The healing power of blood: Platelet-rich plasma therapy enhances recovery times

Platelet Rich Plasma Reduces Recovery TimeUse of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a growing trend to help people recover from certain types of surgeries and injuries more quickly.

Dr. Ross Clevens contributed to a feature article in FL Today entitled “The healing power of blood: Platelet-rich plasma therapy enhances recovery times.”Fl Today visited the surgical center where Dr. Ross Clevens, a noted-expert and seasoned injector of PRP, performed an upper and lower Blepharoplasty surgery with peri-orbital resurfacing and platelet healing gel.

Superstars such as Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant supposedly used PRP to get their stellar bodies back in action and Angelina Jolie is said to have depended on it to erase fine lines threatening her aging face.  These celebrities, like many patients treated at Clevens Face and Body Specialists depend on platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as protein-rich plasma or PRP.

Using somewhat of a “patient, heal thyself” approach, PRP focuses on the patient’s own blood to enhance and speed the healing process. It works by increasing tissue regeneration, collagen, bone density and new blood cells, while decreasing inflammation.

Because the plasma is so concentrated, it also acts as wound sealant, decreasing the need for dressings and drains and reducing the incidence of hematomas and seromas.

PRP is harvested by spinning a vial of a patient’s blood in a centrifuge to separate the blood into layers. The plasma-rich layer, with its concentrated growth factors that are responsible for quicker healing, is isolated and injected back into the patient. An anti-coagulant is added to the initial blood draw and an activator used just before injection.

The process typically involves a blood draw of two teaspoons of blood from the patient and a five-minute processing time in the centrifuge. Dr. Ross Clevens has used PRP in more than 5,000 cases and finds that PRP can be beneficial on everything from facelift and eyelid surgery to skin cancer reconstructive surgery and rhinoplasty.

Clevens Face and Body Specialists use PRP in all procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical such as laser rejuvenation procedures, fat transfers, live fill, skin tightening and even with facials.

This method speeds recovery, reduces bruising, minimizes swelling and reduces discomfort following facial cosmetic surgery by up to 40 percent. In our experience, nearly 100 percent of patients who undergo reconstructive surgery, skin cancer surgery or rhinoplasty surgery benefit from PRP.

The versatile PRP, like Botox and Latisse, has also crossed over from conventional medicine into the world of aesthetics. Clevens Face and Body Specialists also incorporate the use of PRP with lasers and injectables such as Juvederm and Restylane to create enhanced, longer-lasting results.

PRP rejuvenates the skin to create a more youthful glow.  As a rejuvenation technique, PRP, sometimes referred to as a “vampire lift,” uses the concentrated platelets of the patient’s own blood to repair damaged or aging skin, resulting in brighter, plumper skin with little downtime. The therapy works very well in sites such as under the skin under the eyes, lip lines, neck, chest hands, upper arms, and is particularly attractive to patients who have allergic reactions or fear of fillers. The results can last up to two years. This process is changing the way many plastic surgical procedures are performed.

Because it involves the patient’s own blood, complications tend to be minimal.  There is no risk of allergy or disease transmission.

Read more at: Florida Today