One of the latest and most exciting advancements in regenerative medicine is Platelet Rich Plasma, known as PRP.
BU Wellness & Med Spa is proud to offer PRP therapy for a variety of medical and aesthetic needs to our clients.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a fraction of your own blood drawn and spun down in a special centrifuge, and then reinjected into damaged areas to promote cell regeneration. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the blood clotting process. They release multiple growth factors that stimulate tissue growth. In particular, PRP stimulates the growth of collagen which is the main component of connective tissue. This promotes healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells to repair damaged tissues.
PRP needs to be prepared in a way to ensure the maximum amount of platelets along with a high concentration of growth factors. The more growth factors that can be delivered to the damaged tissues, the more likely tissue healing takes place. At BU Wellness Clinic, our PRP procedures incorporate significantly higher blood platelet concentration and are much purer than PRP offered at clinics utilizing a simple bedside centrifuge to process blood draws. Our PRP therapy procedures produce the best possible patient results and fewer inflammatory side effects due to the purity of the PRP mixture.
PRP is prepared by drawing 50cc’s of whole blood from the patient and then spinning the blood in a special centrifuge that layers out platelets. This 50cc’s of whole blood generally yields about 7-8cc’s of platelet rich plasma.
Prior to a PRP procedure, a patient needs to hold non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 4-5 days, and may resume them one week after. Also, patients with blood thinners including Aspirin need to hold them for one week before the procedure.
Contraindications to the administration of PRP include platelet dysfunction, low platelet count, infection, anemia, sepsis, anti-coagulation therapy and chronic skin disease or cancer.
PRP for Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenation and Hair Re-Growth
Neck & Jaw lines
How is PRP Collected
Blood is drawn from patient's arm
Centrifuge whole blood
Separate RBC, WBC and Platelet
Aspirate serum only and spin again
Obtain highly concentrated platelet
PRP for Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenation
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is packed with multiple growth factors and is used for skin rejuvenation for aging and damaged skin. PRP can stimulate stem cells to regenerate collagen and elastin for improvement of skin texture and elasticity as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Using your own enriched plasma permits the body to remodel tissues to a healthier and younger state. This is a great treatment for thin crepey skin, especially around the eyes and neck, and for décolletage, full face and hands.
PRP procedure takes about an hour and is performed by our medical director, Dr. Kim. A course of treatments involves 3-4 appointments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart and results can be maintained with a single repeat treatment every 12 months.
Swelling and redness of the treated areas are common and may be dramatic, especially around the eyes, although usually only for 24 hours. Some bruising is also to be expected and although this can be covered with make-up after the initial 24 hour period it may take 1-2 weeks to clear completely. For this reason we would not recommend having this treatment within the 2-3 weeks before a special event.
PRP for Hair Restoration
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss due to hormonal and environmental causes or stress. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. PRP treatment utilizes the growth factors from your own blood for healing the bald spots and hair thinning areas.
The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase for thinning hair. The dormant scalp tissues are pumped with the growth factors of PRP to give nutrition to the scalp cells, promote the supply of new blood to the hair follicles, and minimize scalp inflammation to create productive and healthy hair follicles. As a result the scalp is rejuvenated with a renewed ability to produce thicker new hair.
As a non-surgical treatment option, we recommend PRP therapy along with Minoxidil and DHT blockers or for those patients who cannot tolerate or have side effects with these medications.
Potential side effects of PRP hair restoration are mild swelling on the forehead, mild headache, and possible tenderness of the scalp from PRP injection, that usually goes away in 1-2 days. The decision to use PRP is a personal one and should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a physician.
Before & After
PRP for Pain Management
PRP therapy is a regenerative approach, diametrically opposite to the traditional method of healing tissue injuries which has been to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as steroid injections, which while reducing inflammation, also markedly impede the healing process. This is the cutting edge of medicine and has helped many high profile athletes to recover quickly from injury without surgery.
PRP has been shown in a number of studies to decrease pain and inflammation and enhance healing in multiple orthopedic conditions and sports related injuries.
The average number of treatments is two to four separated by four to six week intervals. The need for another treatment can be determined by the responsiveness of tissues to the therapy.
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