What Are PRP Treatments?
What Are PRP Treatments?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments were first developed in the 1970s, but their use has seen a meteoric rise since the mid-1990s. This is thanks, in part, to doctors like Andrew Jarminski, an Orange County native who has been working on PRP treatment applications for many years. But what is a PRP Treatment? As the name suggests, it is the practice of utilizing plasma with a high concentration of platelets to promote healing. However, that definition isn’t very informative. So, let’s begin with a simplified explanation of what plasma and platelets actually are.
First, plasma. Your blood is made up of a variety of different cells — red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc. — suspended in a straw-colored fluid. This fluid is called plasma, and it constitutes a little more than half the volume of your blood. It serves a variety of functions including oxygen and carbon dioxide transportation and platelet delivery to the site of an injury.
Second, platelets. One of the smallest cell types present in your blood are platelets. The main purpose of these cells is to help injuries heal. When a blood vessel is damaged, for example, your body will deliver platelets to the site of the injury to help with clotting and facilitate soft tissue healing.
PRP treatments typically begin by drawing a small blood sample from the patient. The plasma and platelets are then separated from the rest of the blood components using a centrifuge to spin the blood sample at high speeds. Additional processing may be used to increase the concentration of platelets in the plasma that is to be used. The prepared PRP is usually injected near the site of the injury or treatment area in order to deliver a larger amount of platelets than the body will do naturally. Because the PRP is created from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission and almost no risk of allergic reaction.
Let’s take a brief look below at a few ways that PRP treatments are used.
The third proprietary PRP treatment developed by Dr. Runels is called the Vampire Facelift®. It is a specialized procedure designed to restore shape, improve tone and texture, and facilitate the growth of new, natural tissues like collagen, fatty tissue (for smoothness), and blood vessels (for a healthy glow).
PRP Treatments for Tendonitis and Other Joint Issues
Probably the most common use of PRP is for the treatment of conditions like tendinitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and other joint issues. The PRP is carefully injected at the joint site and the platelets are able to promote — and sometimes accelerate — the body’s natural healing. The treatment works by strengthening damaged ligaments and tendons.
PRP Treatments for Hair Restoration
Another common use for PRP is for hair restoration. For hair restoration, PRP can be injected into the scalp or applied after microneedling. Either way, it can stimulate natural hair growth and strengthen hair follicles, helping to improve the hair’s overall quality level. While commonly used to treat male pattern baldness, new innovations have been discovered allowing for wider use for women’s hair treatment. When women seek these treatments, they may be looking to treat anything from hair loss to improving hair strength and quality. For these women’s PRP hair treatments, progesterone is added to the injection. This helps to block androgenic hormones in the scalp that can lead to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). DHT has been found to be the main culprit in androgenic hair loss and diminished hair strength, thickness, and quality.