Platelet Rich Plasma

What Does Platelet Rich Plasma Do In The Body?

Most people are familiar with plasma, a component of blood that helps transport nutrients, hormones, and other vital substances around the body. It also helps alleviate cell waste. However, when it comes to the types of plasma, what does platelet rich plasma do in the body?

Plasma is made up of three main components: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Some parts of plasma are richer in platelets than others, this is what is referred to as platelet rich plasma. Often, this is something created by spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate out the different components. However, platelet rich plasma can occur naturally.

Platelets–unlike red and white blood cells–are essentially colorless in the body. The main job of platelets is to aid in clotting at the site of an injury. Therefore, when an injury occurs, the body produces plasma richer in platelets to kickstart the healing process.

When injected during a cosmetic procedure, the body recognizes the increase in platelets and believes there is an injury. It sends reinforcements to repair the injury. However, with no major injury present, it instead leads to rejuvenation of the skin, hair follicles, or adds volume.

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Dr. Jonov is a specialist in cosmetic surgery, focusing on procedures for the face, breast, and body at PRP in Seattle Seattle.