Although it is not quite clear who exactly invented PRP, it is known that PRP was intentionally initially first used by doctors in the 1970s. It was used to treat patients with no low platelet blood cells. 10 years later, dentists and oral surgeons discovered the healing properties in dental and oral surgery.
Soon afterwards, sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons stumbled upon the benefits of PRP in regeneration of joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments after sports injury. It was during this era of use in sports medicine and orthopedics surgery that PRP gained widespread media attention. Since then, PRP has been used in heart surgery, gynecology, urology, plastic surgery, aesthetics, and ophthalmology.
PRP treatments in aesthetics medicine is used for tissue regeneration, hair loss, urinary incontinence, and sexual health therapy (such as erectile dysfunction/ED and vaginal rejuvenation).
PRP can also be used to improve the quality of your skin by improving and accelerating the creation and growth of new tissue. In this way, PRP can be used as a natural filler and can be used as a substitute for injectable hyaluronic acid fillers.
PRP is also a good treatment for general wound healing, scar healing and revision, and acne scar treatment.
Your health care provider draws blood from your arm into a special centrifuge tube. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which spins the blood to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. Now the platelet which is now concentrated with growth factors is isolated and reintroduced into your body at the treatment site.
Ideally, prior to your first treatment, your provider will want to know your platelet count and will have your blood sent to the laboratory to check your blood cell count. This ensures that you have an adequate number of concentrated growth factors for treatment in preparation for your PRP treatment.
PRP is not for everyone. PRP may not for you if your platelet count is low since you would not be able to concentrate enough growth factors for you to see or notice an effect.