PRP is a treatment that involves a sample of the patient’s blood which has been centrifuged and separates the red blood cells from the plasma, resulting in a plasma enriched with a higher concentration of platelets than normal.
Plasma contains platelets that, when injected into hair, skin, joints, etc., create an inflammatory response that attracts stem cells to repair damaged tissue.
Once the centrifugation process is completed, the PRP is extracted from the remaining blood sample and injected into treated areas or applied topically.
It is a minimally invasive technique which is performed on an outpatient basis. A small dose of blood similar to a common blood test (between 2 and 8 milliliters) is extracted from the patient with a small amount of anticoagulant. This blood is subjected to a centrifugation process that separates the fraction richest in platelets, which contains the growth factors and proteins.
Subsequently, the part richest in growth factors is separated, discarding the rest. Then, calcium chloride is added to release the platelet growth factors and it is injected directly into the injured area via the joints or muscles.
The protocol with Platelet Rich Plasma is specific for each patient depending on the aging degree and the characteristics of their skin; usually the proposal is 3 sessions spaced one month apart.
Results also vary depending on different factors. For example, the type of centrifuge and collecting tubes being used. Here at AMIS Med Spa, we focus on having the best in the market that gives consistent results. Our specialists use a swing bucket centrifuge which is the same kind used by Orthopedic physicians to inject PRP into the knee, because it gives the highest platelet concentration 6x or more concentration than your typical centrifuge. The collection tubes are specifically made to separate with ease the platelets from the rest of the blood without damaging them.
On the day of the plasma application it is not recommended to sunbathe or apply creams directly to avoid any local infection. After the therapy, it is not advisable to go to saunas or to the gym immediately afterwards. Do not wear make-up during the first 24 hours. Do not expose yourself to the sun.
Overall, the results of platelet-rich plasma are visible 20-30 days after the first session, however, from the first few days, improvement is already beginning to be seen.