Autologous Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is nowadays widely applied in different clinical applications such as orthopedics, dentistry, wound treatment, aesthetics as well as treatment for erectile dysfunction and female sexual organ improvement.
Platelet contains many stimulatory materials can be used healing therapies and as a growth factor pool for improving tissue regeneration. There are more than seven research papers in orthopedics application.
Autologous means from one own body.
The acronym PRP has most recently been featured in the news with the rising popularity of the treatment among professional athletes (such as Tiger Wood), recreational athletes and celebrities.
Many have attributed PRP injections, particularly for athletic injuries, which enabling them to return back to regular activities and competition with minimal to no pain at all.
This rapidly emerging technique shows very promising potential for many conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and ligament sprains and tears.
Some quarters coined the words “vampire injection” since Hollywood celebrities i.e Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore mentioned the words. They underwent the vampire injection (PRP injection) on stage during academy award.
Medical and Clinical problem candidate for PRP injection procedure:
- Acne Scars
- Fine line and wrinkles
- Knee osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joints)
- Wound Treatment
- Tendon pain (Tendonitis)
- Sport Injury
- Low back pain
- Priapus Shot
- O Shot
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Frequently Asked Questions on PRP Treatment
How long is each treatment?
The procedure will take on average 45-60 mins.
Is there discomfort following the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment?
Each person is unique and the response to intra-dermal injections will vary, though adverse reactions are rare. Your specialist may use a topical anesthesia before injecting the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). You may feel a ‘tingling’ sensation after the procedure and there may be redness, slight swelling and bruising. These symptoms will disappear.
How many is PRP treatment required?
Typically 4-6 treatment sessions will be required yearly for PRP treatment to remain effective, depending on skin conditions.
Are all PRP therapies the same?
No, not all PRP therapies are the same. There is increasing clinical evidence that suggests that PRP therapies which contain higher concentrations of platelets produce better results. Research indicates that the optimal therapeutic concentration for effective skin rejuvenation is a platelet concentration of 3-4 times the normal level of platelets.
Are there any contra-indications to the use of Platelet Rich Plasma?
You must inform your specialist if you are taking medication, including blood thinning (anti-coagulant) medication, undergoing steroidal, or any long-term therapies.