One of the hardest parts about committing to cosmetic or oral/maxillofacial surgery is considering the recovery process and time. It can often take months for you to feel like yourself again and to be able to perform daily tasks and physical activity to your full capacity. Giving yourself the time and opportunity to heal is the most important part of your recovery, but how great would it be if we could speed up the process and make it easier on your body?
We are happy to say, it is possible! If you are not familiar with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments, it’s time to learn!
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is a natural healer and exactly what it sounds like: plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than exists in our bodies naturally. When you choose to be treated with PRP, your own blood will be used. After you have supplied your blood, it is taken and treated so that the concentrated plasma can be separated from red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma. The processed plasma is then PRP, which can be used for many medical procedures, but can also expedite your healing process immensely.
How does PRP affect my body?
Why does PRP help to speed up healing? PRP contains proteins and growth factors that help wounded bone and tissue to regenerate and heal much more quickly. Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is one of these elements, which can help during a dental implant procedure or jaw surgery when bone regeneration is necessary for your results. When you factor PRP into the healing of a surgical incision, the same is true. Rather than allowing your body to use its stored blood and normally-concentrated plasma to clot and heal a wound, it can be a long process. However, including PRP in the site of the wound is like bringing a group of people to help you move: more hands means the job gets done much more quickly! Plus, because PRP is rich in nutrients needed specifically for healing, they act like a professional healing crew, getting the job done effectively and swiftly!
PRP can be used for facial rejuvenation, facial injection of PRP, either alone or in combination with facial fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, it rejuvenates the skin with growth factors and improves facial lines.
PRP can be injected into any joint to help with reducing pain and discomfort and speed up healing of inflamed joints, whether for knees, hips or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
What are some benefits to choosing PRP?
When considering PRP treatments for your next surgery, it is important to know why you would go through the process or what some advantages you can expect might be:
- Safety first! Because PRP uses your own blood, you do not have to worry about foreign chemicals or healing agents being injected into your body. It is just like optimizing your blood for efficient healing!
- Fast and easy: PRP used to be exclusively offered in hospitals and in emergency situations. However, with the ease of acquiring the technology and tools needed, you can now have PRP made in your doctor’s office at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts! Your next surgery just got a little easier.
- Recovery time, accelerated: With PRP, the accuracy with which your body regenerates tissue and the speed at which you heal is tremendously improved. There is less worry about an abundance of scar tissue and more time for you to spend pain-free.
If you would like to learn more about PRP and how it can help speed the recovery of your next surgery, call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today, and learn more about Los Angeles’ favorite surgery center: 818-696-4425.