Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a powerful solution created from your own blood. At Internal Medicine Partners in Naples, Florida, Alejandro Blanco, MD, Ralph Rodriguez, MD, and their team of internal medicine providers offer PRP-based treatments that can help you look and feel your best. Call or reach out online to request a consultation.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a solution created by concentrating some of the solid components of your blood (platelets) within the blood’s plasma. It begins with a simple blood draw, similar to the process of having blood drawn for routine lab work.
Your practitioner takes that small sample of blood and places it within a device called a centrifuge, which spins it at a high rate of speed. This spinning separates the solids from the liquid plasma, allowing your practitioner to isolate the platelets and reintroduce them into the cleared plasma.
The result is a concentrated solution rich in the special proteins called growth factors that are found in platelets. Once reintroduced to the body via injection, PRP helps promote new cell development while also reducing inflammation.
One of the ways PRP is used in internal medicine is as a treatment for joint damage. Injecting PRP into a damaged joint helps your body repair the tissue damage and lessen swelling.
Some people have found significant relief from joint pain through PRP injections. In some cases, they’ve been able to avoid surgical intervention or restore healthy joint function.
Others use PRP injections to support their body after having surgery. Research suggests that PRP injections help promote prompt healing and reduce pain after a necessary surgery.
PRP is also used in several medical aesthetics treatment options. Hair loss treatment is a great example. Injecting PRP into the scalp helps control swelling (a known cause of hair loss) and promotes new hair cell development in the base of the follicles.
Adding PRP to microneedling is a great way to help the solution penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, where it helps stimulate new collagen and elastin development. It’s also possible to inject PRP into areas of the face where new collagen is desired.
If you’re ready to explore PRP treatments in greater detail, call today to schedule a time to come in and meet the Internal Medicine Partners team. Online booking is also available, making it easy to connect with the practice any time of day.