When you get injured, your body delivers platelets, an important component of your blood, to the affected area. Platelets contain growth factors that promote cell growth, regeneration, and healing. But while your body is quick to do this for injuries, it does not direct these much-needed factors to body changes that affect your appearance. This is where PRP treatments come in handy. Health and Wellness Verona experts use them to help you attain your aesthetic goals. Here is everything you should know about this treatment and its effects on your body.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Your blood contains different components, the most abundant of which is plasma. Plasma contains special proteins or factors called platelets that help your blood clot and support cell growth. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced by isolating plasma from blood and increasing its platelet concentration. When injected back into the body, its concentration of growth factors stimulates your body to produce new, healthy cells, stimulating the natural healing process.
What Are the Uses of PRP Treatment?
Experts believe that PRP stimulates the body’s tissues to heal faster because it contains a higher concentration of growth factors. Although the treatment is used to address physical injuries like tendon strains, it is more common in the field of aesthetics, where it is used for:
· Hair Restoration
PRP can be injected into targeted areas of the scalp to stimulate healing in dormant hair follicles. Over several treatments, the patient begins to produce thicker, healthier hair. Research from 2014 shows that PRP injections were effectively used to treat male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.
· Skin Rejuvenation
When combined with microneedling, PRP treatments can rejuvenate your skin. Microneedling creates small channels through which PRP serum can be introduced into the skin tissue. This treatment is known to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and more.
PRP Injection Process
The PRP procedure is relatively simple. You can expect the following steps from a typical session:
- Your healthcare provider will draw a sample of your blood.
- They will place the blood in a centrifuge to separate the components. This should take about 15 minutes.
- A technologist will then prepare the separated blood for injection.
- Your doctor will use imaging to identify the specific injection sites and inject the PRP.
Because they are non-invasive, PRP treatments don’t require downtime – you can get back to your day immediately after your procedure. It will take some time to see results, but the treatment should trigger your body’s natural regeneration and healing processes over the coming weeks. Several treatments are required to see hair restoration results, while skin treatment results can appear after one or several treatments, depending on the problem.
Potential Side Effects
PRP treatments are autologous, which means they use substances drawn directly from your body. Consequently, they present a significantly reduced risk of allergic reactions. However, while rare, the injection itself can have the following side effects:
- Bleeding or swelling
- Pain at the injection site
- Nerve injury
- Tissue damage
Your doctor will always take the necessary steps to minimize these risks.
Your blood holds your body’s ability to regenerate and heal itself, and PRP treatments harness that. At Montclair Rejuvenation Center, Kenneth Distefano, Kelly DiStefano, MD, and their team use platelet-rich plasma to revitalize and transform your skin or restore your hard, depending on your needs. Contact their Verona office to learn more, or schedule your appointment today.