Defy Medical patients can now benefit from a treatment using Platelet-Rich Plasma injections.
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated blood sample that contains high levels of platelets, a critical component of the wound healing process. Platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound healing process. Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing.
The PRP procedure involves drawing out one’s own blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects in the tube. This plasma rich in platelets and growth factors is very useful for tissue regeneration and healing.
Platelets mediate cell differentiation, migration, and cell-to-cell adhesion through the release of various growth factors, cytokines, and adhesion molecules. One of the most important functions of platelets is their role in promoting angiogenesis, as physicians recognize that re-establishing blood flow through angiogenesis is critical for healing.28 Recent studies indicate that the optimal platelet concentration to stimulate angiogenesis ranged from 1.5 million to 3.0 million platelets per microliter (1.5 – 3.0 x 106 platelets/µL).16