The Power of Platelet-Rich Plasma

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Have you harnessed the power of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma?

This substance comes from your own body and it can be used in many different ways. Orthopedists use it as a part of stem cell treatments that are designed to help restore torn cartilage or injured muscles. It can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as those that will restore your skin and help reduce your acne. In fact, you’ll find that there are so many proven uses for PRP that it’s hard to list them.

The Basics of PRP

PRP comes from the blood. In fact, the last word in this abbreviation – plasma – refers to your whole blood, the stuff that comes out of your skin when you cut yourself. Plasma is a mixture of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The platelet part of them is what clots. Without these platelets, you would continue to bleed, which is obviously a bad thing.

Before a PRP treatment can begin, blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This prevents any potential contamination or other issues. Since it’s your own blood, you are less likely to have a reaction of some kind. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to concentrate the platelets into a form that can be used. Doing this stimulates them in a way that makes them more likely to heal you.

When the platelets are activated, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to, which is to improve your appearance or be used as a part of a stem cell treatment.

Cellular regeneration takes twenty-one days; therefore, the procedure is usually preformed at one-month intervals until desired results are achieved. The side effects are usually limited as the injections are done with the patient’s own blood. The injection site can be tender and some bruising may occur. So, it’s important to undergo relative rest after the procedure, followed by progressive a stretching and strengthening program specific to the joint injected.

PRP For Joint Pain

If you are experiencing pain from degeneration of the body’s tissues–such as ligament tears, muscle tears, back or neck injuries, sprains and strains and osteoarthritis–PRP can help. The average number of treatment sessions is 3-6 depending on the chronicity of the injury or pain, and the response to treatment varies, depending on your body’s ability to heal itself.

During your consultation with one of the naturopathic physicians, they will determine if there are any necessary treatment protocols that should take place before the injections. While the injection site may be sore and or bruised after the procedure, this usually goes away after 72 hours. A stretching and strengthening program can help to enhance results.

PRP for Cosmetic Uses

Cosmetic uses are one of the most interesting ones for these platelets. Since they have healing properties, they can be used in a facial or as a treatment for acne. The platelets, once they are placed on the skin, will smooth and tighten it and even make the skin brighter. It can even clear up acne scars that are around ten years old or more.

Many women have tried this therapy, since it’s non-invasive and painless, except for the needle stick that’s required to draw the blood for the treatment. In addition, PRP can be injected under the skin. It makes a good filler and an all-natural substitute for enhancing the cheekbones and filling the nasolabial folds. Plus, if you have fine lines, such as the ones that appear at the sides of your mouth (called marionette lines), injecting PRP will take care of them as well.

Men who suffer from hair loss have found that PRP treatments can help stimulate the hair follicles, making them grow again. This prevents the newly grown hairs from falling out, and it means that they won’t have to undergo a hair transplant.

Learn More About The Power of PRP

As you can see, PRP has many cosmetic uses. It rejuvenates the skin, making it look better. If you don’t want other fillers placed in your face, then you can have PRP injected there as well; it really is a powerful substance.

Contact Bay Wellness Centre today to learn more about your options for platelet-rich plasma!