Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a great, natural treatment for improving skin texture and elasticity, particularly under the eyes. Areas of skin that are treated with PRP feel firmer, appear tauter and regain that youthful glow. It has also been useful in the treatment of acne scarring, skin tightening and hair loss.
This is an in-office procedure that involves a blood draw, preparation of the PRP, and the injection:
1. Blood is drawn from a vein in the patient’s arm into a syringe (15 to 60mL, or 0.5 to 2 ounces, or more may be needed). The blood is processed using a centrifuge machine.
2. A doctor or registered nurse prepares the centrifuged platelet-rich plasma for injection.
3. The affected joint area is cleansed with disinfectant such as alcohol or iodine.
4. A lidocaine injection and/or another local anesthetic may be used to numb the injection site.
5. The patient is asked to relax; this will facilitate the injection and also can make the injection less painful.
6. Using a syringe and needle, the doctor injects a small amount (often just 3 to 6 mL23 ) of platelet-rich plasma into the affected tendon.
7. The injection area is cleansed and bandaged.