How Does PRP Work?
Platelet-rich-plasma, often simply referred to as PRP, is a highly concentrated solution of platelets derived from a person’s own blood. The procedure of obtaining PRP begins with a simple blood draw from the patient. The collected tube of blood is then placed in a centrifuge machine which spins it down at very high speeds. This centrifugation allows the separation of the different components of the blood including the straw-colored serum enriched with platelets known as PRP. The isolated PRP is then activated by adding a pre-determined amount of the molecular substance calcium chloride. It is this activated serum that is then administered to the patient either topically via skin application or through an injection using a syringe depending on the treatment protocol.
The medical benefits of PRP is derived from the effects of a variety of specialized proteins, known as growth factors, released from the activated platelets within the treated tissues. The entire process of PRP preparation and administration is performed during an outpatient office visit making it very convenient for patients. Furthermore, since patient’s own blood is used for the preparation of PRP there is no risk of an allergic reaction making the therapy extremely safe. The convenience and safety of PRP treatments combined with its effectiveness in harnessing a patient’s innate tissue-healing and tissue-stimulating mechanisms account for its growing popularity in the treatment of a variety of conditions.