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What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural way to improve your skin’s elasticity, texture, and smoothness. It is also an effective remedy for hair loss and thinness. PRP can effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and skin texture, dull or dry skin, surgical scars, and even stretch marks.
Platelet Rich Plasma is blood plasma; a concentrated solution of platelets (cell fragments) containing growth factors that accelerate regeneration and the growth of new tissue. Platelet activation is key to the body’s healing process.
How does a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment work?
During a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection, a small amount of blood is drawn at the treatment site and centrifuged to extract PRP from your red blood cells. The PRP is then injected back into the treatment site. The injection of Platelet Rich Plasma triggers healing and regeneration, increasing the number of reparative cells. PRP increases the concentration of platelets (cell fragments associated with clotting) and allows new collagen to develop. It is thought that PRP plays a role in fibroblast activation and collagen regeneration; helping to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate skin.
Recovery & Results
The PRP injection process is fast and effective, so recovery time is short. The whole procedure is completed in under an hour. Individuals can resume normal activities immediately.
The side effects of PRP are minimal since the process involves the individual’s own blood, but you may experience some minor bruising and swelling. The use of PRP injections can lead to smoother, firmer skin and less wrinkles.
A small 2015 study showed that men receiving PRP grew more hair with increased density after receiving PRP treatments. Often patients experienced shedding, followed by an early regrowth and increased hair length. When injected into the scalp, PRP can reduce the inflammation which leads to hair loss and increase hair thickness, hair count, and hair growth.