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Platelet Rich Plasma: The Medicine of the Future

Published on December 1, 2015

Source: Harvest Technologies

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated blood sample that contains high levels of platelets, a critical component of the wound healing process. Platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. 12-14 Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process. 12-14

PRP delivers a concentration of autologous platelets and growth factors that is roughly 4-6 times greater than that found in whole blood. Unlike other products, it delivers a broad range of growth factors in the proper concentration and ratios to help optimize conditions for healing. 2,15,16 Clinical studies have shown that application of PRP can help reduce bleeding, minimize pain, reduce infection rates, and optimize overall healing. 17-24

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How Could PRP Be Used for My Treatment?

The use of PRP varies from procedure to procedure. PRP is generally applied topically to the repair site.  It is often applied to bone and soft tissue repair sites to accelerate tissue regeneration. Clinical studies have shown that application of PRP can help reduce bleeding, minimize pain, reduce infection rates and optimize overall healing. 5-12 Dr. Lu-Jean Feng incorporates PRP in both surgical and non-invasive anti-aging procedures, such as Microneedling.

How is PRP Made?

Preparation of PRP is a simple procedure where the clinician draws a small volume of your blood at the time of treatment. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins and automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma.  The plasma is then further centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and hence your natural growth factors. The PRP is then available for the clinician to use as needed.  The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and adds no extra time to the procedure.

Speak with Dr. Lu-Jean Feng to learn more about PRP treatments and what they can do for you.

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