Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy – Edmonton

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PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma), also know as “Vampire Facelift” or “Dracula therapy,” is a natural approach to skin rejuvenation. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is based on the idea of enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself, creating new blood vessels and elastic fibers including collagen and elastin in the skin, leaving patients with a radiant glow.

PRP therapy was originally used in the 80’s for burn victims and maxillofacial surgeries, due to its proven ability to accelerate wound healing and promote tissue growth. PRP injections are now used in orthopaedic surgery, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, tendon and ligament injury, as well as hair rejuvenation and cosmetic anti-ageing purposes.

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 What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

prp therapy edmonton dr. anil sharmaBlood makes up nearly 10% of our body weight, supplying us with essential nutrients needed for life. Within our blood, we have plasma (the liquid component), white cells (protectors against infection), red cells (oxygen transporters), and platelets. Platelets are the colourless blood cells that help our blood clot. They also contain over 300 growth factors (proteins, vitamins, hormones, etc.), which, as you can imagine, help the body heal and regenerate when necessary.

When the body is injured, signals are sent out to promote healing. This triggers the release of platelets, which in turn activate the growth stimulants required to begin the cell rejuvenation process. The science supporting PRP therapy indicates that by increasing the concentration of platelets in plasma to at least four times the normal amount, it can effectively increase cellular regeneration.

The beauty behind PRP therapy is that it utilizes the body’s own healing mechanisms. Dr. Sharma’s treatment simply maximizes the potential in our blood to create a natural change.

 How Platelet-Rich Plasma works

Collagen and Keratin are the main structural proteins responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Once these substances start to degrade it leads to aging. PRP Therapy involves patients giving a small amount of their blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge, to separate out the platelet plasma. These platelets contain “growth factors,” which are proteins that help to repair damaged tissue, build new blood vessels and stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts and keratinocytes which produce collagen and keratin respectively. The platelets are then injected into specific areas, such as wrinkles and creases, spurring growth and creating volume. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is centred on the idea that the body can heal itself, slowing the aging process. The treatment stimulates the growth of collagen as well, leaving patients with a radiant glow.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy can be used on various parts of the body, including the face, hands, and to treat scar tissue. The whole procedure generally takes about one hour, and requires 10 to 20 milliliters of blood, similar to a vial taken for a regular blood test.

PRP is a great choice for people looking for a non-surgical and non-invasive way to rejuvenate their skin naturally, using a method that is medically proven and trusted.

How long before I see results?

Results are often visible within a few weeks, with patients noticing healthier more vibrant, glowing skin. By using the body’s own healing process, this procedure is intended to create long-term results, lasting up to 18 months.

Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment: helping patients heal themselves

Until recently, it was rare that a surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist and physiotherapist would each recommend the same treatment for their clients’ unique needs. However, in recent years, with the emergence of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, this is now a common occurrence. PRP therapy is one of the only procedures of its kind that aids in healing sports injuries, alleviating chronic pain, improving surgical recovery and reversing the appearance of aging.

Over the past decade, several professional athletes have received PRP injections – making Platelet-rich plasma therapy a household name. Now, with research giving validity to the broad spectrum of uses for the therapy, everyday men and women are enjoying its benefits.

What is involved in treatment?

To begin the process, Dr. Sharma draws a small amount of blood from the patient. It is then spun at high speed to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. After extracting the concentrated, Platelet-Rich Plasma, Dr. Sharma injects it directly into the patient’s problem area.

With the exception of mild discomfort and swelling surrounding the injection site, patients can expect minimal downtime and almost no risk of side effects. Results of the procedure are gradual; they can be seen within weeks and last up to 18 months.

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Orthopedic Uses

Much of the research surrounding Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy has been focused around its orthopedic uses. Ongoing studies are discovering how beneficial the treatment can be in a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and degeneration.

In particular, tendinopathy has been shown to improve with the use of PRP therapy. This is not surprising, given how slowly blood tends to travel to the body’s tendons (as compared to its muscles and bones). Under normal circumstances, experts have noted that the body can take up to 100 days to build up healthy levels of collagen needed to repair damaged tendons. So by injecting PRP, Dr. Sharma can increase the rate of healing in these types of injuries.

Most commonly, PRP therapy has been used to heal tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and achilles tendinosis. However, Dr. Sharma can also treat the following injuries:

  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epidcondylitis)
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinosis)
  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot)
  • Hamstring, adductor and gluteal tendinopathy
  • Muscle tears
  • Hip inflammation (Trochanteric bursitis)
  • Osteoarthritis

In many injuries, the body often develops scar tissue throughout the healing process. One of the benefits of PRP therapy is that by injecting concentrated growth factors back into the body, healthy tissue repair is promoted, as opposed to scar tissue development.

Cosmetic Uses

At the forefront of facial rejuvenation, PRP therapy offers patients effective treatment against the signs of aging, with almost no risk. One of its most appealing factors is that this therapy is natural. Patients need not worry about allergic reactions or the rejection of a foreign substance in their body.

Using PRP as a dermal filler, Dr. Sharma injects it into the desired area to stimulate the production of collagen (and many other growth factors), thereby solving unsightly, age-related complaints, including:

  • Plumping up droopy tissue
  • Filling in wrinkles
  • Smoothing skin on back of hands
  • Toning the facial structure
  • Refreshing tired looking skin
  • Improving skin texture
  • Tightening up skin on the upper torso
  • Reducing the appearance of acne scars

Not only does the injection of PRP resolve existing issues, but with the stimulation of new cell growth, it is suggested that this therapy also slows down the aging process.

In addition to its use as a filler, Platelet-Rich Plasma offers a promising solution for people suffering from hair loss. Dr. Sharma can inject the concentrated platelets into areas of hair loss, stimulating the growth of new hair follicles.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Summary

One of the greatest aspects of this therapy – and what separates it from other treatments – is its dual benefits:

1. PRP therapy addresses the immediate issue. Whether a patient pursues this treatment to eliminate pain or to hide unappealing physical issues, PRP therapy can achieve the desired goal in a relatively short period of time.

2. PRP therapy heals the underlying issue. In addition to eliminating the obvious, nagging concerns a patient has, this procedure encourages new growth and tissue regeneration.

This essentially means that Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy offers patients a short-term, “Band-Aid” solution as well as long-lasting benefits.

PRP Therapy Consultation

Whether you’re suffering from the impact aging has taken on your appearance, or you’re hoping to gain your quality of life back after an injury, Dr. Sharma will provide you with the highest quality PRP treatment in Edmonton.

Dr. Sharma values patient education and his priority during your consultation is to answer any questions you may have regarding your health and the procedure.

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Dr. Anil Sharma MD
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