Platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as autologous conditioned plasma therapy, works by leveraging the natural healing properties of blood to achieve accelerated healing in skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, and other tissues of the body. The broad applicability of PRP therapy to various forms of healing makes it increasingly popular in any number of medical treatments, from aesthetic improvement to orthopedics. Here are a few of the most popular uses:
Face and neck revitalization
PRP therapy works well to revitalize the skin on the face and neck across the board. Effective treatments have been shown to help heal scars, reduce wrinkles, tighten and tone skin, minimize dark circles under the eyes, and more. Often, PRP is used in combination with other aesthetic treatments, such as microneedling, to achieve maximum collagen production and optimize the rejuvenation of the face and neck.
Minimizing and reducing scarring
PRP is used for its healing properties to reduce the risk of scarring in various surgeries, especially plastic surgery, and to reduce existing scars. Popular treatments include the use of PRP in combination with other treatments to eliminate acne scars, injury scars, stretch marks, surgical scars, and more.
Hair loss treatment
PRP is increasingly popular as a solution for hair loss in men and women, as it can stimulate the thickening and regrowth of hair in treated areas. Even in cases where significant regrowth isn’t possible, it shows consistency in halting the further loss of hair in a vast majority of recipients.
PRP therapy has been applied to accelerate healing of bone and soft tissues for decades in plastic surgery, back injuries, and other specific fields. Recently, it has become popular with many top athletes to minimize recovery time from various sports-related injuries such as tendonitis. Top professionals such as Tiger Woods have used PRP to great effect.
Direct injection of PRP into joints affected by osteoarthritis aims to improve function, reduce pain, and slow, halt, or reverse the damage of cartilage. This application is still in its early stages, though research shows great promise. PRP therapy in arthritic joints can reduce inflammation, encourage the growth of additional cartilage, and otherwise act to minimize the various sources of pain in osteoarthritis.
If you want to find out more about the potential of PRP therapy, or you’d like to schedule a consultation about a particular treatment, contact New Concepts Medical in Wappingers Falls today.