What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is cutting edge therapy in the field of cosmetic enhancements. Although the procedure is relatively new in aesthetics in the U.S.,PRP has been recognized as an effective treatment in sports injury, diabetic ulcer treatment and orthopedics to name a few.

Now patients who wish to use their own body’s regenerative power can do so without the concerns for infection, foreign material or surgical interventions. Studies are now showing promise for patients looking for that younger renewed look. It is also beneficial for those wishing to have a fuller facial feature without the use of commercial fillers.

This new addition in cosmetic enhancements has many possibilities such as eliminating skin wrinkles, rejuvenating the skin, improving the appearance in those with acne scarring and hastening the healing process after a facial peel.

The therapy begins by first drawing the patient’s own blood into a specially prepared test tube. The tube is then spun down in a centrifuge to separate out the precious platelets. The platelets are an important component in our blood and are necessary for normal clotting. However, these very same platelets, when activated, release several proteins that are beneficial for increasing collagen formation, connective tissue formation, skin tightening, and overall rejuvenation.

The separated platelets are then activated with calcium and then injected to the face or neck area. The injections are performed using very small needles similar to those used in Botox injections. The results are normally seen within 2-3 months and may require 2 separate sessions.

We at Dr Park Ave, in the spirit of offering and performing the latest in cosmetic enhancements, are now offering this therapy to the public. We are excited to remain on the cutting edge of the most advanced technology.

PRP has been used in a variety of clinical scenarios. Now it has recently been used in aesthetics. A new and effective use of PRP has been the successful regrowth of thinning hair, especially in women. This condition known as female alopecia can now be treated with the use of your own activated platelets. Platelets are commonly known to be one of the main blood components to help us clot normally. It has now been shown that when these platelets are activated with calcium gluconate, a remarkable occurrence happens. The platelets begin to release proteins called cytokines which contain several growth factors. Some of which are effective in regrowing dormant or thinning hair. The process is straightforward, a tube of blood is drawn from the arm just like in a normal physical exam. The tube is then spun in a centrifuge which separates out the platelets. These platelets are then mixed with a solution of calcium gluconate for activation and injected into the scalp with a tiny needle. The procedure is not time consuming and one can conceivably return to work that same day!

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