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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 painsinjuries, 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 begins with a simple draw of the patient’s blood. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge which cleanly separates plasma from your red blood cells to create a platelet-packed, protein-rich fibrin solution 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 a cascade of responses of the body’s natural healing process.

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 a 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 PRP INJECTION?

The enhanced regenerative process occurs because rich proteins called 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 as able. Your expert provider can give you the best idea of what to expect for your specific procedure during a consultation.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED IN SEATTLE, WA?

The number of treatment sessions of platelet-rich plasma varies widely by the type of treatment being performed. Most patients benefit from having more than a single treatment. For the most effective PRP hair restoration treatment, our providers usually recommend several treatments spaced a few weeks apart, with more sessions required for greater hair regrowth. Medical appointments such as for sports injuries may be scheduled regularly throughout the course of healing.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY?

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 therapy through suspension.

MEDICAL USES OF PRP THERAPY

Among the first uses of platelet-rich plasma was for accelerating the healing of sports players who had pulled muscles, fractured bones, or torn ligaments. This remains a major part of PRP research and use, but the field is expanding all the time to include new medical treatments for people with metabolic, autoimmune, and even respiratory problems.

Many patients prefer PRP techniques for its low risk of allergic reaction because it uses their own blood 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.

COSMETIC USES OF PRP THERAPY

In addition to the proven benefits for medical PRP treatments, research now points to cosmetic issues that can be addressed with platelet-rich plasma. With the ability to reduce the appearance of scars, boost the production of collagen, and, most popularly, kick-start the natural hair growth cycle of people with thinning hair. PRP is able to do this because the growth factors present in the solution have shown to promote cell growth, “wake up” dormant hair follicles, and create new blood vessels to support hair restoration.

At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we can also use platelet-rich plasma for what’s called a “vampire facial.” This is a non-invasive procedure that combines microneedling with PRP therapy to encourage the formation of cells called fibroblasts, which produce collagen and elastin proteins that help your skin stay tight and elastic, improving your appearance in the long run.

To find out what other treatments platelet-rich plasma can be used to help you gain confidence in your appearance, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified providers.

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 treatments by our expert providers who stay up-to-date on the best techniques for you and your unique circumstances. PRP treatments 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 needs, 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.

Platelet-Rich Plasma FAQs

Can PRP cause blood clots?

If injected properly there should be no concern that PRP may cause a blood clot where injected. It is important to discuss your concerns with a licensed medical provider who has been trained in regenerative medicine and the skilled techniques involved.

Can PRP grow new hair?

The use of PRP and specific regenerative techniques can help stimulate the bodys innate ability to heal and repair tissue including the growth of new hair in areas of hair loss or hair thinning.

Can PRP injections heal a torn rotator cuff?

PRP can help support the body’s natural healing process which repairs our tissue. This includes promoting a decrease in inflammation and stimulation of collagen repair in an area like the tearing of a rotator cuff. Typically PRP is used for minor injuries and micro-tears, while Stem cell is indicated for larger injuries and tears.

Can PRP regenerate cartilage?

PRP can help nourish cartilage in areas where the tissue has been damaged and help to slow the degradation over time. However, in talking about regenerating cartilage, bone, nerve, or blood vessels stem cells would be better indicated.

Can you eat before PRP injections?

On the day of your PRP injections, you are encouraged to eat a full, balanced meal and make sure you are hydrated prior to your appointment.

Can you exercise after PRP injections?

Your post-injection instructions will be discussed following injection and be tailored to your injury specifically which may vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, you will be able to walk and complete your day-to-day activities following your injection. Your exercise regimen will be modified for a short period of time to ensure the completion of the healing process.

Can you walk after PRP injection?

Yes, you can walk after your PRP injections. Your provider will give you the best idea of what you can expect following your treatment.

Do you have to do PRP forever?

PRP may be indicated as a one-time treatment or used on an intermittent basis. There is no limit to the amount of PRP treatments you may receive overtime.

Does insurance cover PRP injections?

Generally speaking, insurance typically does not cover PRP injections.

Does hair fall out after PRP?

PRP is used to promote healing and tissue repair including the stimulation of hair growth for patients experiencing thinning, dormancy, or damage to hair follicles. There is no evidence that PRP will cause hair loss.

Does platelet rich plasma contain stem cells?

PRP or platelet-rich plasma does not contain stem cells but acts to stimulate the bodys natural healing mechanisms which recruit the bodys dormant stem cells to injured tissue. PRP contains reparative growth factors and regulatory proteins that promote healing.

Does platelet rich plasma therapy help arthritis?

PRP may help to decrease inflammation, provide lubrication and slow the rate of degradation in arthritis. PRP cannot regenerate cartilage in the manor that stem cells function.

Does PRP have any side effects?

Injection of PRP comes with little to no side effects. Possible side effects may include soreness, redness, irritation, or bruising at the injection site which typically resolves in a couple of days. Your medical provider will discuss all aspects of treatment prior to your visit including what to expect after injection.

Does PRP heal tendon tears?

PRP works to heal damaged tissue like ligaments and tendons through the release of specific growth factors that target tissue repair, inflammatory modulation, and blood flow.

Does PRP reduce inflammation?

PRP helps to reduce inflammation to damaged tissue by introducing growth factors to the area which stimulate healing, promote collagen repair and modulate the inflammatory cascade.

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