Platelet-rich plasma and Platelet-rich fibrin (PRP/PRF) are accessible and highly effective forms of regenerative medicine that can help heal injuries, scars, and various skin defects. At St. Pete Wellness & MedSpa in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eugene DeLucia, DO, offers PRP injections and PRF treatments for injuries as well as PRP microneedling for scars, wrinkles, and more. To explore the treatments for yourself, call the office, or schedule a consultation online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance made up of several parts of your blood. The platelets are cells that flow through your blood and gather together to form clots and scabs, an essential part of the injury healing process. They can even communicate with each other by releasing chemical signals telling other platelets to join them.
PRP also includes plasma, the flowing liquid part of your blood. Plasma includes both water and proteins. It allows PRP to be an injectable product that’s easy to use for several treatment purposes.
The PRP for your treatment at St. Pete Wellness & MedSpa comes from your own blood, not a donor’s blood. Your provider draws a blood sample and places it in a centrifuge to separate it into layers using centrifugal force. One of those layers is concentrated with platelets. They extract that layer and prepare it for your injections.
Platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, is the next generation of platelet therapy used in regenerative medicine.
Like PRP, your doctor obtains the PRF material from your blood and runs it through a centrifuge. The difference is that PRF requires no additives for coagulation and is spun at a different speed than PRP. These variations alter the healing properties of PRF.
Platelet-rich fibrin can be used as a biological membrane, physiological glue, or a naturally derived dermal filler. PRF can also be used for fat grafting, facial surgery, hair loss treatments, and scar therapy.
You have a couple of different options when it comes to using PRP for treatment at St. Pete Wellness & MedSpa. Depending on your treatment goals, your provider might recommend:
Your provider can place PRP injections near musculoskeletal injuries in your neck, lower back, hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, feet, ankles, and other regions. PRP helps injuries in these areas heal and may even improve their mobility.
PRP microneedling is an anti-aging treatment for your skin. Microneedling involves creating a series of shallow, tiny injuries in your skin to stimulate healing and regeneration. Infusing your skin with PRP during your microneedling treatment enhances the process. PRP microneedling treats fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. You’ll also notice that your skin has a fresh glow soon after your treatment.
PRP treatments for musculoskeletal injuries may help you avoid surgery or other, more invasive procedures. Unlike pharmaceuticals, PRP for any purpose is often preferable because it:
Your provider can help you compare PRP treatments to your other options and decide if you’re a candidate for your treatment of choice.
To find out more about PRP injections and PRP microneedling, call St. Pete Wellness & MedSpa to request an appointment, or book your visit online today.