coagulation therapies
- Recent use of Corticosteroids
- Chronic or Acute infections
- Severe metabolic and/or system disorder
- Chronic Liver problems
Benefits of PRP Therapy
Using the patient’s own tissue (Autologous) virtually eliminates the potential problems with allergies or rejection.
Other reasons to consider PRP and its benefits are:
- Minimal down time
- Very few contraindications
- Greatly reduced risk
- Short recovery time
- No implant, natural looking results
- Longer lasting results
- Accelerate and enhance the healing process
- Reduced trauma and inflammation
- Cost effective treatment
- Chronic wounds treated with a physiologically relevant concentration of platelet-rich plasma gel: a prospective case series.
- Induction of dermal collagenesis, angiogenesis, and adipogenesis in human skin by injection of platelet-rich fibrin matrix.
- The use of platelet-rich plasma in plastic surgery: a systematic review.
- Autologous platelet-rich plasma: a potential therapeutic tool for promoting hair growth.
- Can platelet-rich plasma enhance tendon repair? A cell culture study.
PRP in the News
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma an Effective Healing Therapy?
Athletes such as Tiger Woods and the Pittsburgh Steelers’s Hines Ward have undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy, but is there evidence that the treatment really speeds the healing of injuries?
Vampire hair treatment: Using your own blood to restore thinning hair
A new spooky-sounding, non-invasive treatment is sprouting up and the patient’s own blood is at the root.
Platelet Rich Plasma Increasing in Popularity
The treatment is now more widely available in South Florida.
Body, Heal Thyself
…he believes we can speed up the body’s ability to heal itself with a remarkably simple technique. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy — or PRP
Stanford pioneers new tendons treatment
Dr. Allan Mishra of Stanford’s Menlo Clinic is helping to pioneer the use of platelet rich plasma, or “PRP” to coax the body into healing.
Saito’s on the cutting edge
Saito credited his unlikely recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament … to a cutting-edge medical procedure.