Procedures in Platelet-Rich-Plasma in Minnesota

Any new development when it comes to hair recovery is good news for people with hair issues. In the hair arena, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is introduced as the most recent therapy for hair management and there are more developments. PRP is also part of the treatment for many orthopedic conditions and sport injuries. Major blood components are the red blood cells, the white blood cells, plasma, and platelets that play major roles in the healing process. In hair therapy, the platelets actively participate in regrowth and slowing down hair loss. Platelets containing tiny discoid granulated blood cells for clotting and growth factors are released. When platelets are accelerated, they prevent inflammation and promote healing. The life span of platelets is within 7–10 days.

Every normal specimen of blood contains 6% platelets while the platelet- rich-plasma (PRP) has platelets containing much higher concentration. PRP injection treats injuries of the tendon or muscle injuries and the success rate is about 70% to 80%. Complete healing is expected after 4 to 6 weeks.

Special precautions for the procedure must be observed in individuals with –

  • Low- rated platelet counts

  • Chronic bleeding disorders

  • Taking blood thinner medication

  • Taking anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Allergic to local anesthesia

  • Easily infected and

  • Infanticipating and breast-feeding women

During and after PRP procedures

PRP procedure is very simple – it can take place in the doctor’s office or in a clinic. First step is drawing of 10 ml. of blood from the large vein in the elbow. Then blood is centrifuged to allow separation of platelets from the rest of blood components. The procedure is completed after10 minutes. The scalp area to receive the PRP is anesthetized and then injected with the PRP under ultrasound guidance.

After the procedure, patients might experience approximately two to three days of being sore and are usually prescribed pain medication. Rest is needed for a few days or weeks after the treatment. The injected tissues should not be touched. Although light normal activities may be resumed; however, avoid strenuous activities like heavy exercise or lifting. There may be pain from the injection for a few days but this can be alleviated by cold compress and pain medication. Avoid anti-inflammatory meds as it can affect platelet functions.

There are rare cases of risks and complications following the PRP injection. Untoward developments might be an injury of the blood vessel, scarring of injection site, infection, nerve vessel injury and scar tissue formation.

Call your doctor immediately if pain persists or adverse reaction develops after the injection.