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What Is Platelet Poor Plasma?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

At PRP In Seattle, we deal exclusively with platelet rich plasma. However, platelet rich plasma is only one component of plasma and blood as a whole. In comparison to platelet rich plasma, there is also platelet poor plasma. Let’s take a look at, “What is platelet poor plasma?”

Platelet poor plasma is essentially plasma with a low platelet count. This is in contrast to platelet rich plasma which is plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets help the blood clot and serve important functions within the blood. While PRP is used more in the medical and aesthetic fields, platelet poor plasma does also have a few indications. 

Like how platelet rich plasma can aid in the healing of soft tissue injuries, platelet poor plasma also can help with certain muscle injuries as well as arthritis. It works similarly to platelet rich plasma, but does not come with the same inflammatory response that platelet rich plasma sometimes does. For patients who experience this, platelet poor plasma may help. This is also true in some cases of hair restoration.

To schedule an appointment and learn more about platelet rich plasma, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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How Is Platelet Rich Plasma Made?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is a substance found in our blood. PRP contributes to wound healing and clotting. Due to its function in the healing process, platelet rich plasma contains many proteins and nutrients that offer benefits to the skin, hair, and body. At PRP In Seattle, we use PRP to supercharge the healing process and stimulate collagen production. If PRP is in our blood, how is platelet rich plasma made?

When you undergo a procedure with PRP, the appointment will start with drawing your blood. Only a small amount of blood is needed to garner enough blood for the treatment. After drawn, your provider will place it into a specialized centrifuge. This centrifuge spins the blood quickly to separate the components. 

The spinning process takes approximately 20 minutes. During this time, your provider will otherwise prepare for treatment. They may apply numbing cream or cleanse the treatment areas based on the PRP procedure. 

Once finished spinning, three distinct layers can be seen in the vial. Red blood cells sit at the bottom and take up the majority of the vial. At the top, a yellow substance which is platelet poor plasma. In the middle, a yellow-orange liquid is observed. This is the platelet rich plasma. Your provider will extract the platelet rich plasma and commence with treatment.

To schedule a consultation at PRP In Seattle, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also contact us online via chat or contact form.