The Basics of PRP
What is PRP?
— Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is your own blood spun down and concentrated into two components:
• (Less important) Serum – a dark red blood cell rich section.
• (More Important) Plasma – an often more clear golden coloured section rich in platelets (the stuff that makes wounds clot and heal).
The plasma typically has anywhere from 2x to 10x the number of platelets and found in normal blood. In addition to the platelets, it contains concentrated growth factors and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth. The increased amount of platelets and growth factors is the reason that PRP works. Consider it “Healing Juice” … Literally put it on any part of a wound or affected area and PRP will improve the healing process.
Why is it safe?
• It’s from your own blood, so it’s not foreign to you
• It’s antimicrobial (i.e. fights against bacteria), so chances of infection is reduced.
• It’s major component is platelets, so it clots up wounds and decreases the chances of bleeding.
What can it do?
It can aid in a wide variety of issues. As it has been on the fringe for about 2 decades, its big has normally been in joints. Recently however due to it increasing role in the aesthetic medicine. Think of it like using water and nutrients to fertilize a lawn. There has been growing interest to different areas that it can be applied to such as:
• Joint damage & Surgical Applications (many)
• Skin Damage
• Cuts and open wounds
• Dental Applications – some dentists love this stuff
• Hair Rejuvenation
• ED/Penile Enhancement
• (It also makes a great aftershave 😎)
There are many more but these the most applicable to guys
When should you use it?
Three ways –
• When you are injured
• When you are recovering from surgery or a stem cell procedure
• When you are healthy
The first two are obvious, the third might not be. The classic car example works best. Obviously we don’t wait until it breaks to take care of it. Most of you have heard this analogy before, and it makes sense to you (hopefully). However most people and the healthcare system do not treat their bodies this way. Think about your joints; we stretch, we build, and we tear them down, rinse and repeat. You aren’t replacing anything but doing a once or twice a year lube, which will help keep cartilage from getting worse or can help re-heal tendons & ligaments. Definitely worth a thought.
Thus, consider, once a year using injectable therapies to “lube” your joints. Different issues require different treatments, and when that’s repeated, periodic injections can (I argue) keep your joints and other tissues mentioned above, healthy and strong for a lot longer than what normal guys go through.
“If you need more information, or would like to discuss an issue, don’t hesitate to reach out.”
– Dr. Lal