Platelet-Rich-Plasma includes plasma and platelets from the patient’s own blood. It contains growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration and healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal.
To create platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a specialized centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separates out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrates them in the plasma.
After creating platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s blood sample, that solution is injected into the target area, such as an injured knee, skin or tendons. This can stimulate or speed up the healing process, shortening healing time for injuries, decreasing pain and even encouraging hair growth. At Taos Whole Health we use PRP to treat injured joints, to regenerate hair growth, and in combination with microneedling to repair and tone the skin.