Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma in Philadelphia, PA
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an advanced noninvasive treatment used by physicians to repair, heal and even reverse many cosmetic and medical issues in the body without the aftermath of more invasive surgeries. Board-certified physician, Daniel Lebowitz, M.D., a uses platelet-rich plasma on people living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding communities, to treat injuries and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cosmetic imperfections.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a gel harvested from the patient’s own blood, which contains a concentrated amount of platelets. Blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets are what heal wounds by regenerating cells. Studies show that platelets release large amounts of growth factors that attract macrophages, mesenchymal stem cells, and osteoblasts. These remove necrotic (dead) tissue by boosting tissue regeneration and repair.
In its infancy, dentists first began to use PRP to help heal the mouth in the process of implants, jaw reconstruction, and gum tissue regeneration. As it has become more widely accepted as a treatment alternative to surgery, other medical specialties, such as sports medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and even cosmetic surgery, have begun to use PRP for treating issues and conditions in their respective fields.
Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Because PRP involves using one’s own tissue and blood, it virtually eliminates any issues with allergies or rejection. Additionally, it offers other benefits including:
- Increasing the production of collagen and elastin
- Little to no downtime
- Longer lasting results
- Accelerating or boosting the healing process
- Reducing further trauma and inflammation to injuries
- More cost effective treatment than more invasive surgeries
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work as a Treatment Therapy?
PRP as a treatment therapy is used for many conditions, especially as a cosmetic treatment and for orthopedic issues. With cosmetic treatments, the premise of using PRP is that it boosts collagen production. When this occurs, the collagen rushes to the injection sites (around skin imperfections, wrinkles, lines, etc.) and works to repair the area. PRP for orthopedics is much the same – it is all about boosting collagen production through the induction of platelets and growth factors to stimulate new tissue growth.
Collagen repair is normally separated into three distinct phases: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. During the inflammation stage, which is approximately three days, the growth factors are released. During the proliferation stage, fibroblasts attack the area requiring healing, which may take several weeks. During this time, the development of new blood vessels (neovascularization) takes place. At the final stage, remodeling, the newly created collagen strengthens. With PRP for skin treatments, this is where the fine lines and wrinkles are diminished as the new tissue adds volume. The remodeling stage is ongoing and can last over a year.
In terms of the actual PRP therapy treatment, Dr. Lebowitz retrieves a small amount of blood from patients. The tube of blood is placed in a centrifuge device and spun to separate the stem cells, growth factors and platelets. The amount of blood with the platelets and growth factors is the PRP. After it is prepared to do its job, PRP is injected into the targeted areas, whether an injury, chronic joint condition or facial imperfection. The use of PRP as a treatment is fast and has virtually no pain in the process; however, patients who have anxiety with needles may receive a topical anesthetic at the injection sites.
Protein-Rich Plasma Recovery
With PRP, there is no real recovery with the treatments. Patients return to normal activities immediately following treatment. The results begin to reveal themselves within a month or two with a decrease in pain using PRP for orthopedics and a smoother complexion with PRP for skin. Depending on the extent of the condition, patients may require more than one PRP treatment. The results using PRP last for about a year.
Is PRP Right for Me?
Treatments using PRP are excellent options for anyone between the ages of 18 and 80, and who have suffered from injuries, have a chronic condition affecting the musculoskeletal system or are interested in PRP as a skin treatment. If there are no severe conditions present, including cancer, blood diseases, other infections, fever or skin diseases, PRP may be an option for you. If you are on any blood thinning medications or take corticosteroids, there may be other options for your treatment.
How Much Does PRP Therapy Cost?
The cost for having platelet-rich plasma treatments depends on the reason for treatment, the extent of the area to be treated and how many treatments may be necessary. We can discuss the cost with you, along with our payment and financing options during your consultation. We offer CareCredit® for financing.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Treatment using PRP requires a consultation with Dr. Lebowitz prior to any appointments. During the consultation, he evaluates your condition and overall health, as well as your medical history to determine if PRP or another treatment is the best option for your issue. Additionally, he takes a great deal of time walking you through the entire process so you have a firm understanding of what the treatment may entail.
*Disclaimer: Results cannot be guaranteed and may vary from person to person.
Board-certified physician, Dr. Daniel Lebowitz uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat people living in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, along with the surrounding areas, wanting smoother skin or relief and healing from injuries and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.