Any person looking for a natural, non-surgical, non-medicinal approach to healing would be a good candidate.
People with severe anemia, low platelet count, abnormal platelet function, active systemic infection, or active cancer may not be eligible. It is not known if blood thinning medication alters the effects of platelet rich plasma.
The healing process is gradual and can take up to 8 weeks to see desired results. Most people see some improvement within 2-6 weeks. The procedure takes less than one hour and has minimal to no downtime.
Depending on the area treated, repeat treatments may be necessary to continue the desired effects. Joint injections may require 1-3 treatments to heal an injured area. Hair rejuvenation with PRP and ECM (extra cellular matrix) should be repeated yearly to continue new hair follicle growth. Facial rejuvenation procedures may require 1-3 treatments yearly, depending on the treatment.
There is some minimal risk involved with the PRP procedures. During research studies and clinical trials, the only risk noted was that the injection could cause an infection to develop. This is not unique to platelet injections; anytime a person undergoes an injection there is a risk. However, because there are no foreign bodies being injected into the body, the injections are considered safe.
It is important to find a provider with experience in platelet rich injections. It is more likely to have a favorable outcome if the doctor administering the injections is experienced and skilled in these procedures.
- Acute muscle tears and strains
- Chronic tendonopathies (tennis elbow, Achilles’ tendon, patellar tendon and rotator cuff)
- Ligament injuries ( i.e. Medial or lateral collateral ligament-MCL/LCL)
- Facial rejuvenation,
- Hair loss (males and females)
- Female urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction