You don’t have to be a doctor to understand the power of platelets for healing. All you have to do is scrape your arm when trimming bushes in your yard and watch the platelets get to work clotting the blood to close the cut. But what if you could take those platelets and put them to work healing injuries or simply helping rebuild healthier tissue?
You can with platelet-rich plasma injections with Dr. Beaty.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the essence of the blood and contains fundamental protein growth factors. If you’ve heard of PRP, it’s probably from the world of professional athletes. For over a decade athletes have used PRP to speed healing after injury or surgery. More recently, it has begun to be used in the face to help initiate the production of collagen to tighten and firm the skin, and increase blood supply to the area.
How is PRP therapy done?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy begins with the collection of the patient’s blood, about the same amount taken for standard lab tests. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential for repairing and rebuilding injured tissue. This “platelet-rich plasma” now has four to five times the normal number of platelets. The PRP is now injected into the area needing attention. It can be an area that has a lingering injury and pain, or it can be areas of your face that have lost collagen.
We also include PRP with our Rejuvapen microneedling procedures. The PRP is applied after the microneedling is complete. The hundreds of tiny punctures through the skin enable better penetration of the PRP into the dermis layer of the skin.
Is there recovery?
There may be some redness and slight swelling where you receive the re-injected PRP that can last up to three days, but is minimal. Otherwise, since the PRP originates with your own blood, there is no danger of your body reacting negatively to it. Our skin care specialist, Shawndelle Carter, usually recommends 3-5 treatments spaced out 4-6 weeks for the best overall results.