PRP: Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP is a specific portion of your plasma that is separated from a vial of your blood in a centrifuge. PRP contains an unusually high concentration of platelets (5-10 times the number in normal blood), hence the name.

Before and After PRP See some PRP examples

Platelets are cell-like organelles (cells without a nucleus) that are essential to blood clotting. They also accelerate the wound healing process by signaling local stem cells to increase the production of new tissues (proliferation), which tissues (differentiation), directing the movement of these newly formed cells (chemotaxis), their shape (morphogenesis), the formation of new capillaries and vessels (angiogenesis), as well as healing damaged tissue on a cellular level.

Recent data indicates that platelets release a pulse of bioactive glycoproteins — commonly called “growth factors” (or more specifically as chemokines and cytokines).

These bioactive proteins are responsible for signaling your body’s microscopic repair mechanisms that is time to take action.

PRP was first widely used in dentistry in the 1980s to promote gum and bone healing in tissue surrounding new implants, jaw reconstruction, and gum regeneration procedures. For decades, PRP has been effective in several fields of medicine: sports medicine, orthopedics, dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), and cosmetic surgery.

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Because PRP therapy involves using your body’s own plasma, there is virtually no possibility of rejection or an allergic reaction.

Likewise, since nothing foreign is being injected, the risk of infection is extremely low, especially since platelets are part of the body’s defense mechanism against unwanted microbes like bacteria and viruses.

There are also no know systemic (side) effects from PRP therapy, although it is normal to feel pain and swelling near the injection sites. This is part of the body’s healing process. This pain and inflammation usually peaks within 24 hours and disappears after a couple of days.

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For additional information about PRP therapy, please see the other PRP pages on this Web site or contact Great Alchemy at 303-554-4444.