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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Modern medicine is making it easier for our bodies to regenerate themselves and PRP (platelet rich plasma) has played a major role in this. PRP treatments are not new to the medical world and have been used widely in treating various conditions and pain management as well.
What is PRP?
PRP is enriched blood product composed primarily of platelets, a type of cell found in the blood. Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. With PRP, blood plasma is concentrated with higher than normal amounts of platelets, which most famously play a role in blood clotting, but have also been discovered to release a multitude of protein growth factors involved in many other biological responses involved in healing and tissue repair. The PRP promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally create new stronger skin and hair.
Why Stem Cells are So Important
Scientists have known for years that unipotent stem cells lie dormant in the skin and provide the building blocks for healing when you sustain a burn or cut. Until recently, physicians had no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors found in the blood (specifically the platelets), a practitioner can activate the unipotent stem cells already in the skin and tell those cells to grow new, younger-appearing skin or when applied to the scalp, new hair. Thus, PRP can take the rejuvenation and healing process to a higher level!
Here’s how PRP is obtained:
Pure Health and Wellness trained staff draws blood (an amount similar to what is required for a basic lab test).
The blood is placed into a special centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
The platelets are activated by using one of two methods that are natural to your body. This activation of platelets is the final step in producing your very own platelet-rich plasma. The best way to visualize PRP is to remember the yellow “goo” that surrounded the scab you had when you fell on your knee as a child. The thickening of the serum to form that yellow material holds specific growth factors in place that call stem cells to the area and activates them to create new skin.
Areas for PRP Treatments
Some of the areas that can respond to PRP therapy include: