If you have an injury that hasn’t healed, or are looking for an alternative to surgery for either aesthetics, injury or hair restoration, PRP may be the answer you are looking for.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a therapy that uses your own cells to quickly heal and repair and is fast becoming one of the most useful natural treatments for rejuvenation throughout the body. It has been used by plastic and facial surgeons for more than 20 years. The growth factors in PRP have been shown to help improve skin tone, reduce acne scarring, improve vaginal health and to even thicken and regrow hair. It has most recently been used for surgical tendon repair and for sports-related conditions involving acute muscle injury and chronic tendon problems.
Platelets are particles found in the blood whose primary purpose is to respond to injury and begin the healing process. They migrate to the site of injury and when exposed to injured tissue and release receptor proteins into the bloodstream called growth factors. Growth factors recruit the body’s repair cells to the area of injury and these repair cells are known as stem cells. A stem cell doesn’t know what it is supposed to do until a growth factor gives it an order. Growth factors also recruit stem cells called hematopoietic stem cells that create new blood vessels. Tissue cannot heal or repair itself if there is no blood flow which allows oxygen and nutrients to reach to sight of injury and to remove waste from the injured site. This is much like a construction site. The stems cells are the workers that will build the new tissue, the PRP are the subcontractors directing the workers, and the blood stream is the route by which the materials get to the site to build and repair.
We create the PRP by first drawing a small amount of blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge located at our facility. Its spun at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. The concentrated platelets which look like a yellow serum are then activated when mixed with calcium chloride. The calcium chloride make the platelets think that a tissue injury has occurred thereby releasing growth factors (receptor proteins) that trigger the stem cells to grow new tissue.
The Stem Cells in Your Blood
Scientists have known for years that stem cells lie dormant in the skin and provide the building blocks for healing when you sustain a burn or cut. Until recently, physicians had no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors (receptor proteins) found in the blood we can activate the stem cells already in specific areas of the body. For example, stem cells in the liver grow new liver tissue, stem cells in the skin grow new skin, stem cells in the vaginal wall grow new vaginal tissue and so forth.
If you have an injury that hasn’t healed, or are looking for an alternative to surgery for either aesthetics or injury, PRP may be the answer you are looking for. At Cendant PRP we offer PRP therapies for aesthetics, injuries, hair restoration, ED and vaginal rejuvenation. For more information about these therapies, click on the appropriate link above.