If you’ve had a recent injury, or if you’re losing your hair, you might be seeking a way to get back to your normal life, and quickly. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a versatile treatment that promotes healing everywhere, from joint injuries to hair follicles. If you’re curious as to whether you could benefit from a PRP injection, call or schedule an appointment online at Sugar Land Medical & Aesthetics in Sugar Land, Texas, today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that is injected around injuries to promote healing. Plasma, the liquid component of your blood, contains proteins that make your blood clot when you are injured, essentially allowing your body to heal itself. PRP is concentrated plasma from your own blood that is isolated from other components like red and white blood cells.
While PRP isn’t FDA-approved, many experts find that injecting PRP into damaged tissue speeds up the healing process. It is used by many doctors for a variety of conditions and ailments. Although the FDA has not published its own research on its effectiveness, independent studies show a high success rate in its use.
PRP is a treatment with a wide range of possibilities. These include:
Your provider can help you determine if PRP is an effective treatment option for your condition. Sugar Land Medical & Aesthetics offers PRP for male enhancement, joint healing, microneedling, and more.
Before your PRP injection, your doctor withdraws some of your blood and places it into a centrifuge, or machine that spins quickly, to separate the components in your blood in order to extract and isolate the concentrated plasma. The plasma is then put into a syringe and prepared for injection to the affected area. Depending on the targeted area, your doctor may use imaging technology (e.g., an ultrasound) to better view the area and pinpoint an injection site. Then, she’ll inject your PRP into the joint, skin, or tendon.
In its entirety, the process takes roughly one hour. While side effects are rare, they include pain at the injection site, nerve damage, and infection. If you notice any abnormal symptoms following the procedure, you’ll need to contact your doctor in case you have an infection. If you’re concerned about the procedure, your doctor can further inform you of the process and offer a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain.
If you’re interested in learning more about PRP for male enhancement, joint injuries, baldness, or more, call or schedule an appointment online at Sugar Land Medical & Aesthetics for additional information.