Your body is your best friend. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma works on this principle. Rather than use of external means like surgery, PRP relies on stimulating the body's own natural healing power to optimize the biology of the healing environment.
PRP is essentially blood plasma that has been processed to contain a high concentration of platelets. It is derived from the patient’s whole blood. In a very simple process (that usually requires very less blood), the patient's blood is centrifuged, allowing the platelet rich plasma to be extracted. It is then activated with fillers like thrombin or calcium chloride that stimulates the platelets to stimulate growth factors. In some cases, it can be used without any filler too. This plasma is then used to treat the affected part of the body.
PRP works by emulating the body's own natural healing process. Injecting PRP induces the healing platelets to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors and stimulating the process of fibroblast production. In short, the PRP derived from the patient's own blood can augment or stimulate healing by turning on the same biological healing process that normally occurs in the human body after injury.
Platelet-rich plasma can be used in both the non operative and operative settings to improve or stimulate the healing response.
PRP is finding many uses in medical treatment and cosmetic procedures. PRP therapy has been effectively used for managing nerve injuries, bone repair and regeneration, skin rejuvenation, hair loss treatment, scarring, muscle injury to the heart, oral surgery and several other surgical procedures.Here are the cosmetic uses of PRP:
PRP is relatively a new therapy. It has received much media attention due to the treatment availed by high profiled celebrities for sports related injuries. Possible side effects include possibility of infection, formation of blood clots, temporary skin discolouration and allergic reaction in the injured area. As with every cosmetic procedure, your surgeon is the best person to advise you whether PRP therapy is suitable for you.