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PLATELT RICH PLASMA (PRP)

What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma, as the name implies, is plasma with a high concentration of platelets as well as growth factors that when administered, leads to improved healing, regeneration of tissue and cells and potential restoration of previously lost functions.

How is PRP made?
PRP is autologous meaning that it is unique to each individual as it is generated from the person's own blood.  The process starts with obtaining fresh blood from the patient.  The blood is then centrifuged in order to separate the red blood cells and white blood cells from the plasma leaving the platelets and growth factors to be extracted and then administered back into the patient at the treatment site.
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What can be treated with PRP?
PRP has multiple therapeutic as well as cosmetic applications.  From an Aesthetics approach, PRP is utilized for skin rejuvenation by promoting stimulation of collagen and Elastin, restoring the Elasticity of the skin leading to a tighter and more youthful appearing skin.  It helps with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and decreases pore size in both aging and acne scars.

PRP also has significant clinical evidence in the restoration of hair loss by promoting growth of hair follicles leading to a fuller and more natural looking hair.  It does not however treat full male pattern baldness.

The therapeutic potentials of PRP have also been extensively documented.  From an orthopedic standpoint, PRP has been shown to help with both acute and chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis as well as acute ligament and muscle injuries.  As significant benefit in postoperative recovery following orthopedic intervention by promoting healing and improving functionality postoperatively.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY PROCEDURE?

After the treatment, an ointment will be applied to the skin and you will be asked to refrain from wearing make up for several hours. Any minor redness or swelling resulting from treatment will subside within 12-24 hours. After the treatment, you can expect to return to normal activities.

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