Have you ever noticed how quickly your skin heals after you sustain a small cut? When you’re injured, microscopic cell fragments in your blood called platelets rush to the site and form a wound-sealing clot. This stops bleeding and starts the healing process.
The healing power of platelets makes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) a powerful treatment solution for a range of health and wellness concerns.
Jennylle Zanzi, FNP-C, and the skilled team at RVA Regenerative Wellness in Midlothian, Virginia, are anti-aging experts specializing in PRP therapy. We can offer this holistic, minimally invasive treatment to patients looking to ease joint pain, reverse hair loss, or rejuvenate aging skin. Find out how it works and how it can help you.
A short tutorial on PRP power
PRP therapy is a holistic approach to health and wellness that harnesses your body’s innate power to repair, rejuvenate, and restore itself. Specifically, it uses a concentrated serum of your blood platelets to facilitate accelerated tissue healing and rapid regeneration in a specific, targeted area.
The smallest blood cells
Your blood is mostly fluid (plasma) by volume. Red cells, white cells, and platelets are suspended in your blood plasma. About half the size of red blood cells, platelets are your smallest blood cells. They get their name from the saucer-like shape they take when inactive.
A healing shapeshifter
In the presence of cell or tissue damage, platelets change from their smooth disc shape into their active form, sprouting long tentacles that make them look like an octopus or spider. These “arms” allow the microscopic blood cells to attach to a damaged area and begin repairs.
Growth factor strength
Platelets’ regenerative power is all down to growth factors. Blood platelets contain hundreds of growth factors and other powerful bioactive proteins that actively facilitate cell repair and tissue regeneration.
Your personal PRP serum
Before you can apply the power of your platelets to a specific health or wellness need, we must condense them into a highly concentrated serum.
The process is simple: After we draw a small amount of blood from an arm vein, we spin it in a high-velocity centrifuge machine that quickly separates the platelets and pulls them to the top of the vial, ready for immediate use.
Health and wellness benefits of PRP
Research into the potential health and wellness benefits of PRP therapy is ongoing. However, it has already proven to be an effective holistic treatment for three common concerns. PRP can help you:
1. Alleviate joint pain
PRP therapy has become the go-to remedy for many chronic joint pain issues, including osteoarthritis-related pain and stiffness, acute injuries (sprains and strains), and long-standing overuse injuries like bursitis and tendonitis.
When injected into an aching joint or its damaged supporting tissues, PRP floods the area with healing growth factors that get straight to work. Depending on the nature of your joint pain problem, PRP may:
- Stimulate stem cell activity
- Prompt blood vessel formation
- Foster connective tissue repair
- Fortify weakened ligaments
- Reduce tendon inflammation
- Repair strained muscle fibers
PRP therapy is a safe, effective, and all-natural way to accelerate healing and ease pain in achy or injured joints.
2. Reverse hair loss
The mechanisms that make PRP effective at healing joint problems and easing chronic pain also make it a highly effective hair restoration treatment. When injected into scalp areas of thinning, balding, or receding hair, PRP and its growth factors:
- Trigger intensive stem cell activity
- Ease and regulate inflammation
- Foster new blood vessel formation
- Repair existing soft tissue damage
Most importantly, PRP growth factors can help “flip the switch” on dormant hair follicles that have stopped growing hair. This encourages new hair growth while preventing further hair loss. You can use PRP as a stand-alone hair restoration treatment, or you can use it to help support and accelerate hair regrowth following a DHI hair transplant.
3. Rejuvenate aging skin
Microneedling with PRP, also known as a vampire facelift, unites collagen induction therapy (microneedling) with the skin-rejuvenating effects of PRP to minimize common signs of aging and leave you with a complexion that’s smoother, tighter, brighter, and more uniform.
With this treatment, we use a pen-like device fitted with a sterile tip of tiny needles to create collagen-stimulating microchannels across the surface of your skin.
Next, we smooth your PRP serum across the microchannels, sending growth factors into deeper dermal layers to heal and transform your skin from the inside out. This helps you attain beautiful and long-lasting facial rejuvenation results.
Natural, simple, and effective
Ready to benefit from PRP therapy? We’ve got you covered. Call or click online to schedule a visit at RVA Regenerative Wellness in Midlothian, Virginia, today.