WHAT IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a protein-saturated derivative of your blood. After separation from whole blood, PRP provides a rich source of growth factors that stimulate healing, cellular growth, and tissue repair. It allows your body to stimulate its own innate biological healing process. PRP is injected into the area of need and can be used for a multitude of musculoskeletal pains, injuries and conditions. PRP can be used in both medical and aesthetic procedures because of its ability to increase collagen synthesis, which aids in thickening and tightening newly-formed skin cells.
HOW IS PRP COLLECTED?
The process of PRP extraction and application involves a simple venipuncture and blood draw. The blood is then separated via centrifugational force and your plasma is cleanly separated from your red blood cells to create a platelet-packed, protein-rich fibrin matrix to be injected directly into the area of need. The PRP is activated once it’s applied to damaged tissue or areas of inflammation to commence the body’s natural healing cascade.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THIS PROCESS?
Procedures are completed at our on-site, state-of-the-art, accredited ambulatory surgery facility by compassionate and highly-trained, board-certified providers with experience in extraction, processing, and injection using precise image guided technique. During the blood draw step, our providers can ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed, with a full understanding of the PRP treatment process.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER INJECTION?
This enhanced regenerative process can occur because rich growth factors can speed up cellular processes your body naturally undergoes in order to heal and recover. PRP can take a few weeks to months to fully produce results, but there’s no downtime required and you can return to your normal, moderate activities. Your expert provider can give you the best idea of what to expect during a consultation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRP?
PRP has shown promise in healing certain injuries to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It has also been utilized to improve healing after certain surgeries when it’s injected at an incision. PRP has become widely popular in its cosmetic uses like the vampire facial and hair regrowth, and can also be used as a route of administration for stem cell treatments through suspension. Many patients prefer PRP techniques for its low risk of allergic reaction because it uses their own tissues and naturally-occurring proteins. It also carries a low risk of infection or complication that can be transmitted from donor sources and offers a more holistic approach to healing. Some patients prefer it as an alternative or addition to surgical intervention. Most importantly, PRP injections can be performed quickly and easily, meaning patients can receive effective care without extensive wait times and appointments.
YOUR TIME IS NOW
At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we advocate for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy approach to regenerative healing using the latest and most trustworthy sources in scientific research. Many patients experience disorders that can greatly affect their quality of life and comfort, and they often feel like they have few treatment options or answers. We provide the best options for non-invasive stem cell and PRP-based treatments by our expert providers who stay up-to-date on the best techniques for you and your unique circumstances. PRP injections can be an effective option for patients looking for healing and regenerative medicine without invasive techniques. To discuss whether platelet rich plasma is the best option for you and your health, contact us by calling 206.415.2947 or filling out our online form. Our expert patient coordinators can assist you with booking a consultation with our PRP specialists at our Kirkland office.
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