Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
Platelet activation plays a key role in the body's natural healing process.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. In addition, the side effects of PRP injection are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.
What are the potential side effects of PRP?
PRP involves injecting a substance into the skin, there are potential side effects.
PRP is autologous, which means it contains substances that come directly from your own body.
This reduces the risks for an allergic reaction that can occur from injecting other medications, such as cortisone or hyaluronic acid. However, there are risks from the injection itself including:
• Nerve injuries
• Tissue Damage
• Pain at the injection site
What is the recovery time for PRP injections?
When PRP is injected after an injury, your doctor may recommend that you rest the affected area.
However, these recommendations are more related to the injury and less to the PRP injections.
Most people can continue their daily activities following the PRP injections.
PRP injections are intended to promote healing or growth, you may not notice an immediate difference after receiving the injections.
However, in several weeks or months, the area may begin healing faster or growing more hair than you would have expected if you hadn't received PRP injections.