Categories: PRP4.4 min read

by Stephen Luther, M.D.


Supercharged Healing Powers of PRP, Platelet-Rich Plasma

Harnessing Your Body’s Power to Heal Itself

Your rich, life-sustaining blood carries more than nutrients and oxygen throughout your body; it is supercharged with PRP, which contains growth factors that are proven to stimulate healing. How can you take advantage of technological advancements, tap into your superpower of natural rejuvenation abilities, and slow down the appearance of aging?

Imagine a scenario where decorative Halloween pumpkins line your walkway, and suddenly you trip! Ouch, you’re feeling frightful with some brush burns on your hand. While you couldn’t see that fall coming, we can help you see what comes next by examining your body’s internal response to an injury. Discover today how you can benefit from harvesting and planting a concentration of your body’s healing power in PRP.

Remarkable Stages of Wound Healing Resulting in Rejuvenation

Our body operates with a miraculous ability to self-correct. Understanding the intricate healing process below provides insight into the natural mechanisms that drive rejuvenation.

  1. Hemostasis Phase: Immediate action is triggered by platelets, which are blood cells that swiftly converge upon wounds, such as the scratches on your hand. These platelets constrict to restrict blood flow and anchor themselves to the wound’s edges with the aid of adhesive proteins in your bloodstream. The rapid clotting effect halts minor bleeding within 10 minutes.
  2. Inflammatory Phase:The blood vessels leak transudate (water, salt, and protein), manifesting into localized inflammation that is marked as redness, heat, pain, or swelling. The fluid-filled area allows repair cells to move around the site freely. Simultaneously, white blood cells arrive and remove damaged cells and harmful bacteria and pathogens, safeguarding against infection.
  3. Proliferative Phase:Pivotal growth factors jumpstart rebuilding as additional white blood cells equip the wound with collagen, a crucial protein, and extracellular matrix. As construction begins, the disorganized collagen makes the wound thick. A soft pink or red granulation tissue is formed with a network of blood vessels laden with oxygen and vital nutrients. The wound contracts as myofibroblasts pull its edges together, and then epithelial cells diligently resurface it.
  4. Maturation or Remodeling Phase:After approximately 21 days, the wound enters the final healing steps that focus on fortifying the newly formed skin by enhancing its resilience and strength, reducing thickness, and perfecting healing. The unneeded repair cells are removed by apoptosis (a programmed death), while platelets function as chemical messengers, orchestrating the recruitment of additional cells that create collagen. Water is reabsorbed so the collagen fibers fit closer and cross link, much like scaffolding. This essential protein reinforces the wound by aligning along tension lines. Remodeling improvements may continue for up to a year.

Harvesting the Healing Potential of PRP

Because platelets in your blood contain growth factors responsible for tissue regeneration, wound healing, and collagen production, PRP therapy involves harvesting your platelets to stimulate the remarkable healing phases. Advanced regenerative research has paved the way for a rich concentration of platelets to accelerate healing in aging skin or damaged body areas. The potential results of PRP therapy range from a more vibrant complexion to a shorter healing time for injuries. Dr. Stephen Luther recommends PRP treatments to:

  • Reduce joint pain, especially in the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle;
  • Treat carpal tunnel symptoms;
  • Create a smooth, youthful facial appearance;
  • Rejuvenate breasts;
  • Treat erectile dysfunction and increase size, strength, and performance;
  • Improve female urinary issues; and
  • Enhance intimacy satisfaction for both women and men.

A consultation is the first step to assessing your goals and discussing options to meet your needs. If PRP is your ideal treatment, then your 50- to 90-minute procedure begins at Symbios Lab. Up to two ounces of blood are gently drawn from your arm and swiftly placed in our state-of-the-art centrifuge. These high-speed rotations skillfully segregate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood. With Symbios’ precise handling and meticulous processing, approximately one-quarter of your original blood sample is refined into an optimal concentration of PRP growth factors. Each treatment is completed in-house and tailored to your unique needs, with the quantity of PRP harvested different for each patient.

Planting PRP to Reap Rejuvenation

At Symbios, Dr. Luther uses an advanced approach to topical applications or injections of your freshly collected and autologous PRP that varies with each type of treatment, including:

  • PRP Facelift: Hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the cleansed and numbed skin to provide scaffolding and add volume to correct irregularities and reshape the face. A concentration of PRP is injected to stimulate stem cell activity and healing.
  • PRP Facial: This effective combination promotes PRP-enhanced wound healing. A topical application of activated PRP on the prepped skin is absorbed through microneedling. This technique creates micro-injuries and allows the PRP to penetrate deeply into the tiny channels punctured in the treatment area.
  • Hair Restoration: PRP can be injected into the scalp with microneedling to stimulate hair follicles, promoting hair growth and thickness.
  • Injections: Can help reduce pain and inflammation while promoting tissue repair or growth for numerous improvements in wellness.

PRP is an incremental journey where the transformative effects become increasingly visible with time. Multiple sessions may be advised to attain the most remarkable results. Ready to unmask the potential of PRP? Contact Symbios today at 843.738.4800 and arrange a consultation.



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