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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

What is Platelet Rich Plamsa?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests. The substance is a by--product of your own blood, (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood and the large amount of blood needed to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits the physician to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only a small amount blood drawn from the patient while they are in the clinic.

How does PRP Work?

PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors into the wound. These growth factors function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released into the wound, the more stem cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. Thus, one can easily see that PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

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What can you expect during an office visit for Platelet Rich Plasma?

The process entails first drawing blood from the patient. The blood is collected in a specially prepared test tube, containing a separating gel that helps collect the precious platelets. The separation process, requiring a centrifuge, takes approximately 9 minutes. Once the PRP serum is ready, it’s aspirated into a syringe; and ready for injection. The serum is thin enough to use a very narrow needle — the same, small-caliber, needle size normally used to administer Botox. We then inject the PRP into the areas you want to improve, along small lines and wrinkles. We can treat your entire face for rejuvenation.

Who is a good candidate for PRP?

Any patient concerned about using Botox® Cosmetic or commercial fillers — but who is still worried about aged skin or losing facial volume, causing deep folds or wrinkles — can look forward to this new option. Better still, using your own blood eliminates the risks of infection and allergic reactions.

Other treatments to consider: 3D Skin Rejuvenation, Botox® Cosmetic, Facial Fillers, SoftLift and Titan.

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