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