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Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine where the focus is to regenerate human cells, tissues, and organs by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanism as it functions to heal damaged tissues. Platelets rich plasma (PRP) is one of these methods.
What Does the Procedure Consist of?
To prepare for PRP injection, blood is drawn from the patient and is spun in a centrifuge at a high speed that separates it into four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. This forms a very “platelet-rich plasma” solution which is then used to inject back into the arm, scalp, eyebrows, face or other tissue.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Each PRP therapy session lasts around an hour which includes the preparation as well as recovery. Patients are fine to go home when the procedure is finished. Most patients are actually able to return to their job or normal routine.
Patients receiving PRP therapy generally require 3-4 injections that are spaced 2-3 weeks apart, and full recovery from each injection is about a week. Following treatment physical therapy is often prescribed to help the patient to rebuild function in the injured area.