PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP injections are used to infuse tissues with certain types of growth factors and stem cells that have the capability of repairing and rejuvenating damaged areas within the body. Vials of the patient's own blood are used to collect platelets that are activated by putting them through a centrifugal process. Once the cells have been injected into the damaged area, they begin to multiply and produce new tissue that begins to replace the old. The reparative cells interact with the tissues nearest to them to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. PRP is also effective when used to rejuvenate skin that has been damaged due to the rigors of time and overexposure to the elements.
Stem cells are an ideal method of taking control of the aging process. As the skin ages, viable tissues begin to wear down, lose moisture and eventually lose their elasticity. With the use of stem cells and PRP injections, the layers of skin are able to gradually start rejuvenating themselves. This works to restore flexibility, making the skin more pliable and supple. Stem cells that are used in PRP therapy interact with other cells taking on their characteristics and multiplying to produce healthy tissues. As new tissue and collagen are produced, the skin begins to take on a more youthful appearance and regains some of the elasticity it had lost over time.
Stems cells are found throughout the body. They can be harvested from the blood, bone marrow, the brain, liver, skin, heart, and several other areas of the body. When stems cells are harvested, the blood is put into a centrifuge where it is spun at extremely high speeds. This separates the platelets from the plasma and allows doctors to create a matrix. The matrix is fully saturated with platelets that have been "activated" or given the ability to rejuvenate the tissues and cells that are nearest to them. Once the matrix is injected deep into where the tissue is the most damaged, the activated platelets go to work collecting information and altering themselves to replace and replicate the damaged types of tissue.
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