The platelets in your blood are important for two reasons. First, they help blood to clot when it’s exposed to air. This seals a wound and stops the bleeding. Second, they help to stimulate the creation of replacement tissue when an injury occurs. A cut or scrape heals over rather quickly, and we have our blood platelets to thank for that. They contribute special growth factors for the signaling and organization of tissue growth, whether it be new skin or subdermal tissues.
Recently, medical professionals in San Juan have found that concentrating a large number of platelets in a small amount of plasma is an efficient way to help injuries heal, specifically injuries to tendons and ligaments. When platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected directly into the adjacent tissues, the tendons, joints, and ligaments heal faster, and the individual experiences less pain during recovery from injury. Another popular use of PRP is to stimulate healthy skin growth and improve the overall appearance of an individual’s facial skin. Our San Juan clients are learning quickly about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma and how it can positively affect their appearance and even their health.
For Healing Purposes
When we consult with a client in San Juan who has concerns about pain during the healing of a strain or a damaged ligament, we may suggest PRP as a simple solution. A small amount of blood is taken from the client and spun at high speed in a specially designed centrifuge. The plasma and platelets are separated from the red and white cells. The concentration of platelets can be as high as 90 percent after centrifugation. Calcium chloride is added to activate the platelets.
The mix is injected near the injury site, and the body responds by speeding up the healing process. Growth factors in the platelets help to get rid of the damaged tissue and replace it with new material.
For Facial Skin Improvement
The PRP can be injected directly into and below the skin layers. Just as is the case with healing acceleration following injury, the body responds to the injection of a concentrated amount of platelets as though an injury had occurred. However, instead of creating new tissue to replace damage from a cut or scrape, the platelets serve as an activation agent. Several different growth factors, most of the proteins, act as a signaling mechanism for the proper creation and distribution of new skin tissue.
This helps the skin to have a more pleasing texture, and it also helps smooth away wrinkles. It doesn’t happen overnight, but after three or four treatment sessions, visible improvement is easily noticeable. The PRP has helped the body discard damaged skin cells, and it also helps fade away such types of hyperpigmentation as age spots, stretch marks, and freckles. Some individuals have even enjoyed an improvement in the visibility of melasma and rosacea after receiving PRP injections.
Learn More About Platelet-Rich Plasma
The benefits are many, and the actual treatment procedure is simple and non-invasive. Letting the body heal itself without the need for surgery is something that appeals to everyone. If you’re in the San Juan area and want more information, contact Restoravita Medical Group to learn about the benefits of PRP for injury healing and for skin rejuvenation.