PRP injections also help men and women who’ve experienced hair loss. Medical professionals have studied the regrowth of hair through this non-invasive and non-surgical procedure since the early 2000s. Today PRP injections are seen as a targeted, effective treatment to regenerate hair growth.
PRP injections aimed at reducing the appearance of cellulite are becoming more widespread. Often used in combination with other treatments, patients are experiencing noticeable improvements in skin contour and condition.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections have become sought-after treatments in New York. Those who are unfamiliar with PRP injections may benefit from a review of the PRP fundamentals.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that is derived from your own blood. PRP is made up of two components: plasma and platelets. The liquid portion of blood is plasma. Platelets are the cells within the blood. They are healing agents. Besides their clotting abilities, platelets also regenerate tissue in an injured area of the body through cell reproduction. Simply put, PRP is blood with a concentrated number of platelets.
To begin, a medical professional draws blood from the patient. The blood sample is then secured in a centrifuge – a device that separates blood components through a spinning process. When other blood components are separated, platelets and plasma become concentrated.
The new platelet-enhanced plasma can now be injected into the injured area of the body. The clinician may use an ultrasound device to direct the injection flow.
Since platelet-rich plasma can instigate growth and healing, the medical community has begun using the treatment successfully for a variety of injuries.
The number of treatments needed depends on the individual circumstances of the patient. Most people require between three and six treatments to notice a real change. The PRP injection itself only takes a few minutes. However, the entire process – from preparation to injection – usually takes about one-to-two hours.
You may wonder how long it takes to see the results on the body and how long the injections last. Some people notice a change immediately after their first treatment, while others may see results after several treatments. The results of PRP injections can last for several months. However, some people may need to have repeated treatments to maintain their results.
There is no downtime needed after a PRP injection. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately following the treatment.
PRP injections can be beneficial for people of all ages. According to both The International Cellular Medicine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the ideal candidate for PRP is someone who may have experienced the following:
There are a few areas of the body where an individual might consider the targeted benefits of PRP injections. These orthopedic areas include joints and endons and ligaments.
Injecting PRP into joints can relieve pain and help regenerate damaged tissue. Common areas that are treated with PRP injections include the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow.
Ligament damage is often caused by overuse or acute trauma. PRP injections can help heal ligament injuries and improve joint function.
Muscle injuries can be very painful and slow to heal. PRP injections can speed the healing process by increasing blood flow and delivering nutrients to the injured area. Common areas that are treated with PRP injections include the hamstring, quadriceps, and calf muscles.
PRP injections can help relieve a variety of musculoskeletal, pain-related issues. Common orthopedic conditions improved with PRP injections include the following:
PRP injections are a cutting-edge treatment that can help speed healing after surgery on the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Pain relief and improved function can resolve more quickly as the body utilizes its own healing properties.
While research for the treatment of osteoarthritis with PRP injections is still growing, some studies show promising outcomes in the reduction of inflammation at painful joint locations.
PRP therapy for hair loss involves injecting a concentrated solution of your own platelets into the scalp. This follicle stimulation promotes new hair growth.
A small study published in 2016 found that PRP injections were effective in treating the following types of hair loss:
PRP injection therapy is a new, minimally invasive treatment for hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated source of platelets that contains growth factors and cytokines which are essential to healing damaged tissues.
In individuals with pattern balding, PRP injections help to regrow hair by stimulating dormant follicles. For people with alopecia, PRP injections can help thicken thinning hair and restore volume.
Schedule a consultation with Doctor Roya to find out how PRP treatments in NY can help you regrow your hair.
PRP can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as the treatment of cellulite, acne scars, and age-related scars.
The causes of cellulite are not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to the structure of the underlying fat cells and connective tissue. Cellulite often appears as dimpled skin, usually on the thighs and buttocks.
PRP injections are the strongest non-surgical method to help reduce cellulite and to encourage the skin to regain a smooth firmness. Growth factors in the platelet-rich plasma promote revitalization and collagen within the skin. Improvements are achieved as hollows of the skin are smoothed and firmness is restored.
When the skin over produces oil, or sebum, which it creates to prevent the skin from drying out, pimples and acne can form. In some cases, acne can leave behind scars. PRP injections are a treatment option for improving the appearance of acne scars.
PRP is injected into the skin using a small needle. The platelets in PRP help to stimulate collagen production, which can improve the appearance of scars. Results from PRP injection therapy for acne scars usually take several months to become visible. Since PRP therapy helps to remove the buildup of toxins, stimulate blood flow, and increase oxygen in the treatment area, PRP injections help minimize future acne breakouts.
PRP injections for aesthetic medicine to rejuvenate the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars are still in the early stages of study.
Although PRP injections are generally safe, as with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects and risks associated with the treatment. These may include:
Make sure to contact Dr Roya to establish a treatment plan and how beneficial PRP injections can be for your situation.
PRP is not a substitute for surgery. Instead, it may be used in conjunction with surgery. PRP could potentially eliminate the need for future surgeries due to the regenerative nature and process of the PRP treatment itself.
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