PRP therapy is one of the revolutionary treatments that’s gaining popularity today. PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma, is an effective, non-invasive treatment option. It is able to treat a range of conditions from skin problems to hair loss or healing. It has risen in popularity among patients who want safe and natural solutions both in aesthetics and wellness.
This blog post will discuss the basics of PRP therapy, how it works, and the types of conditions it can treat. We also aim to explore other aspects like:
- Risks involved
- Mode of delivery
- Duration of action
Read on for more information.
What is PRP Therapy and How Does It Work?
PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that has been gaining traction in recent years. It works by using the patient’s own blood to help speed up and aid the healing process. During PRP therapy, the patient’s blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and plasma. The platelets are then collected and re-injected into the area of injury or tissue damage, along with other growth factors which promote healing.
How does PRP work? The platelets contain many different growth factors, which stimulate repair processes within the body. According to research, there is increasing evidence that healing of diabetic foot ulcers is growth factor dependent. PRP treatment is one of the cost-effective treatments that promote faster healing.
The benefits of PRP treatments are numerous. They can help treat sports injuries such as tendinitis or ligament tears. It may also provide relief from chronic pain associated with conditions like arthritis and bursitis. It can also be used for cosmetic purposes such as reducing wrinkles or hair loss due to alopecia. Study has also found that it stimulates collagen synthesis.
Generally speaking, PRP works best when used in conjunction with other treatments such as physical therapy or medications. But this depends on the condition being treated. Additionally, one of the biggest advantages of PRP therapy is that it is minimally invasive. It involves no surgery or long-term downtime for recovery.
What Conditions Can PRP Therapy Treat?
PRP therapy can be used to treat a range of conditions, from chronic pain to joint problems and even cosmetic concerns.
One of the most common conditions treated by PRP therapy is tendonitis, which is inflammation caused by overuse or repetitive stress on tendons. It can help reduce inflammation and improve healing time for patients suffering from tendonitis. It includes tendonitis in areas such as elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and wrists. Other serious musculoskeletal conditions that can benefit from PRP include osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears and plantar fasciitis.
PRP therapy can also be used for non-musculoskeletal issues such as hair loss or skin rejuvenation. This works by injection of platelet-rich plasma into balding areas or areas affected by sun damage or wrinkles. It results in thicker hair growth or smoother skin texture.
Overall, PRP therapy offers an array of potential benefits for both musculoskeletal issues and cosmetic concerns alike – making it a versatile treatment option for those seeking relief from a variety of ailments without resorting to more invasive procedures such as surgery.
How is PRP Therapy Administered?
The process begins with a sample of blood being taken from the patient. It is then put through a centrifuge machine to separate out the PRP from the other components of the blood. Once this separation is complete, the PRP can be administered in various ways depending on its intended purpose.
The procedure itself typically takes around 30 minutes.
Injections are one of the most common methods for administering PRP therapy. Other cases, an ultrasound or MRI is used for a guided needle injection directly to the area. The direct injection allows it to work in healing damaged tissue on site. It has a higher precision and accuracy compared to treatments administered elsewhere.
Another way that PRP can be delivered is through topically applied creams or gels that contain PRP as its main component. It can be applied directly to the skin to treat conditions like:
- Acne scarring
Additionally, some cosmetic procedures such as facial rejuvenation can benefit from this mode of delivery. PRP-based creams and serums are massaged onto facial skin to increase collagen production and improve skin firmness and texture over time.
Finally, some cases may be delivered through intramuscular injections. According to a study we reviewed, this mode of delivery is useful in healing painful muscles. However, it could also be used in other conditions like:
- Wound healing
- Tissue engineering
Regardless of how it’s administered, PRP therapy provides a promising alternative that helps treat many different conditions.
Is PRP Therapy Painful?
The answer to this question is – it depends. A local anesthetic will be administered before injection so that you don’t feel any discomfort during treatment. As such, once this anesthetic has taken effect, PRP therapy should not cause any pain at all. However, the level of pain during treatment is dependent on various factor:
- Tolerance to pain
- Subjective perception of pain
- Specific condition being treated
In general, PRP therapy can provide effective relief for numerous medical conditions without causing significant levels of pain in patients who undergo treatment. Any short-term discomfort experienced during or after treatment should not last long and should not be severe enough to interfere with everyday life.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From PRP Therapy?
