PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy

What Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma

You may have heard of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

 

You may have heard that many professional athletes have traveled abroad or to specialists for injections of PRP that can help them heal serious injuries, strains, and sprains much more quickly and get them back in the game.

 

You may have heard of the “Vampire Facial” or the “Vampire Facelift” where PRP is used to help celebrities take years off their appearance.

You may have heard that PRP is sometimes used by orthopedic and spine surgeons to help bones heal better during operations, and that some dentists use it while doing dental implants and bone grafts.

 

Your doctor might have told you that PRP could help your arthritis or your injury, but they couldn’t provide it or were asking for an exorbitant amount for a single injection…

 

You may have wondered … “What is this PRP anyway? Can I get it locally? And how can it can it benefit me?”

Prestige technician in midst of PRP procedure. 

The Secrets of Platelet Rich Plasma

Researching the cutting edge of regenerative medicine.

Platelet Rich Plasma is a regenerative product made from your own blood.  It is a highly concentrated dose of your own platelets created by centrifuging your own blood according to specific protocols.  Although most of us think of platelets as causing blood clots, it turns out platelets in your blood stream are also the first step in the healing and regeneration process that follows injury.  Platelets have been shown to contain hundreds of growth factors and cytokines which initiate and accelerate the healing process.  Among them are:

  • Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)
  • Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-Beta)
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor 2 (IGF-2)
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
  • Interleukin 8 (IL-8)
  • Keratinocyte Growth Factor
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor

And many, many others...

At Prestige Regenerative Medicine we use the latest research and laboratory grade techniques to create the best and most possible PRP from your blood.  It typically has a high concentration (4-7x higher) of platelets than your blood stream. We treat it with an advanced photobiomodulation device using specific frequencies of light to increase the concentration of specific growth factors, and depending on the application we may “activate” the PRP prior to injecting it. In addition, we are constantly researching the “cutting-edge” of regenerative medicine therapies and may soon be offering even more potent forms of PRP such as Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and PRGF (Platelets Rich in Growth Factors).

What is it good for?

Safe and effective

PRP can be used for many purposes to initiate and accelerate the healing processes in your tissue.  At Prestige Regenerative Medicine we use PRP in many ways including:

  • Musculoskeletal purposes – we can inject arthritic or injured joints (proven superior to hyaluronic acid injections such as SymVisc), tendinitis, sprain, strains, ligamentous injuries and tears, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
  • Combined with other biologic products (cellular allografts, amniotic membrane, exosomes) to enhance the effect
  • Hair Restoration
  • Combined with Ozone for and advanced PRP-Prolozone injection
  • Skin regeneration (the Vampire Facial® and the Vampire Facelift®, scar revision with micro needling)
  • Wound healing
  • Sexual Regeneration and Enhancement (the P-Shot® and the O-Shot®)

Things To Know

The fine print

Because PRP depends on the healing power of your platelets, those with lower platelet counts will not have as pronounced an effect.  This generally isn’t an issue unless you have extremely low platelet counts (a condition known as Thrombocytopenia).  

 

 

Because PRP is made from your own blood, we cannot (and will not!) give your PRP to somebody else (or somebody elses to you).  Thus, there is no risk of acquiring an infectious disease from PRP therapy unless we do our job wrong and don’t use sterile techniques and equipment to prepare your PRP – we are very careful to do so and have never had a complication or infection after thousands of PRP injections!

The class of drugs called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) which includes ibuprofen, aspirin, Naprosyn, indomethacin, meloxicam, piroxicam, etc. can interfered with the healing process initiated by PRP so those drugs should be avoided for 1 week to your PRP therapy and 2-3 weeks after.   A dose or two won’t be problematic, but repeated daily use will “short-circuit” the healing process.  The same is true with corticosteroid medications such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, and Kenalog.

Finally, PRP is not a pain-killer.  Most of the time, PRP injections do not create immediate pain relief (although some of our patients report relief, particularly for very inflamed areas or “dry” joints, the next day).  The healing effect that PRP induces takes time much like your body takes time to heal.  Depending on your age and general state of health the healing process may take as long as 6-10 weeks for complete healing. 

Because PRP depends on the healing power of your platelets, those with lower platelet counts will not have as pronounced an effect.  This generally isn’t an issue unless you have extremely low platelet counts (a condition known as Thrombocytopenia).  

Because PRP is made from your own blood, we cannot (and will not!) give your PRP to somebody else (or somebody elses to you).  Thus, there is no risk of acquiring an infectious disease from PRP therapy unless we do our job wrong and don’t use sterile techniques and equipment to prepare your PRP – we are very careful to do so and have never had a complication or infection after thousands of PRP injections!

The class of drugs called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) which includes ibuprofen, aspirin, Naprosyn, indomethacin, meloxicam, piroxicam, etc. can interfered with the healing process initiated by PRP so those drugs should be avoided for 1 week to your PRP therapy and 2-3 weeks after.   A dose or two won’t be problematic, but repeated daily use will “short-circuit” the healing process.  The same is true with corticosteroid medications such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, and Kenalog.

Finally, PRP is not a pain-killer.  Most of the time, PRP injections do not create immediate pain relief (although some of our patients report relief, particularly for very inflamed areas or “dry” joints, the next day).  The healing effect that PRP induces takes time much like your body takes time to heal.  Depending on your age and general state of health the healing process may take as long as 6-10 weeks for complete healing. 

PRP is not a panacea for all problems – a consultation with Dr. Hamilton may help you to determine whether or not PRP is right for you!

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