Platelet-rich plasma treatments have been used for decades, but as is the case with many emerging innovative procedures and products, misinformation often follows exciting medical discoveries!
We’d like to take a moment to talk about some of the misconceptions regarding PRP treatments and provide the information you need in order to understand the facts about this kind of healing and make an informed decision about if it’s right for you.
But first, you may be wondering… what exactly is platelet-rich plasma?
Our blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that are suspended in a fluid called plasma. This fluid contains nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes, proteins, and growth factors such as IGF and HGF. While plasma is fundamental to the survival of the cells within it, platelets may be the true superstars!
Platelets are a vital part of blood clotting and the healing of injuries. Platelets’s healing properties result from the hundreds of growth factors that they hold. Growth factors found in platelets (like FGF, PDGF, TGF-B, EGF, VEGF) support stem cell migration, differentiation and proliferation.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is exactly what it sounds like! PRP is plasma that contains a higher concentration of platelets than can be found in blood alone, and it’s always made from a patient’s own blood. Essentially, PRP harnesses the innate healing properties of our own blood in order to promote healing.
Recently, there have been inaccurate reports circulating about PRP treatments. Media controversy has arisen, questioning the regulation of PRP as well as concerns regarding safety and effectiveness of PRP treatments.
We can’t be too careful about how we treat our bodies. It’s always smart to read up on a treatment and ask questions before moving forward with any procedure. But luckily, Health Canada has released a statement clarifying the truth about PRP treatments.
Here are the facts on PRP treatments:
As long as you go to a licensed practitioner (such as one from the Bijou Skin Health Clinic) for your PRP treatment you can ensure that your care has been properly regulated and is entirely safe!