There are powerful types of cells in your blood called growth factors that help repair damaged tissues and generate new tissue growth. Katrina Babcock, DO, and her team at Rehab Wellness in West Hollywood and Thousand Oaks, California, can harvest these cells from your blood to make platelet-rich plasma or PRP, then inject the growth factors back into your body. PRP is an effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, so if you’re looking for a better way of managing chronic pain, call Rehab Wellness today to find out more or book an appointment online.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is a type of regenerative medicine used for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Platelets are part of your blood, and they perform a crucial function making your blood clot when you sustain an injury. Platelets also contain specific proteins called growth factors that can:
Injecting PRP into a patient at the site of a long-term injury or chronic pain problem gives your body’s natural healing abilities a boost to improve tissue repair and regeneration.
PRP is a natural product that Dr. Babcock extracts from a sample of your blood. This means it’s a very safe form of treatment, as there’s no risk of any adverse reactions to the injection.
Dr. Babcock draws some blood and places it in a centrifuge to spin the blood and separate the platelets. The platelets are now highly concentrated and ready to inject back into your body.
PRP is a relatively new treatment, so researchers are continually finding additional uses for it. At present, Dr. Babcock finds PRP therapy benefits patients who have:
The team at Rehab Wellness uses the Eclipse PRP® system as part of their injectable facelift treatment, along with dermal fillers to reduce lines and wrinkles and promote the growth of collagen and elastin that plumps up the skin. Eclipse PRP uses advanced technology to separate the vital platelets and growth factors needed for effective PRP treatment, while requiring only a small blood sample from patients.
PRP also boosts the effect of microneedling treatments. These involve using a special device to make many tiny pin pricks in the skin on your face. The tiny wounds aren’t visible, but cause just enough tissue damage to trigger the natural repair process. Adding PRP gives the process a significant boost for faster, more complete rejuvenation.
PRP therapy isn’t a quick cosmetic fix like a Botox® injection or a fast-acting solution to chronic pain like a nerve block injection. On the other hand, the effects can be long-lasting, with some patients finding they’re still benefiting from their treatment several years after having PRP therapy.
You should start to see an improvement or feel a reduction in pain gradually over the weeks after you receive your PRP therapy.
To find out more about the ways PRP therapy could benefit your health and your appearance, call Rehab Wellness today or book an appointment online.