Platelet rich plasma has gained popularity over the years, although its use has been around for years in sports medicine and orthopedics. Platelets are best known for their ability to clot blood, however, platelets also contain a multitude of growth factors that promote healing.
How is Platelet Rick Plasma obtained?
First, blood is drawn from the patient under sterile techniques. The blood sample is then put into a centrifuge machine to separate the different blood components. This process is completed twice to obtain the maximum number of platelets possible.
Once the platelets are separated they are injected into the desired treatment area. Prior to injection the patient's face and/or scalp is treated with numbing medicine.
Potential Side Effects?
PRP is a very safe treatment, especially since the patients own blood is being used. There is occasional injection site discomfort. Infection or tissue damage is possible but extremely rare.