Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
in Bellevue, WA
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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a relatively recent practice that has been used in various medical fields, such as cosmetic surgery dentistry, sports medicine, and pain management. PRP was first developed in the 1970s and has been used in cosmetic medicine since the mid-1990s.
What Is PRP?
PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Platelets are small, sub-cellular fragments in our blood that help form blood clots and repair the tissue after injury. For example, if you cut your arm, the damaged blood vessel sends a chemical signal that “activates” nearby platelets. These activated platelets then form a plug that stops the bleeding. These kinds of platelets also release growth factors and chemical markers which stimulate the blood clotting cascade and start the tissue healing process. Tissue healing then continues over the next several weeks, growing whatever tissue is needed, such as blood vessels, collagen, cartilage, tendon, muscle, and skin.
How Do We Use It?
Our practice is excited to offer PRP treatment. We harness the power of this naturally regenerative property of platelets and put it to use in improving our patients’ quality of life. What we do is collect platelet-rich plasma from whole blood. The platelets are activated when they and the plasma are separated from whole blood. These platelets then act on the tissue into which they are injected, allowing the stimulation of tissue regeneration and rejuvenation. Orthopedic surgeons have used PRP before to help bones heal faster and stronger.
Below we have a list of our current offerings with PRP:
- PRP-enhanced fat grafting
- Hair regeneration
- Priapus Shot™
PRP-Enhanced Fat Grafting
This process will get you long-lasting results similar to dermal fillers but using your own tissue. Fat grafts have been used to reconstruct soft tissue defects, but if they are infused with PRP, the platelets contribute to the initiation and progression of healing after the procedure. Its one drawback is the unpredictability of the final results, as less than 100% of the transferred fat will remain. PRP will also improve the “take” rate of the transferred fat.
Men and women can both experience hair loss. There is now an alternative treatment to hair transplants with PRP. In this kind of therapy, PRP is collected and both injected under the scalp and into the skin through micro-needling. Most patients will require several treatments to achieve the desired effect. Results with this PRP treatment have been dramatic, and many patients have given positive reviews of their results.