The field of regenerative medicine is growing in popularity, as patients search for less invasive ways to treat their condition without surgery. One of the most popular means of regenerative medicine has been platelet-rich plasma, a method which uses plasma to promote healing in the body.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work?
PRP works by sending growth factors and other regenerative properties into the target area, which signals the body to heal the affected area. Platelet structures are fragments of cells that contain proteins necessary to help seal broken blood vessels. In an injury, it is the platelet mixture that responds first to help prevent bleeding.
Their purpose is to implement tissue repair and prevent further injury to the body. Because the natural healing factors of platelets restore order within the body, concentrating these healing efforts towards the specific areas of injury by implementing PRP injections boosts the recovery process. With PRP, the concentrated platelets target the injured area of the body to immediately begin the strengthening and healing of the damage sustained.
But did you know that platelet-rich plasma isn’t just for chronic pain? Here are all the ways PRP can be utilized to reveal a healthier you.
Platelet-rich plasma For Hair Loss
Men who suffer from hair loss have found that PRP treatments can help stimulate the hair follicles, making them grow again. This prevents the newly grown hairs from falling out, and it means that they won’t have to undergo a hair transplant. There are many studies showing that PRP for hair restoration works. These studies show that the results are better if the PRP is delivered inside the scalp with small needles and a microchannel device.
Hair loss risk factors include too little iron and protein, weight loss or weight gain, smoking, certain medications, physical or emotional stress and over-styling. Current strategies for hair restoration include medications such as minoxidil and finasteride which can have unintended and unpleasant side effects. Other strategies include hair transplantation and regenerative medicine.
Platelet-Rich Plasma For Aesthetics
PRP has restorative properties that can improve the appearance of your skin. According to the experts, it can make your skin look brighter and younger. On top of this, it helps with your acne scars and even tightens your facial skin. Plus, this type of procedure is completely non-invasive.
Cosmetic uses are one of the most interesting ones for these platelets. Since they have healing
properties, they can be used in a facial or as a treatment for acne. The platelets, once they are placed on the skin, will smooth and tighten it and even make the skin brighter. It can even clear up acne scars that are around ten years old or more. Many women have tried this therapy, since it’s non-invasive and painless, except for the needle stick that’s required to draw the blood for the treatment.
The platelets are spread over the face, where they do what they are supposed to. You’ll notice some of the results right away, although others will take a few days to a week to appear. The main thing that matters is that your facial skin will look better, and you didn’t have to do anything drastic to get the results.
Platelet-Rich Plasma As A Cosmetic Filler
If you’ve been thinking about getting cosmetic fillers, but balk at the idea of having one of them injected into your face, you have another option – PRP. These platelets can be injected under your skin where they’ll take care of any fine lines and enhance your cheekbones. It makes a good filler and an all-natural substitute for enhancing the cheekbones and filling the nasolabial folds. Plus, if you have fine lines, such as the ones that appear at the sides of your mouth (called marionette lines), injecting PRP will take care of them as well.
Platelet-Rich Plasma For Chronic Pain
Finally, PRP is possibly the most well known as a treatment for chronic pain stemming from a variety of conditions. PRP injected into the affected area will increase blood flow, stimulates cell growth, and consequently tissue regeneration. This treatment has been used in treating shoulder tears, osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, ligament injuries, and many other tissue-related conditions.
Learn More About the Possibilities Of PRP
If you’re curious to see how PRP could help you, we’d love to tell you more! Contact EHC Buffalo today to book a consultation!