What is PRP?
PRP, or Platelet –Rich-Plasma has been used in medicine for years. Having just come into the limelight in recent years because of its connections with the Vampire Facelift (Kim Kardashian) and some major athletes,(Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant)… more and more physicians are providing PRP therapy in their practices as an all natural autologous (from your own body) option for their patients.
PRP is derived from your own blood. A small vial is drawn and it is placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun around, separating the red blood cells from the yellow plasma. In the plasma are all the healing and growth factors that your body naturally uses to heal itself when an injury is sustained.
In athletes, PRP is injected into the joint or injured area to promote quicker healing and decrease swelling.
In aesthetics, PRP is used in hair regrowth, during surgery, as a stand alone procedure for the face, or used in combination with fillers, Microneedling, or lasers. It is also the main ingredient in the O-Shot, the new procedure for women who suffer from sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence. (Studies are being conducted now).
I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Harry Glassman, who has been using PRP in every patient facelift for over 10 years. Dr. Glassman is one of the first surgeons who started using it during surgery.
“When I started using PRP, patients had to go to the blood bank at the local hospital to have their blood drawn, which was inconvenient and costly in comparison to now. What I like about PRP is that the healing time is decreased. The patients have minimal bruising and it has all but eliminated the small micro- clots or irregularities that can occur during the recovery phase.” Glassmanmd.com
So what is the bottom line with PRP?
Because it is your own blood product, there are no allergies associated with it. Patients like the idea of using an all- natural product. Physicians must use an FDA approved kit in order to use it…it is FDA approved for orthopedic use and other indications are in the works.http://eclipseaesthetics.com/products/prp/
PRP is only growing as a product because it can be used in so many places in the body, so I don’t see it declining in popularity any time in the near future. If anything, because of constant changing technology, it will only become better and more sought after. Learn more about my cutting-edge PRP trainings in Beverly Hills & Nashville for doctors and nurses.