Results may vary depending on the severity of your injury or the condition being treated. However, some studies have found higher satisfactory results in six months compared to the two months followup.
So, the length of time before results are seen with PRP therapy largely boils down to the severity of the injury or condition being treated. For instance, acute injuries may respond quickly while more serious and chronic issues may take longer. In a study of 299 patients, the treatment of PRP in chronic and advanced osteoarthritis has been unsatisfactory during six months followup.
Another factor that can affect the rate at which one experiences results from PRP therapy is their individual healing process. Some people may heal more quickly while others may require additional treatments or more time before seeing any benefits.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects Associated With PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is generally considered a safe treatment but it is still important to understand its safety profile.
One of the common side effects associated with PRP therapy is pain at the injection site. Localized infection may also be experienced especially with improper aseptic technique. As with any medical procedure, there are also general risks involved such as bleeding or bruising at the injection site and allergic reactions to medications used during the procedure. Though rare, other potential complications include nerve damage due to incorrect placement of the needle.
PRP therapy has been used successfully by many people looking for relief from various conditions. But it is important that those interested in this type of treatment understand any associated risks beforehand. Patients should discuss all possible side effects and any preexisting health conditions that may increase those risks with their medical provider.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy may appear as if it’s for everybody. However, some criteria may be developed over the years.
According to a study, those with acute conditions (specifically musculoskeletal in nature) are good candidates and have good response to treatment. The result demonstrated that those with chronic conditions or more advanced ailments did not respond well.
It may also be that the treatment is less effective in older patients, which may be attributed to their decreasing healing capacity. Though there is limited evidence that could back up this claim.
People on chronic use of blood thinners may be discouraged to get PRP for a few weeks. The medication should be stopped in order to prevent bleeding on the site of injection. However, if it is not possible to stop the blood thinner then PRP may not be a good therapy for you.
A good candidate for PRP therapy should be aware of the risks associated with this procedure such as infection, bleeding or bruising at the injection site. Patients should also be aware that results can vary from person to person and may not always provide the relief they are looking for. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the possible outcomes of their treatments before deciding on PRP therapy.
Additionally, candidates must meet all necessary criteria in order to qualify for PRP treatment. These include being in good overall health with no allergies or autoimmune conditions.
Ultimately, those seeking PRP treatments should first consult their healthcare provider to ensure that they are a good candidate for this procedure. And that it is an appropriate option for them given their condition and lifestyle choices. With careful consideration and research into PRP therapy, patients can make informed decisions.
How Many Sessions of PRP Therapy Are Usually Needed?
The number of sessions of PRP therapy required to achieve optimal results depends on several individual factors, such as:
- Severity of the injury or condition (acute or chronic)
- Overall health condition of the patient
- Lifestyle factors
- Underlying medical condition
For example, in acne scarring, controlled studies suggest that it requires 2-4 sessions to improve aesthetic results.
It is important to remember that everyone will respond differently to PRP therapy depending on their own individual circumstances. So it is important to discuss with your doctor how many sessions are likely needed in order for you to achieve your desired outcome.
Are There Any Home Remedies That Can Be Used in Place of PRP Therapy?
No, PRP therapy is a unique kind of treatment wherein a portion of your own blood is injected on an injured area. Or in cases of facial rejuvenation, it can be delivered via a device to ensure enhanced absorption.
While there are herbal supplements and natural remedies that can be done at home, nothing can really replace PRP. Nonetheless, some preparations may be used to promote healing or reduce inflammation, including:
- Omega-3-fatty acids
- Ice and cold packs
- Resting (specifically the injured part)
PRP therapy has revolutionized the way that a range of conditions can be treated. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure that utilizes the body’s own healing power to promote cell regeneration and produce long-lasting results. PRP therapy can help reduce wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and other signs of aging while improving skin texture and tone. Additionally, it can help alleviate joint pain due to arthritis or tendon injuries, as well as promote hair growth in areas of alopecia or thinning.
A Note from ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness
If you are looking for a revolutionary treatment option that can improve your overall health and wellbeing, PRP therapy may be the solution for you. To learn more about this amazing treatment and how it can benefit your unique needs, schedule an appointment with ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness today!