The functional improvements and healing from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy may sound like treatments of the future, but there are many available treatments with these substances that you can get today. At Perfect YOUth in Newport Beach, California, Yeral Patel, MD, provides injections of PRP and stem cells to enhance the healing of your tissues. To discover more information about what they can do, book an appointment by phone or online at Perfect YOUth today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that Dr. Patel makes using the components of your own blood after a blood draw. Platelets are a type of cell in your blood that help it coagulate to stop bleeding and begin the healing process. PRP also contains a high concentration of growth factors, another key participant in the healing process.
Plasma, the liquid base of your blood, is also the liquid base of your PRP. To create PRP and prepare it for treatment, Dr. Patel takes the sample of your blood and spins it in a centrifuge for 10 to15 minutes. It separates into several layers of different cell types, and she removes the layer of platelets to prepare it for injection.
Stem cell therapy is somewhat similar to PRP in that it uses natural regenerative cells from your own body to aid in healing. Stem cells are a type of cell found in your bone marrow and other body tissues that haven’t yet specialized to have a job in your body. Medical professionals also get stem cells from the umbilical cord cells of healthy babies.
Stem cells can turn into many different cell types in your body. When injected, they aid in healing by regenerating into different cell types to help heal injuries and tissue damage. Like PRP injections, stem cells come with lots of growth factors to accelerate your natural healing process.
PRP injections and stem cell therapy have many implications in treating injuries and tissue damage. Among the many ailments they can treat are:
You may need several injection appointments to see a difference in the speed of your injury healing and pain relief.
PRP injections can also be added to microneedling procedures for skin rejuvenation. Microneedling causes tiny injuries in your skin to stimulate healing and collagen growth, while the growth factors in PRP injections accelerate the healing to renew your skin further.
Regenerative medicine like stem cells and PRP injections have many implications in joint healing and skin renewal. To book a consultation for one of these treatments, call Perfect YOUth or request an appointment online today.