PRP in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is popular for its use in treating hair loss. At Fairbanks Med Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, we also offer PRP to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Several studies have shown that PRP is effective in speeding up the healing of ligaments and tendons.
The introduction of PRP in sports medicine has many benefits. Many people suffer from chronic pain and limitations due to imperfect healing. With PRP at our medical spa, we can help you return to your normal level of functioning before the injury.
What Is PRP?
At our med spa in Rancho Santa Fe, we have patients who are familiar with PRP because they’ve heard about one of its other uses and patients who never heard the term before. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma.
Our blood consists of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and clotting factors in plasma. PRP is platelets and plasma without other blood elements. We use the patient’s blood in his or her treatments. We draw blood then put it in a machine that separates other elements and only gives us PRP.
PRP can then be injected back. It’s used in dental surgery, treating hair loss, and in sports injuries.
What to Expect
The entire procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes. After injecting PRP into the affected area, we recommend icing it and resting for about three days to maximize healing and limit swelling. Most patients get back to their normal level of activity within a week. Full healing, however, can take months.
At Fairbanks Med Spa, we like to go a step further for our patients and their safety. That’s why we inject PRP under ultrasound guidance. Instead of going in blind, we use an ultrasound to see what we’re injecting. Injecting under ultrasound guidance is associated with better results and fewer side effects.
PRP has shown to be effective in treating multiple sports injuries like Tennis and Golfer’s elbows. It’s also useful in treating tendon, muscle, and ligaments tears. Even those with knee osteoarthritis might benefit from PRP.