Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Kits
PRP Kits contain the necessary items for the preparation of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) from whole blood. The process involves the collection of whole blood, separation of the blood components to obtain the platelet-rich layer, and subsequent extraction for administration into target areas.
PRP is a concentrate of platelet cells, growth factors and cytokines derived from the patient, harvested from a whole blood sample. This blood fraction contains many tissue regenerative properties that help increase and improve wound healing when administered to tissues that require repair and regeneration.
PRP Kits are used to easily and rapidly obtain PRP from patients for subsequent treatment. These kits are preferable to non-kit methods as results are more consistent in purity since the kits facilitate the complete separation of other blood components. It is also preferable in terms of quality since it acquires the desired platelet count (the benchmark for therapeutic PRP is a PRP platelet count of 1 million/µl).
PRP therapy has many applications in fields as diverse as trauma, sports medicine and dermatology due to its ability to accelerate the healing process and regenerate damaged tissue. Indications include soft tissue repair, bone healing, and cosmetic rejuvenation, among others.
Areas of use
PRP therapy is typically performed in multiple injection sessions that can range from two to ten sessions, usually spaced in seven to ten intervals, depending on the application it is being used for.
A typical PRP treatment produces effects that can last for up to 18 months, depending on the patient’s skin condition and application of treatment.
PRP kits extract PRP from the patient’s own blood. The procedure begins with the collection of a predetermined volume of blood, usually around 10ml, through venipuncture. When the tube containing the blood sample is centrifuged, the blood separates into distinct layers each containing different elements of blood. The desired layer of platelet concentrates is extracted and transferred to a syringe, ready to be administered to the patient.
PRP can be administrated in many ways, according to its therapeutic indication. When used for facial rejuvenation, PRP is administrated superficially into the dermis using a 30G needle. Suitable injection techniques include the cross-hatching, linear thread or fan technique. PRP may also be administered, like mesotherapy, in microinjections with a 32G needle across the treatment area.
PRP injections can be used to help accelerate healing and enhance the results of aesthetic procedures. For instance, PRP therapy has been demonstrated to reduce swelling and prolong the effects of dermal filler treatment.
Usually, PRP injections take no longer than half an hour to administer. A treatment session encompasses collection and extraction of PRP from a sample of the patient’s blood, followed by administration through injection.
PRP Kits harvest PRP using different methods, and can be divided into two groups based on this characteristic:
Plasmolifting: The Plasmolifting protocol uses a thixotropic gel in special blood collection tubes to separate and isolate PRP from intravenous blood. Plasmolifting supplies ready to use kits and associated equipment necessary to perform the Plasmolifting method, including: