PRP Treatment Portland & McMinnville, Oregon

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is being used all over the world for treating injuries and revitalizing your skin for a more youthful appearance.  But what exactly is Platelet-Rich Plasma? Platelet-rich plasma, by definition, is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.  Each platelet contains hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which play an integral role in the healing of injuries.

The patient’s own blood is extracted for the procedure.  After the blood is drawn, a centrifuge is used to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells.  The PRP is then ready for use in the PRP treatment.

What is PRP Treatment?

There are many types of platelet-rich plasma treatment.  We use PRP for cosmetic treatment through a special instrument called a PRPen.  This tool uses tiny MicroNeedles to create tiny openings by which PRP is delivered to the skin, resulting in rejuvenated and healed skin that looks years younger.

Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment has been gaining major support around the world based on results seen by many professional athletes.  The PRP is used in a targeted approach at healing specific injury sites in the body.  For example, if an athlete has a knee injury that doesn’t seem to be improving, PRP will be injected at the injury site.  This results in an extra boost of healing and regeneration of the injured area, speeding up recovery time. PRP has seen significant results in treating many ailments such as nerve injury, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, cardiac muscle injury, bone repair and in oral surgery.  With continued research and clinical use, PRP treatment is expected to experience major growth in the coming years.

PRP Injections

How Does PRP Work?

After our body suffers an injury, our body activates the platelets within our blood, which then release healing proteins called growth factors.  These growth factors then accelerate the healing of the injuries within our body.

Extracting these platelets from a patient’s blood allows doctors to create platelet-rich plasma.  This plasma contains a concentration of growth factors TGF-β (increases musculoskeletal connective tissue, epidermal growth factor (stimulates connective tissue growth), PDGF (attracts stem cells for repairing the body), vascular endothelial growth factors, and fibroblast growth factor-2 (stimulates oxygen and nutrient flow). These platelets are then concentrated into a single location on the patient, the site of injury.  The body then uses the concentration of growth factors in the PRP to encourage healing of the injury.

What we do at Oregon Derma Center

At Oregon Derma Center, we provide PRP Therapy to help restore youthful skin to your face. Learn more about our PRP Therapy and Youthful Skin program, then give us a call to schedule an appointment!