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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets centrifuged from blood, and is commonly known for PRP injection (blood injection) or autologous blood injection.
Plasma contains rich amounts of platelets, growth factors required for cell growth. Cytokines for cell signaling, and mono-nuclear cells, which are essential for making stem cells.
These components are effective for wound recovery. Skin Regeneration, anti-aging and treatment of hyper pigmentation, by recovering damaged blood vessels.
PRP, when injected in loose and aging skin, is especially helpful for recovering damaged skin and filling up loose skin.
What Can Be Treated?
PRP Offers a very natural rejuvenating effect around 2 to 3 months after the first treatment the skin becomes suppler and more toned, less wrinkly, and its complexion is rosier, particularly around the eyes as dark circles are brightened. When injected into the deep dermis, PRP also has a Volumizing action. To ensure the skin’s long term regeneration, a series of maintenance sessions should be regularly carried-out.
How many sessions will I require ?
This varies from person to person, but usually between 3-6 session spread over 3-6 months are required.
Patients usually tolerate the injection well. However, there can be soreness after the injection due to the PRP -induced inflammatory response. You can expect swelling and soreness during the first 48 hours, post injection and are given pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort.
Most Patients see some improvement within 2-6 weeks. The Pain becomes less and less as the weeks pass with most clinical trials reporting improvement up to 6-9 months post injection.
Are these Injections safe?
Platelet injections are safe. Since you are using your body’s own blood components and there are no foreign substances being injected into your body, the injections are considered safe.
However, there is some minimal risk involved. During research studies and clinical trials, the only risk noted was that the injection could cause an infection to develop. This is not unique to platelet injections, anytime a person undergoes an injection there is this risk. But because there are no foreign bodies being injected and there is no concern of disease transmission, this therapy is considered to be safe.
Using one’s own body as a healing mechanism is a relatively new concept in the world of medicine, and an exciting one at that. As therapies such as these begin to prove they are beneficial and effective, you will likely see similar therapies develop in other medical areas.
Is there any Patient who would Not Be a Good Candidate for PRP?
Patients with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection or those with an active cancer are not recommended to be administered PRP.
Medications to avoid before PRP
You should not have a PRP injection if you have used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID ‘s).