PRP is a medical procedure which uses your cells to attempt to achieve specific therapeutic results. PRP is thought to work by producing growth of new tissue from the stimulation of stem cells. To accomplish this, the platelets used in PRP are treated with calcium chloride (which tricks the cells into thinking that they are in the body and the body has been injured). The platelets release growth factors into the platelet rich fibrin matrix liquid (PRFM). The liquid PRFM is injected by a medical provider into specific areas of the body using a needle.
Common uses of PRP are to reduce hair loss, improve healing from certain facial aesthetic procedures, and to help alleviate certain joint problems such as osteoarthritis and tendonitis. The results of this treatment may last for one to two years, but results will vary from patient to patient. Many patients experience improvement after 6-8 weeks, with continued changes for 4-6 months. For maximal benefit two subsequent treatments should be performed 6-8 weeks apart with a follow up treatment at 6-12 months.
The risks of PRP therapy are similar to other injectable therapies. Pain at injection site, bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction related to anesthetics which may be used. The greatest benefit of PRP therapy is that we use your own cells and your response to those cells to promote a reversal of the disease process. This is typically anti-infective and requires little to no down time. You are unable to take certain medications during the healing process which takes about two weeks. Your provider will discuss this with you at your consultation.