PRP and SCP: Your Stem Cell Stimulating Treatments
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and the newer, more powerful version SCP (Super Concentrated Platelets) are treatments that use your own blood component, platelets. Platelets contain powerful growth factors which, when released can stimulate the stem cells contained in your tissues, thus resulting in powerful healing and rejuvenating effects. Because of this ability to stimulate healing and rejuvenation, PRP and SCP are used for a variety of conditions, such as:
- Arthritis, Sports injuries, Tendonitis and tendon injuries
- Stimulating stem cells as in hair re-growth
- In conjunction with other cosmetic procedures for reversing age-related changes in skin, joints, or wherever collagen and tissue generation may be beneficial
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced by separating blood fractions by centrifugation. PRP can be used as is, or it can be further separated into Super Concentrated Platelets (SCP), and Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP). PPP can be further processed to make Autologous Bio-gel Filler, a dermal filler custom-produced from patient’s own plasma.
Preparation of PRP
Of course, all the benefits of PRP come from the growth factors released by the activated platelets and not the plasma in which the platelets are suspended. So, why not just purify the platelets, re-suspend them in sterile physiological saline, and use them in pure, activated form? This is exactly what Super Concentrated Platelet Therapy (SCPT) refers to. SCPT uses pure platelets with no interference from other plasma components.