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PRP (Platelet - Rich Plasma) Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are gaining popularity for a variety of conditions, from sports injuries to hair loss. The treatment uses a patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area.

  • PRP treatment can help support wound healing in trauma and joint injury. The technique can address male pattern baldness, stimulate the growth of hair transplants and enhance other cosmetic procedures.
  • The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after several weeks for joint injections and six months for scalp injections, and are not permanent; patients may require additional injections at the direction of their doctor.
  • Because the treatments use a patient’s own tissues, PRP injections are safe and can be administered alone or used in conjunction with other procedures.
What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets are well-known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.

To create platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.

What is a PRP injection?

After creating platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s blood sample, that solution is injected into the target area, such as an injured knee or a tendon. In some cases, the clinician may use ultrasound to guide the injection. The idea is to increase the concentration of specific bioproteins or hormones, called growth factors, in a specific area to accelerate the healing process.

The mechanism behind PRP injections is not completely understood. Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma may stimulate or speed up the healing process, shortening healing time for injuries, decreasing pain and even encouraging hair growth.

What is PRP treatment used for?

PRP injections are used for a range of conditions,* from  musculoskeletal pain and injuries to cosmetic procedures.

PRP Hair Loss

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has also been used as a treatment for hair loss. In this procedure, the patient’s blood is drawn and processed to concentrate the platelets, which contain growth factors that are believed to promote hair growth. The concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp in areas of hair loss, with the goal of stimulating the hair follicles and promoting new hair growth. While there is some evidence to suggest that PRP therapy may be effective in treating hair loss, the research is limited, and the results may vary depending on the individual. As with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a qualified provider and discuss the risks and benefits before undergoing PRP therapy for hair loss.

Vampire Facial

The Vampire Facial, also known as a Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) facial, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves using a patient’s own blood to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. The process involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, separating the platelet-rich plasma using a centrifuge, and applying it to the patient’s face using micro-needling techniques or injections. While there is some evidence to suggest that PRP can improve skin texture and tone.

Under Eye PRP
Under-eye PRP, also known as the “Vampire Eye Lift,” is a cosmetic procedure that involves using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate the skin under the eyes. The process involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood and separating the platelet-rich plasma using a centrifuge. The PRP is then injected into the under-eye area, with the goal of stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture and tone. The Vampire Eye Lift is marketed as a non-surgical alternative to traditional under-eye fillers, with less risk of adverse reactions or complications. While there is some evidence to suggest that PRP therapy may be effective in treating under-eye wrinkles and dark circles.
PRP Therapy Risks and Side Effects

A PRP injection is a low-risk procedure and does not usually cause major side effects. The procedure involves a blood draw, so you should make sure you are hydrated and have eaten beforehand to prevent feeling lightheaded. After the procedure, you may experience some soreness and bruising at the injection site.