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What is PRP?

PRP application (platelet-rich plasma) is the process of giving platelet-rich plasma to the body by injection. The blood taken from the patient's body is centrifuged to obtain platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is then injected into the patient. PRP is a natural and effective way to heal the body. It has a localized effect, meaning it must be given to the injured or chronic pain area. Those who have PRP treatment enter the recovery process much faster. Moreover, this happens completely naturally and safely. PRP is also attractive for patients from a price perspective. Instead of performing many medical applications sequentially, PRP, which provides rapid healing, is advantageous in knee treatment, hair treatment and many other areas. You can find the answers to your questions such as how PRP is applied, what is PRP good for, in this article.

What is PRP Treatment?

Thanks to the benefits of PRP, it is a procedure preferred by more and more people every year. The key ingredient that makes it so effective is platelets. Platelets play several important roles in your body. Most importantly, they allow new cells to grow while removing old, damaged cells from an injury site. PRP allows us to control and accelerate your body's healing processes and get you back on your feet faster. As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma is a volume of plasma with a high concentration of platelets. To produce PRP, your doctor will draw a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm. Then centrifugation is started. The machine siphons the platelets and some plasma. The process is repeated until the platelet concentration reaches the target amount. This can vary from treatment to treatment. The entire production process takes about 15 minutes.

PRP has been used in many parts of the world for over 50 years. It was originally used to help patients recover from open-heart surgery. However, after its reparative properties became clear, it quickly spread to other areas as well. In the 80s and 90s, PRP had an important place in sports medicine. Many professional athletes receive PRP treatment to recover faster after injury. In the last decade, a number of FDA-approved PRP treatments have emerged. Most of these are cosmetic treatments that use PRP as an anti-aging agent. PRP application is used nowadays in many areas from burn victims to ulcers and sprained ankles. Hair loss is minimized with PRP hair treatment. In addition, the hair strands are provided with a stronger structure. When asked if PRP grows hair, the answer will be yes indirectly. Since the cells in the damaged area will be renewed, it will be possible for hair to grow in this area in the long term.

What To Pay Attention To In PRP Treatment

The PRP kit consists of the necessary materials for the collection and storage of blood taken from a person, special centrifugation of the blood and return to the same person. There is a wide variety of new generation PRP kits developed specifically for each branch. A high quality kit should be used during PRP application. In some commercially available PRP kits, highly harmful substances such as sodium citrate are added to prevent blood from clotting when it leaves the body. The PRP kit is a medical product and should only be used by qualified personnel. You cannot perform the procedure on your own using the PRP kit. The important thing in the treatment of PRP is that the blood taken from the person is used without coagulation; used with before deterioration and precipitation of the proteins in it. In terms of the success, choosing the right PRP kits, which PRP kit to use in which treatment and hygiene are very important.

How is PRP Applied?

PRP obtained from the person's own blood is applied by injecting small amounts under the skin. Thus, platelets, the amount of which is much higher than the amount that can be transported by the blood circulation, is delivered to the area to be repaired, ensuring a rapid regeneration. With the PRP application, the collagen structure in the application area is strengthened. The first step of the process is to separate the platelets and plasma from your blood by following the steps described above. Once this is complete, the PRP is drawn into a syringe and the site is prepared for injection. A healthy diet is recommended in the days before treatment as this will ensure that your plasma is of the highest quality. Your body renews its plasma roughly every three days, so you should try to eat healthy during this period before treatment. Depending on the nature of the problem, PRP can be applied to several areas with small injections. For deeper injections, an anaesthetic injection may be made first to make the procedure more comfortable. Generally, PRP application is completed in less than an hour. Genetic, environmental, age-related, stress-related, alcohol and smoking-related factors adversely affect metabolism and slow down cell regeneration. PRP causes an increase in production and a regeneration effect in the tissue to which it is applied. Platelets have restorative effects. The main purpose of PRP treatment is regeneration. Thus, a tighter and brighter skin, reduced sagging, reduced wrinkles, lighter skin spots and reduced scars are observed.

Is PRP Safe?

PRP therapy is probably the safest form of intervention available. First of all, PRP is autologous, so its active ingredient comes from your own body. There are no risks associated with donor material and donated blood collection. Second, when you compare PRP to surgical procedures, the results are generally in favor of PRP. There are some conditions that PRP cannot treat, such as severe ligament tears that require surgery. But for milder problems, PRP shortens the recovery time without the complications of surgery. Best of all, it is a great treatment for chronic pain. Opioids and other pain relievers can have serious side effects. PRP, on the other hand, is completely natural and supports your body to heal. PRP application, which is applied by an experienced specialist in accordance with the necessary hygiene conditions, does not cause any side effects. PRP is a risk-free procedure as it is obtained from the person's own blood. Mild redness may be observed for a short time after PRP application. PRP knee treatment, PRP hair treatment and other procedures are not recommended for pregnant women, those taking blood thinners, those with infections, and those with a history of cancer or blood disease.

What Is PRP Good For?

PRP application is a method used in the removal of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, décolleté area, hands and body, and in the treatment of acne scars, spots and hair loss. Those who have PRP treatment are usually those who encounter the following conditions:

Sports injuries: If you badly injured your ankle or knee while playing sports, PRP knee treatment can do wonders for your joints and ligaments. It is known that especially the healing of the joints takes some time. There is usually less blood flow to the corners and fissures of your joints, which slows healing. Your doctor can accelerate the healing of ligaments by injecting PRP into the joint. Thus, you can increase the range of motion and comfort of the entire joint in general. PRP knee treatment is also advantageous in terms of price. It can speed up the healing process as well as reduce the cost of treatment by reducing the type and number of treatments you need to receive.

Damaged Muscles: If you have a partial or even complete muscle tear, PRP application can shorten your recovery time and even support stronger muscle fibers as the injury heals. Whether you have been injured from lifting weights or from hyperextension while playing sports, your outcome can be greatly improved with PRP.

Arthritis: Recent studies show that PRP should be the first line of defense against any form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, requires a very laborious treatment process. There is no general cure for arthritis, and most treatments are palliative in nature. PRP can very well change this. Rheumatoid arthritis is another area of study right now, and early research shows that PRP administration treatments can actually reverse or stop the degenerative damage from arthritis. This is due to PRP's ability to trigger the production of new cells. Your body will replace the aging cells with new ones and literally put the area in a better condition.

Tendinitis: Damaged tendons can be difficult to treat due to their hypovascular nature. This means that there is not much blood flow in that area. The typical advice is to just rest, but for some people that's not an option. With PRP application, support can be provided to heal the tendon. Today, thousands of athletes of all ages receive PRP treatment for tendinitis and experience very effective results.

Considering its an almost zero risk procedure with high efficiency, PRP application is an advantageous treatment method. As can be seen, PRP application can be used in many areas. Your doctor will decide whether your situation is suitable for PRP application. To achieve maximum results, 3-4 sessions of PRP should be performed one month apart. People who repeat this process every year will have a permanent glow, vitality and improvement in their skin. After PRP application, the skin gets a brighter and tighter appearance. The lasting effect of the treatment is clearly visible after 3-4 applications.

Dr. Hande Ulusal

Uzm. Dr. Hande Ulusal özellikle estetik ve kozmetik dermatoloji, dermatolojide lazer uygulamaları, sedef hastalığı (psoriasis), akne (ergenlik sivilcesi), rozase, saç hastalıkları ve ürtiker ile ilgilenmektedir.

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