Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a procedure that enhances the body’s healing capacity. Athletes are using PRP injections to restore physiological functions and assist wound healing. The treatment can also address osteoarthritis, repair damaged tendons, and promote hair regrowth. Discover the leading cosmetic and medical uses of Marietta PRP interventions.
How do PRP injections work?
A PRP injection consists of plasma with a high concentration of platelets. An orthopedic surgeon draws blood from your body and places the solvent in a centrifuge.
The device separates blood plasma contents into separate layers. The plasma is enriched with higher quantities of platelets and growth factors.
The platelet-rich solution is injected back into the target area. Your provider may use ultrasound imaging to ensure the injection is administered precisely.
Sports Injuries and wound healing
Platelets and growth factors are crucial for jump-starting the healing process. PRP can reduce the time it takes for the wound to heal, allowing athletes to return to active sports. Since the plasma sample is from your body, it has a lower risk of rejection.
PRP therapy accelerates the repair of damaged tendons, ligaments, and muscle tissue. Platelets and growth factors stimulate cell replication and restore joint function. PRP also eliminates the need for anti-inflammatory agents and pain medication for athletes.
PRP injections can treat the following sports injuries:
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- Plantar fasciitis
PRP therapy for hair regrowth
The growth factors and platelets in the PRP solution can also encourage hair regrowth. It works by reducing the inflammation that is responsible for damaging hair follicles. It can heal hair follicles and jump-start hair regrowth by encouraging cell replication.
Research also suggests improvements for patients with male pattern baldness. Studies show PRP can increase the rate of growth and hair volume.
PRP therapy for skin rejuvenation
Your healthcare provider will typically use micro-needling to rejuvenate your skin with PRP. Micro-needling involves puncturing the skin with microscopic needles. The process creates minute wounds before the application of platelets and growth factors.
As the micro-wounds heal, the growth factors promote cell regeneration in your face. The skin becomes brighter and with a consistent texture.
PRP micro-needling not only stimulates cell repair but also encourages collagen production. Collagen tends to deplete from the body as you age. That makes the skin lose its tightness and sag.
By encouraging collagen production, PRP makes the skin tighter and more youthful. You may require between one and three treatments to attain your desired results.
PRP injections for osteoarthritis
While research is still inconclusive on PRP therapy for osteoarthritis, there is evidence it can help manage pain. Osteoarthritis is characterized by cartilage and joint tissue that degenerate gradually. It often leads to loss of joint movement.
Platelets and growth factors repair cartilage and damaged joint tissue. The treatment can reduce the pain associated with the degenerative condition by limiting inflammation. It can reduce stiffness and restore your limb’s range of motion.
Contact AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta to schedule a PRP therapy consultation today.