What are PRP injections? PRP- platelet-rich plasma- is administered to the body via injections. PRP is a natural way to stimulate healing in the body. At Perfectly Bare Crystal, our nurse practioner, performs a few different treatments using PRP.
First she can inject the scalp area which helps stimulate hair growth in weak hair follicles. Many people-both men and women- have hormonal hair loss or thinning. The PRP helps to potentially strengthen the follicles. In the photo Crystal is injecting the PRP with a very thin needle in the hairline where the client has thinning due to normal issues. She numbs the area beforehand so the treatments have minimal discomfort.
Crystal can also us PRP injections in the knee area to help repair damage and to relieve pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis and damage in the knee and other areas. At PBL Crystal can use the treatments for the knees.
The body's first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. Platelet rich plasma therapy's natural healing process intensifies the body's efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. To create platelet rich plasma therapy a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at his speeds, separating the plates from the other components. The concentrated PRP injection is then delivered into and around the point of injury, jump starting and significantly strengthening the body"s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
How often can you have PRP therapy? Up to 3 PRP injections may be given within a six-month time frame, usually performed 2 to 3 weeks apart.
The expectations of PRP? Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses.