PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a treatment that has begun to take the sports world by storm. The technique helps to boost healing for wounds and enervate your skin. Essentially, the process involves drawing your blood, using a centrifuge to separate out the plasma, and re-injecting that plasma (replete with healing platelets) back into the wounded area. By doing so, you increase your body’s natural ability to heal without the need for any foreign substances.
You don’t need to have an open wound or a sports injury in order to benefit from PRP treatments. The technique can be used for a variety of issues, including:
- Tendon tears
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament damage
- Damaged skin
- Joint injuries
- Arthritis pain
If you have recurring pain, joint problems, or an injury that you’d like to heal as quickly as possible, PRP treatments from Glow Aesthetic Center can be your solution. Schedule a consultation with the medical team at Glow by calling our office at (818) 905-8815 or reaching out through our online contact page.
Understanding Platelet-Rich Plasma
PRP treatments are a fairly straightforward procedure. The concept is simply to increase the percentage of platelets in your blood. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), platelets contain growth factor proteins that are particularly important for the healing process.
When you undergo PRP treatment, the team at Glow Aesthetic Center will remove some of your blood and separate the plasma before re-injecting that plasma into the target area. This effectively increases the number of platelets that are present in that area, anywhere from 5 to 10 times the usual amount.
A Closer Look at Plasma
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood. It actually comprises around 55% of the total volume of blood in a human body, making it the largest element in our blood. The other elements include red and white blood cells as well as platelets.
This liquid substance acts as a transport for all the vital parts of your blood. It is made up of water, various kinds of chemical enzymes, proteins, and even antibodies. In addition to simply carrying the blood cells and platelets, plasma also plays a role in the blood clotting process, fighting infections, and more.
Using PRP for Cosmetic Purposes
PRP treatments can be used for a variety of reasons and not just as a way to boost your body’s healing process after an injury. In addition to alleviating chronic pain, there are cosmetic uses for PRP as well. At Glow Aesthetic Center, we combine PRP treatments with microneedling services to help accelerate your body’s production of collagen.
The single most abundant protein in your body, collagen acts as a structural component or “glue” in many areas like your skin and bones. When you undergo microneedling, small needles puncture your skin painlessly, telling your body that there has been some damage. This activates the production of collagen in the area, resulting in smoother, wrinkle-free skin that recaptures the plump, elastic feel of your youth.
PRP can also be used to stimulate the growth of hair follicles as part of Glow Aesthetic Center’s hair regeneration treatments.
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What to Do Before Your PRP Treatment
Before you head in for your first platelet-rich plasma treatment, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure that your session is as effective as possible.
No Blood Thinners
Make sure you stop taking any medications, vitamins, or supplements that contain blood thinners at least 24 hours before your session. That includes painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin, as well as some products that contain Omega-3 fatty acids. PRP treatments involve drawing and re-injecting blood, so blood thinners can cause you to bleed or counteract the clotting process.
Alert Us to Any Medical Conditions
The first step with any treatment administered by the team at Glow Aesthetic Center is an in-person consultation about you, your body, and your treatment goals. During this time, make sure to alert the staff to any medical condition that might affect your PRP treatment, such as:
- Abnormal platelet count
Eat and Drink
Getting blood drawn can cause some lightheadedness in some patients, so it’s important to make sure that you take proper precautions. Eat before you come in for your PRP treatment and make sure you are hydrated. That can help stave off any lightheadedness or lingering effects from having your blood drawn. In most cases, you should even be able to drive yourself home after your treatment!
Results You Can Expect
The specifics of your treatment will depend on your specific body type, personal health, age, overall treatment goals, and other factors discussed in your pre-treatment consultation. However, it generally takes at least a week before you start seeing significant results (such as healing or a reduction in pain). For pain relief and cosmetic treatments, results typically last up to a year.
Some patients may need additional appointments and follow-up treatments in order to capture the best results. The Encino medical staff at Glow Aesthetic Center, led by Dr. Homan Siman, will create a unique treatment plan for you based on your body and treatment goals.
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Schedule an Encino PRP Treatment Consultation Today
Whether you have suffered a serious sports injury, have constant arthritic pain, or simply need to address cosmetic issues like wrinkles or thinning hair, platelet-rich plasma may be the answer you’ve been seeking. Glow Aesthetic Center offers both cosmetic and medical PRP treatments in Encino, and we’re dedicated to helping our clients achieve their life and beauty goals.
Call our office today by dialing (818) 905-8815 and a team member will schedule you for a private consultation. You can also reach us by filling out the form on our contact page and we will respond to your request as soon as possible.
With PRP treatments, you can heal and grow using your body’s natural healing processes without the need for foreign substances or surgery.