What is plasma and what is platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots, it is backbone of all healing process of body.
What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with concentrated platelets of patients himself.
What is platelet rich plasma therapy?
It is injections of PRP; it has variety of indication in different fields of medicine. It is used to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In dermatology PRP injections used in hair loss, facial skin rejuvenation, acne scar, superficial wrinkles.
How does the PRP treatment work?
The platelets contain various proteins that can improve cell proliferation, blood vessel ingrowth, and eventual tissue healing. It has numerous growth factors when injected into skin or hair root it provides stimulus for collagen regeneration which improves skin texture, reduces scar, reduces fine wrinkles, growth factors keeps hair follicles to stay for longer time in anagen or growth phase and minimises hair fall. It also provides stimulus to hair which are in dormant phase and do provide some new hair growth.
What are steps involved in platelet rich plasma therapy?
Step 1: Collect the patient’s own blood.
Step 2: Centrifuge the blood.
Step 3: Process and collect the platelets.
Step 4: Inject the PRP into the desired site.
Is PRP safe?
The procedure itself appears very safe.
You may have a bit of pain, bruising, and swelling afterwards. These tend to go away within a 1-2 days.
How long does it take to see results?
If you get results, the full effects appear within a few weeks to months.
How many PRP injections do you need?
Researchers have found that most patients who get results have 3 or more treatments. That means, you’d have to go to your dermatologist’s office 3 or more times to have better results.
What are indications of PRP in dermatology?
- Hair loss
- Acne scar
- Stretch marks
- Skin rejuvenation
- Fine wrinkles
Who cannot have PRP rejuvenation?
While PRP is considered safe for most people, it’s not recommended for anyone who has one of the following medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Any type of blood cancer
- Cardiovascular disease, which requires taking a blood thinner
- Skin cancer in the area to be treated
These conditions affect your platelets, making them unable to deliver the expected results.
How long do the results last?
Results can last as long as few months