PRP The Newest Fountain of Youth
Acronyms are plentiful in modern society and every profession has a unique set of its own. Plastic surgery is no different. PRP is short for Plasma Rich Platelets. Every blood component has its job. The principal job of the average American platelet is to form a clot.
PRP, the newest darling on the block is a real darling at a bargain price.
Your child scrapes his knee, comes to mommy for comfort. She applies a kiss, and perhaps a band aid. This is important work, but what goes undetected is the intelligence work underneath the skin. Without a conscious command from either the right or left side of the brain, the blood drops a blanket of platelets over the wound.
This process of the clotting is accomplished with a protein called fibrin in the platelet. While mommy is washing the cut, the fibrin is attaching an inner blanket, sealing the area off from intruders. We may think of these intruders as human malware.
An antidote to the malware is the platelet. The PRP that everyone is currently excited by is born through a simple blood draw. Then, the sample is put in a centrifuge. At the bottom of the finished product we find the packed red cells. The plasma, an opaque yellow, rises like cream to the top.
It is the white band in the middle that comprises the rich platelets. These in turn may be injected into the scalp, to soup up the growth process of the hair follicle. Or, it may be injected into the skin, promoting a youthful glow and texture.
Bribing nature in our interests has been going on for centuries.
“The plasma rich platelet is the precursor to human growth hormone, ” explained Denise DiBrito, my new best gal- pal at Numed medispa in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. I am betting that you have access to this new technology if you are in the continental US.
Growth hormone declines sharply with age. So, if we can bribe nature with a bit of precursor to human growth hormone, so the theory goes, then we shall see results.
The best part of the new technology is that it is much cheaper than anything more invasive. At this particular clinic, scalp rejuvenation is priced at $899. That is far less than a hair transplant at $7000 or more.
When used to remodel facial skin, it also is the less invasive budget-friendly answer to costly and uncomfortable chemical peels.
Keep in mind that medicine has been bribing nature for the last 100 years or so. Vaccines, first tried for the dreaded smallpox of the last few centuries, were a gamble. One simply took a weeping smallpox wound, and dredged a needle through. Then, th healthy person was scratched with the same needle and voilá, we have a vaccine.
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