Platelet Rich Plasma: The Science Behind The Madness

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What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a groundbreaking new treatment option for many conditions. PRP is human blood that is spun down and separated in order to create a sample of blood that has a high concentration of platelets and white blood cells. This spun-down blood therefore has a higher concentration of growth and healing factors and holds more potential for tissue growth and rejuvenation. So, what's the science behind the insanely popular new trend?

What Is The Science Behind The Madness?

Platelets are tiny blood cells that circulate within our vascular systems and bind together when they recognize damaged or injured tissue. When a person is cut or blood vessel is damaged, it send out a signal and platelets rush to the site of damage to bind together and form a clot to repair the blood vessels. Platelets are made in your bone marrow along with red and white blood cells. Platelets are often called thrombocytes, and a normal platelet count in the body is 150,000 to 450,000 per microliter of blood.

Having too few or too many platelets can cause serious problems, but they are a vital part of our survival. If you have ever had a scab, then you have observed the importance of platelets at work. However, in addition to clotting factors platelets are also extremely rich in growth and healing factors for connective tissue such as muscle, tendon, and ligaments.

Therapeutic Applications of Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP injections are often used to help heal muscle and joint damage that has occurred over time - Even athletes such as Tiger Woods have used it to help with the wear and tear of their sports. But, PRP therapy doesn’t just work for athletes. It can help heal the damage of aging for regular people, too. It is used by some plastic surgeons to rejuvenate and regenerate skin, particularly in the face.

Can PRP Truly Reverse Signs Of Aging?

The goal of PRP therapy is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, and soften lines and pores. In PRP, the Platelet Rich Plasma is spun down from a sample of the patient’s own blood. Because platelets are naturally occurring elements of the body, and the blood being used is the patient’s, then PRP therapy is truly an all-natural, groundbreaking therapeutic technique for healthy and rejuvenated skin. The PRP naturally stimulates your body to form new collagen which will make your face appear younger and smoother. 

To have PRP therapy, a small sample of the patient’s blood is drawn. Then, that sample is taken to a centrifuge and processed in order to create the Platelet Rich Plasma. While this is happening the patient’s skin is cleansed and prepared for treatment, and then injections of the processed blood, which is now high in healing and growth factors, are administered in to the affected areas. The injections only take a few minutes, and are only mildly uncomfortable. Then, the platelets and white blood cells get to work healing and regenerating the face and skin. Results typically begin to show within 3-4 weeks and improve with time.

Schedule Your PRP Appointment In Orlando

To schedule a free consultation regarding Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in the Orlando area, visit HZ Plastic Surgery. Speak with a trained professional about the benefits of PRP, and you are one step closer to a natural solution for healthier, younger skin without the potential for side effects from synthetic fillers.