If you are considering PRP you might be interested in these 5 facts
- It is made of plasma enriched with blood platelets. Plasma is simply the straw-colored liquid that contains a person’s blood cells, while platelets are tiny bodies responsible for wound healing.
- PRP is made from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and put in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells and other components. By the end of the process, PRP has five times the amount of platelets found in blood.
- Because of the concentration of platelets, PRP has a wealth of growth factors. These include insulin-like growth factors, interleukin 8, growth factors for connective tissues and epidermal growth factors.
- PRP may seem like a newer treatment, but was first used in 1987 during heart surgery.
- Because PRP is drawn from the patient’s own blood, there’s no risk of rejection.