PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS
WHAT IS PRP AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets and other growth factors. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors and signaling proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. In response to an injury or tissue damage, your body naturally recruits platelets and white blood cells from the blood to initiate a healing response.
Under normal conditions, platelets store numerous growth factors which are released in response to signals from the injured tissue. Modern technology allows us to concentrate platelets from your blood, and induce this growth factor release as the solution is injected into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a more powerful form.
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient’s arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and separates the platelets form the rest of the blood components. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and re-injected into the affected area.
When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon, ligament or muscle with a high concentration of growth factors that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new tissue begins to develop. As this tissue matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons, ligaments and muscle of the damaged area.
WHAT CONDITIONS MAY BENEFIT FROM PRP INJECTION?
Dr. Tsyganov uses Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to rejuvenate and slow down the aging process of the skin and face, effectively treating:
- The eye area
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Improvement in skins tone & texture
- Full face rejuvenation
- Dull dry skin
- Crepey neck
- Back of hands
PRP’s most exciting feature is that it is YOUR body, YOUR blood and YOUR plasma. Nothing artificial, nothing modified and therefore is 100% safe. It is the most natural way of rejuvenating.
Depending on the severity and duration of your injury, one to three PRP injections are suggested. Following the initial treatment with PRP, a follow up visit occurs two to three weeks later. At this visit an evaluation of your response to the initial therapy is performed and a decision is made regarding the need for additional PRP treatments.
ARE PRP INJECTIONS SAFE?
YES. PRP is FDA approved! Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. Not to mention, recent research suggests that PRP may have an anti-bacterial property which protects against possible infection.
Recent studies suggest that PRP is bactericidal to Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas: “Platelet rich plasma appears to be effective in preventing growth of Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus Aureus. Bactericidal effects are also noted.”
BEFORE YOUR INJECTION
It is important to be off all oral anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin or any prescription anti-inflammatories. If you take an aspirin or even a “baby” aspirin for your heart or other medical problems you will need to get clearance from your regular doctor to be off this medication for 7 days prior and at least 7 days post-injection. It is preferable to be off anti-inflammatories for 14 days post-injection.
AFTER YOUR INJECTION
After your injection as stated above you will need to be off all anti-inflammatories for 7-14 days, preferably 14.
After the injection patients often experience a moderate to severe amount of pain for 2-3 days then it subsides. It is important to not take ibuprofen type products or anti-inflammatories. It is also important not to ice the area at all in this time period. You want your body to actually create an inflammatory response and icing will decrease this.