Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Due to high cost, the use of PRP was once confined to the hospital setting. PRP therapy is designed to speed the healing and recovery process after surgery, as well as allow patients who need to more quickly grow more bone for bone grafting or cleft lip and palate procedures. New technology now allows doctors to harvest a greater quantity of platelets from the patient, which has lowered the cost and made it readily available.
Ohio facial surgeon Dr. Faisal Quereshy recommends the use platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to accelerate bone growth in patients who require bone grafting for dental implants or cleft lip and palate repair.
PRP therapy is popular and frequently used on celebrities who can’t afford significant downtime after injury, and the treatment can also be used to expedite the healing process for patients who have had cosmetic or oral surgery.
PRP therapy involves extracting platelet cells from your blood, enriching your plasma with them and then injecting the plasma into the body area that requires accelerated tissue healing or bone growth.
Platelet cells contain growth factors that naturally encourage bone and tissue growth, and when injected in concentrated doses as with PRP therapy, platelets stimulate new growth and regeneration more quickly.
A small amount of your blood will be removed through an IV and placed in a PRP centrifuge. It takes about 15 minutes for platelet cells to be separated out and prepared for PRP injections. The entire procedure, including preparation and PRP injection recovery, is 1-2 hours.
To facilitate tissue and bone growth, PRP must be mixed with your natural tissue or bone, respectively, in order to speed its growth. Alternatively, synthetic bone or tissue products may also be used to stimulate growth using PRP injections.
PRP therapy does not itself require much of a recovery period, as having blood drawn and administering PRP injections is minimally invasive and does not require anesthesia or downtime. However, downtime and activity restrictions associated with the bone growth, wound healing or tissue growth you are attempting to achieve via PRP injection therapy will probably be necessary.
Dr. Quereshy will make sure you are well informed before undergoing platelet-rich plasma injections and provide you with necessary pre- and post-procedure care instructions designed to address your unique situation.
The Visage Surgical Institute is located in Medina, Ohio and serves local patients as well as those from the greater Cleveland and Akron metro areas. For more information about treatments with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy, please call (330) 721-2323.