Robert B. Lanter, DO
Physiatrist & Orthopaedic Specialist located in Oceanside, NY & Long Beach, NY
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses your body’s natural ability to accelerate healing, rebuild tissues, and alleviate pain, making it an exceptional treatment for a wide range of injuries and cosmetic concerns. Robert B. Lanter, DO, uses platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat musculoskeletal conditions, hair loss, and rejuvenate aging skin. To learn more about PRP or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Oceanside or Long Beach, New York, or use the online booking feature today.
PRP Therapy Q&A
What is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP contains concentrated platelets mixed with plasma. Both components come from your blood. Plasma is the liquid part, while platelets are cells that contain proteins called growth factors.
The team draws a blood sample and processes it in a device that separates the platelets and plasma. Your provider injects the platelet-rich plasma into your skin, where it helps to decrease inflammation, improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and stimulate the cells to produce collagen.
How does PRP promote healing?
When you’re injured or develop a disease, naturally occurring platelets in your bloodstream travel to the damaged area, where they release growth factors that activate the healing response in your surrounding cells.
Growth factors also:
- Accelerate healing
- Regulate inflammation
- Recruit stem cells to the area
- Stimulate the growth of new blood vessels
- Build a matrix that supports new tissues
When you get PRP therapy, the concentrated platelets in your treatment do their natural job: They send out growth factors that heal your damaged tissues. This healing cascade lasts up to six weeks.
What types of injuries does PRP therapy treat?
The team often uses PRP to treat sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. With two to three injections, you could see a dramatic return of function or pain relief in two to three months.
A few of the most common problems that improve with PRP therapy include:
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee ligament injuries
- Muscle and tendon tears
PRP is especially beneficial for severe injuries, slow-healing wounds, and inflammatory conditions. Your provider might also recommend PRP therapy if your injury affects tissues that don’t have a good blood supply.
What cosmetic problems improve with PRP therapy?
The skilled team at Robert B. Lanter, DO, offers facial rejuvenation and hair restoration using PRP therapy:
Facial rejuvenation with PRP
Injecting or infusing PRP under your skin promotes collagen production and the growth of new blood vessels and other tissues that keep your skin strong and healthy. As a result, you gain tighter, better-toned skin, and fine lines and wrinkles become less visible.
Your facial treatment may begin with microneedling, a technique that makes tiny, controlled punctures in your skin. The wounds trigger collagen production and create openings that allow PRP to infuse into your skin.
Restore hair loss with PRP
PRP is an effective treatment for male-pattern and female-pattern baldness. Your provider injects PRP into the balding or thinning areas of your scalp. As PRP goes into the hair follicle, it stimulates new hair growth, increases hair thickness, and can slow down hair loss. For the best results, you receive four treatments, once a month, and then a yearly maintenance treatment.
If you would like to learn more about PRP therapy, call Robert B. Lanter, DO, or schedule an appointment online today.