PRP | Platelet-Rich Plasma | Richmond Hill
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary regenerative medicine gaining popularity due to its ability to heal damaged tissues, rejuvenate skin, and promote hair growth. Centrifugation draws a small blood sample from the patient, and the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is separated from the red blood cells. As a result, the PRP contains a high concentration of platelets and white blood cells that help support cell growth and accelerate the healing process, making it an effective treatment option for many conditions.
PRP therapy has been used in orthopedics, sports medicine, and dentistry for over two decades to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. However, in recent years, it has also gained popularity in the field of dermatology. PRP therapy is commonly used to treat acne scars, wound healing, skin rejuvenation, and hair loss. The benefits of PRP come from the platelets and the combination of growth factors and cytokines in the plasma.
When released, the platelets harbour an immense reserve of more than 800 proteins, affecting a broad range of targets, including stem cells. These proteins promote tissue repair and healing by stimulating cell growth and angiogenesis, forming new blood vessels. Other essential components in PRP include fibrinogen and leukocytes, which further support tissue healing.
The PRP injection is performed by injecting the platelet-rich plasma directly into the affected area, such as damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, or skin tissue. PRP injections are commonly used for sports injuries such as torn tendons, as they reduce pain and support tissue healing. PRP therapy is also used for cosmetic procedures such as hair loss and skin rejuvenation. The microneedling with PRP site may experience mild side effects, such as redness or swelling. However, these side effects are temporary and generally subside within a few days.
The effectiveness of PRP treatment varies depending on the severity and type of the condition being treated. The concentration of platelets in the PRP is essential in determining its efficacy. A platelet concentration of approximately 1 million platelets/μl, about five times the average concentration of platelets, has demonstrated wound healing and tissue reparative efficacy.
PRP therapy can be a great alternative to traditional treatments as it promotes the body’s natural healing processes and can accelerate recovery time. Overall, PRP therapy offers a promising treatment option for a range of conditions, and with further research, it may become an increasingly essential tool in medicine.
PRP AND ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA
PRP hair treatment has gained recognition for its positive and beneficial effects in treating androgenetic hair loss. The use of PRP in hair treatment involves injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp using a micro-needling device.
The growth factors present in PRP hair therapy support hair follicles and maintain the active phase of the hair cycle, known as anagen. Many studies have shown statistically significant improvements in hair density, hair diameter, and terminal/vellus hair ratio, with most patients reporting satisfaction with their clinical results.
PRP for hair loss is a promising alternative to traditional hair restoration procedures, offering a natural and minimally invasive approach to healthy hair growth.
PRP AND FACIAL REJUVENATION (VAMPIRE FACIAL)
In recent years, PRP facial treatment has gained popularity in dermatology for its positive effects on fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, skin texture, stretch marks, and surgical scars. PRP facial cell regeneration, also known as a “vampire facial” due to its association with Kim Kardashian’s endorsement in 2013, has become a highly sought-after treatment option for skin rejuvenation.
The procedure involves using microneedling with PRP, where the platelet-rich plasma is applied topically to the skin and then injected using a micro-needling device. The growth factors and cytokines in PRP therapy support cell growth and accelerate the healing process, promoting collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
With the increasing demand for natural and minimally invasive skincare procedures, PRP treatment has become one of the most requested treatments in the field of dermatology.
PRP AND ACNE SCARS
PRP injection has been found effective in helping patients with different types of scarring left behind due to acne breakouts. PRP injections, when injected into the scar tissue, stimulates collagen and elastin production in the underlying layers of the skin. Over time, the depressions of the scars begin to even out, leaving a smoother, plumper, more youthful appearance.
PRP AND ANTI-AGEING
PRP is a medical procedure where your skin is healing and improving with each treatment. Over time your skin becomes smoother, plumper, more radiant, and youthful. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. The plasma comes from your own blood, making it an all-natural serum that is safe and effective as an anti-ageing therapy.
PRP contains chemokines, cytokines, plasma proteins, and growth factors, which can contribute to the acceleration of healing, tissue growth, and generation of hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that there are over 800 different types of proteins present in PRP. These proteins and growth factors can stimulate stem cells and improve cellular proliferation, differentiation, and regeneration.
PRP AND P SHOT FOR ED AND SEXUAL ENHANCEMENT
PRP is also used for sexual enhancement for men and women. Two procedures, known as the P Shot (Priapus Shot), and O Shot (Orgasm Shot). The P Shot is a trademarked procedure developed by Dr. Charles Runels of the Cellular Medicine Association.
To rejuvenate the sexual organs, PRP uses growth factors in your blood to stimulate new tissue growth.
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