Few things have revolutionized joint health and aesthetics more than platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. At Family Practice of Suntree and Viera in Melbourne, Florida, Frank Ditz, MD, offers the very latest in PRP therapy. If you’d like to learn how this innovative treatment can help you reach your health or aesthetic goals, call or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma is a solution made from a small volume of your own blood. It’s a powerful combination of your own cells that gives your healing function an effective kick start.
The process begins with a blood draw, similar to having blood drawn for lab work. The sample is placed in a centrifuge and spun at a high rate of speed. This separates the liquids from the solids, making it easier to remove the platelets and reintroduce them into the cleared plasma.
Your platelets are the part of your blood responsible for clotting function. They’re also filled with special proteins called growth factors. Platelet-rich plasma offers an excellent way to ease inflammation and speed cellular turnover.
One of the applications of PRP that has shown the most promising results is in knee joint repair. Your knees contain a network of bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels.
When something goes wrong with any of these components, serious pain can follow. PRP injections stimulate your body to produce new tissue to repair damaged joint components. Treatment also lessens inflammation, which is often the primary source of knee pain.
Family Practice of Suntree and Viera offers a knee clinic that can help you get the care you need to live an active, healthy life without severe joint pain.
Platelet rich plasma isn’t just for joint health. The same formulation can also prompt cellular turnover in your facial tissues.
One way to put PRP to use in your aesthetic care is by incorporating PRP into microneedling. This treatment uses thin, sterile needles to create tiny puncture wounds in your facial skin. Your body responds to those tiny punctures with a strong healing response.
Smoothing PRP onto your skin allows the solution to penetrate deeply into those tiny channels. Once it reaches the deeper layers of your skin, PRP can go to work promoting new cell growth and speeding the healing process.
If you have questions or concerns about the role PRP can play in your joint health or aesthetic treatments, come in for a one-on-one consultation. Scheduling takes just moments online or over the phone.