PRP procedure is the abbreviation of the treatment method called platelet rich plasma. After the blood taken from the patients goes through a series of procedures, the red blood cells are separated from the white blood cells and plasma in a special tube. Platelets are the blood components containing the growth factors necessary to ensure that the damaged tissues in our body are repaired and returned to their natural state. PRP aims to provide a greater number of platelets that can be transported to the target tissue via blood flow. Old and damaged skin and subcutaneous tissues are renewed with stimulation. It is a reliable practice to re-administer the patient’s own blood after it is processed.
Which Treatments Use PRP Procedure?
PRP procedure uses routinely in many areas of medicine, such as orthopaedics, physical therapy, dermatology and dentistry. In plastic surgery practice, it is used for several purposes such as skin rejuvenation, hair loss prevention and stronger hair growth, improving the quality of acne scars and other scars, increasing elasticity and reducing hyperpigmentation.
How is the Procedure Performed?
A certain amount of blood is taken from the patient, and the platelets are separated in centrifuge. Separated platelets accumulate and densify in the tube in the kit and produce a blood product called PRP. This product is then injected to the skin. The procedure takes 30 minutes in total.
Where is It Applied on the Body?
It can be applied to the face, neck, décolleté, back of the hand, inner sides of arms and legs and scalp. The skin starts glowing immediately after the application, indicating an increase in the skin quality. This brightness diminishes slightly after 15 days; however, a more lasting effect is achieved after 3 – 4 sessions. If repeated once a year, an almost permanent effect will be achieved.
PRP Procedure Cost
PRP costs vary and may be covered by some health insurance plans. Because this treatment is an out-of-pocket expense, most patients find the out-of-pocket costs well worth it. For example, patients may experience an increase in pain following the procedure, but this should go away within four to six weeks. Depending on the type of injury, the patient may need repeat procedures. This treatment is safe and effective, and can dramatically improve the quality of life for many.
Post-op PRP Procedure
After the procedure, PRP is typically associated with two to seven days of recovery. The patient should avoid pushing the injected tissue too quickly. A patient can expect to feel pain relief after three to four weeks, and the pain will gradually fade for up to six months. While the recovery period depends on the condition being treated, it is common to return for a second PRP treatment months after the initial one. There is no evidence that PRP is a performance-enhancing substance, but the science is developing.