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PRP is a high concentration of platelets surrounded in its own plasma. A small amount of blood is drawn and the red cells are isolated from the platelet-rich plasma.
Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. Nevertheless, before any treatment, disclose all the medications you are taking (including herbs) to your doctor.
First, the practitioner draws an amount of blood similar to what is required for a basic lab test. Second, the practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. Third, the platelet-rich plasma is activated to release growth factors and signaling proteins.
The entire procedure usually takes 30 minutes or less to perform in your health care provider’s office.
The number of treatments needed depends on each individual patient’s needs and your doctor’s treatment plan. As a stand-alone therapy, many physicians recommend a series of one-three sessions spaced four-six weeks apart for optimal results.
Unlike other products that are acidic (low pH), FDA cleared PRP kits have a pH that is very close to the bodies physiologic pH. There may be some temporary discomfort during the injections, and occasional redness and bruising immediately following the treatment that resolves quickly.
There have been no known side effects reported to date. Some patients may experience some mild irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection sites. These are temporary conditions and typically resolve within two days.
The longevity of the results of PRP treatments vary based on the extent of the procedure, areas treated, and number of sessions.