PRP works by recreating and stimulating the body's natural healing process, using patients' own cells to promote accelerated healing.
PRP can be used in the following clinical applications
PRP is often injected into areas within the body that have a poor blood supply to promote soft tissue and bone healing in these difficult to heal areas such as the plantar fascia (foot), achilles tendon (ankle), the rotator cuff (shoulder), tennis elbow and the patella tendon (knee). Also most joint surfaces and cartilage have a very poor blood supply so once injured often the body cannot repair the damage on its own, which is one of the reasons why osteoarthritis becomes more progressive with time.
PRP functions as a tissue sealant and drug delivery system, with the platelets initiating wound repair by releasing locally acting growth factors. These growth factors attract un-differentiated cells that aid tissue healing and regeneration, promote new capillary growth, and accelerate skin regrowth in chronic wounds.
PRP therapy can positively impact wound healing and associated factors such as pain and infection in both chronic and acute cutaneous wounds.
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Aesthetics (skin rejuvenation and hair restoration)
In dermatology and cosmetic medicine, PRP has been successfully used to treat acne, scarring, skin rejuvenation
In hair restoration, PRP will be injected into the scalp. The application of PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. PRP activates follicular progenitor cells (adult stem cells) and promotes angiogenesis and localised cell growth. Effective for both male and female pattern hair loss, PRP has also regrown hair in alopecia area, eyebrow hypotrichosis and other patient cases with non-hereditary hair loss.
PRP provides an immediate surgical haemostatic agent that is biocompatible, safe, and effective. By delivering powerful growth factors that stimulate and improve blood supply, PRP offers an extremely broad range of surgical healing applications in head and neck surgery, cardiovascular surgery, ENT, cosmetic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and periodontal surgery.