Platelet-rich plasma (Abbreviation: PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets . PRP injections are a new medical technology used in the treatment of many sporting injuries and also for rejuvenation of the skin , muscle and other tissues in body. PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with more platelets than what is typically found in blood. platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP therapy, takes approximately twenty minutes to complete, begins with collection of 30 millilitres of the patient’s blood. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. Doctors then inject the concentrated platelets into the area (face, neck or injured area).
Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to repair tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production. The result starts to show up from 1 month up to 6 months.
The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to.