Are you among the eight million people who have a wound? If so, you may know a slow-healing wound can cause infection, pain, and depression. Platelet-rich plasma is a safe and all-natural way to regenerate damaged tissues and expedite healing.
No one wants to get hurt, but unfortunately, accidents happen. Injuries, like wounds, create big hurdles to overcome physically and mentally. Wounds are one of the most common injuries, with 8.2 million people experiencing wounds in 2018.
Whether your wound occurred from injury or a medical condition, it’s essential to take care of it to avoid infection. Infection occurs when bacteria enter the wound — and if not treated, the infection can run through your blood to other parts of your body.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses your blood and your body’s natural healing properties to expedite the wound-healing process. Andrew Martin, MSN-FNP-C and his team at Southern Secrets Medical Spa offer PRP to patients in Conroe, Texas to regenerate healthy skin tissue and avoid infection.
How PRP treatment works
Your blood is composed of liquids and solids. The liquid part, also known as plasma, is responsible for nearly half of your blood. The solid part contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Platelets are red blood cells that aid your body in forming blood clots and other vital healing functions. As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma uses only plasma and platelets because of their miraculous healing powers in regenerating tissues.
PRP can be used to heal injuries like:
- Pressure injuries
- Radiation wounds
When you come in for PRP, Andrew takes a blood sample from your arm and spins it on a centrifuge to separate its components. Then, he prepares the platelet-rich plasma sample and injects it directly into your wound.
Enhancing the four stages of wound healing
PRP effectively accelerates wound healing in four critical stages.
1. Wound inflammation
The first stage of wound healing entails inflammation as your body reacts when injured blood vessels leak and cause swelling. PRP decreases the inflammatory response by promoting faster healing.
Angiogenesis describes the formation of new blood vessels, which allows the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your body’s tissues. PRP significantly promotes angiogenesis by improving granulation tissue and quicker absorption — offering a faster healing rate and eliminating scar tissue.
3. Wound contraction
The third stage of the healing process, called wound contraction, refers to reducing the size of tissues damaged and the amount that needs repairing. The distance of the wounds in the PRP study group showed shorter wound size and also suggested that PRP may provide a good setting for tissue remodeling.
Re-epithelialization is the final wound healing stage and describes the resurfacing of skin to protect the wound from environmental factors. PRP significantly increased the thickness and length of skin after an injury to promote healthy skin repair.
Is PRP right for me?
All wounds start as acute injuries. But sometimes our bodies can’t properly heal them and the wound lasts longer than expected. Chronic wounds describe injuries that have failed to heal and don’t show a significant improvement in healing for 30 days.
Ulcers are one of the most common types of chronic wounds. If you have an ulcer or chronic wound, PRP is a great option to help speed the healing process to reduce pain. You may be a good candidate for PRP if you:
- Are in good health
- Have a wound that isn’t healing
- Don’t have a blood disease
- Want to expedite your healing
- Have realistic expectations
Most PRP treatments take about an hour and the results gradually appear 2-6 weeks after.
Safe, all-natural treatment
The key to living a long, healthy life is by treating your body with the best care. You can feel confident undergoing PRP because it’s a safe and all-natural treatment. PRP uses your body’s immune system to encourage a faster healing response.
Since it uses your blood, you don’t have to worry about adverse reactions or feeling poorly from treatment. There is zero chance to have an allergy or immune reaction to treatment. PRP has a great track record with extremely minimal complications.
Take the faster road to healing your wound today. Call 832-925-3702 to schedule your PRP consultation or book online.