What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. PRP treatment is autologous blood therapy, meaning it uses your own blood. Platelets release cytokines and growth factors, which are being used to help stimulate or heal in different medical applications.
PRP Screening Consultation
First a PRP screening consultation must be completed to ensure you are a good candidate for PRP. A few contraindications for PRP are: acute or chronic infections, cancer, heavy smoking, drug or alcohol use, low platelets, clotting or blood conditions, thrombocytopenia, anti-coagulation therapy, certain metabolic disorders such as uncontrolled diabetes. The PRP consultation may be done on the same day as treatment, or scheduled on its own. Preparation instructions for before and after treatment will be email to you upon booking or request.
Process of PRP Treatment
At Vitalia, we use a Health Canada approved closed PRP system called PuraPlas by Prollenium Medical Technologies.
The first step is to collect the blood; 8- 16 ml of blood is drawn from your arm.
Next, the blood is placed in a centrifuge where it will spin and separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelet rich plasma is then extracted from the tube into syringes, and is then ready for use. PRP is injected via specialty small needles.
Treatment time varies from one to two hours.