From speeding up the body’s natural healing abilities to improving joint functions after an injury is sustained, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is being used for many different therapeutic and cosmetic purposes today. If you are considering this minimally-invasive treatment, it can help to have a better understanding of what’s involved with it before you decide if it’s the right option for you. The good news is that PRP treatment is a fairly simple process that’s well-tolerated by most people.
Before PRP Treatment
Prior to the treatment, you’ll undergo an evaluation to determine if PRP treatment is appropriate for your desired purpose and goals. You may also be asked if you have any bleeding disorders or underlying health issues that would need to be taken into account when injections are given. Depending on the reason why you are considering this treatment, diagnostic and image tests may be performed as well to confirm that you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy.
Collecting a Sample
The first step with PRP treatment in Boston is to collect a sample of your own blood. It is then placed in a special device called a centrifuge and spun at very high speeds. This is done so platelets can be separated from the other substances in the blood. What’s left is plasma with a higher-than-usual concentration of platelets and beneficial proteins called growth factors that promote cell growth and stimulate the tissue healing and recovery process.
Administering the PRP
PRP therapy or treatment is an outpatient procedure that’s usually completed within a short period of time. A local anesthetic may be applied to improve comfort around the site, especially if the target location is a particularly sensitive area. The injection is then delivered directly into the affected area. Some patients only need a single injection, while others may need additional injections. Either way, the treatment is generally considered safe since your own blood is used.
After the Treatment
Most patients notice a gradual improvement in the weeks after having the PRP treatment. There have also been instances when improvement continues to be seen for months or longer. Your specific results will depend on why you are having the treatment and other factors such as your overall health.
Here at Medical Aesthetics of New England, PRP treatment can also be used to rejuvenate skin and encourage increased hair growth. To determine if this type of treatment may benefit you, contact us today and book an appointment at our office in Acton or Fitchburg. We look forward to hearing from you!