Platelets are the part of blood that allows your body to clot. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced by spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate it. First, blood is taken from the arm with a needle. The blood is then processed in a centrifuge, equipment that separates blood components into different parts based on their density. While platelets are separated into blood serum (plasma), some of the white and red blood cells can be removed. Therefore, the equipment concentrates the platelets by rotating the blood and produces the component called platelet-rich plasma. The remaining serum contains cytokines, proteins, and growth factors. Cytokines are released by immune system cells. The resulting mixture is applied to the relevant area with the injection method.
How is PRP procedure?
PRP can be used in the treatment of conditions such as skin rejuvenation, knee osteoarthritis, pain relief, sports injuries, and hair loss. Since platelets are taken from the patient who will use them, the product is not expected to cause allergies or carry a risk of cross-infection. PRP is applied in an average of 3-4 sessions at intervals of 2-4 weeks, in combination with mesotherapy according to the needs of the person. After the PRP cure is completed, the process can be continued with injections 1-2 times a year.
How is life after PRP?
Since PRP treatment is based on the regeneration of the skin or the applied tissue, it is wrong to wait for the treatment result immediately. The results of PRP treatment appear after the second or third session. After PRP treatment for aesthetic purposes, skin tightening and sagging are reduced, wrinkles are alleviated, skin spots are brightened, skin color shines and scars are reduced. After the application to the scalp, an increase in hair thickness and condensation in rare areas are observed.
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Cleveland Clinic, Platelet Rich Plasma. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21102-platelet-rich-plasma. Last Accessed: May 2023.