Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Tampa & Valrico Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

More and more, modern medicine is turning back to natural methods used centuries ago, methods designed to help the body heal itself. Now, of course, we have the advantage of cutting-edge technology as well. The combination can be extremely powerful. Evidence of this can be found in outstanding success of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. Even though PRP therapy is becoming an increasingly popular means of treating a number of conditions, not too many people are familiar with the procedure or its benefits. This article contains some important information about what PRP is, how it works, and what it accomplishes.

PRP makes use of one component of the patient’s own blood, the part known as platelets, to stimulate healing. It is currently used by skilled professionals in many medical fields to speed healing and shorten recovery time in patients who have been injured or have undergone surgery. At first, Its efficacy in treating joints and muscles became apparent. Soon after, doctors and their patients began to realize its far-reaching applications in dermatology. Dr. Dyan Harvey-Dent, of Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center which is located in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, is one of the innovative dermatologists at the forefront of PRP therapy.

How does PRP work?

Our blood is composed of two basic elements: the liquid, known as plasma, and the cells, of which there are three types. The three types of blood cells are red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets; each type has its own special function. Platelets are essential in the blood-clotting process. In addition, they contain growth factors (proteins) that are needed to heal injuries. PRP therapy produces plasma that has a high yield of concentrated platelets and then it is reintroduced into the body to promote more rapid healing. PRP stimulates skin recovery, boosting the production of collagen and elastin.

How is PRP created?

First, the patient’s blood is drawn. Then that blood is put through a centrifuge which separates and concentrates the platelets. The plasma that has been treated in this way has five to ten times as many platelets as untreated blood. The enriched plasma is then  injected back into the patient.

How is PRP administered?

In dermatological procedures, PRP is administered in ways similar to its administration for orthopedic and neuromuscular purposes. Typically, platelet-enriched plasma is injected into the targeted site.

Dermatological Procedures in which PRP Is Successfully Used

Because your own platelets (albeit in an intensified manner) are being used during PRP treatments, you are almost certain not to have any negative side effects. What is happening is that your own cells are being used to stimulate new cells in your body to grow, resulting in dynamic, rapid healing. PRP therapy is used in a great variety of dermatological procedures in order to:

  • Improve facial skin texture
  • Remove age spots
  • Alleviate symptoms of rosacea
  • Restore lost facial volume
  • Remove stretch marks and scars
  • Restore hair growth
  • Improve fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Improve and restore sun-damaged skin
  • Improve acne scars

PRP is, in many cases, used topically in conjunction with other dermatological procedures, such as microneedling, IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and Fraxel. PRP therapy has shown remarkable results in a broad range of patients — of varying ages, with a wide variety of skin colors and dermatological problems.

Before and After PRP Therapy

While PRP therapy is very safe, patients should be aware that there are a number of medications and supplements that must be avoided before and after undergoing PRP therapy. Dr. Harvey-Dent will provide you with a list of substances to stay away from temporarily (10 days before and 10 days after treatment). These are medications or supplements that might affect platelet function. Some of them are over-the-counter preparations, such as Tylenol or vitamin E. It’s also important to determine whether a patient considering PRP therapy has any blood abnormality, particularly one affecting the platelets, that might make the treatment less effective.

The downtime required for a PRP treatment varies depending on which procedure the patient is having. Generally speaking, the PRP treatment itself takes less than 30 minutes. Some type of local anesthetic is always used. Afterwards, most patients will experience redness in the area of treatment for from 2 to 4 days, though some lucky patients may heal within 24 hours. Deeper procedures, such as those used to treat acne scars or deep wrinkles, may have a longer downtime during which the patient experiences mild swelling, redness, and/or peeling. Those who undergo Fraxel treatments may have to wait 4 to 5 days for all evidence of the procedure to resolve.

To see and feel optimal results, it is recommended to receive four PRP treatments given at monthly intervals. Depending on your skin’s overall condition, you can maintain and enhance these benefits with three to six month  booster treatments  that will keep your skin glowing with youthful vitality. Contact us today to see if PRP therapy is right for you.