PRP

Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics

Adrienne N. Burrows, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics located in Santa Monica, CA

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a revolutionary therapy that stimulates your body’s own natural healing to improve the health of your skin as well as reduce pain in joints. At Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics in Santa Monica, California, Adrienne Burrows, MD, offers PRP injections to help you look and feel your very best. Call the West Los Angeles area office or use the online tool to learn how PRP can promote your aesthetic and physical wellness goals.

PRP Q & A

What is PRP?

Your blood contains cells, plasma, and platelets – the factors that lead to clotting and wound healing. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a derivative of your own blood that is treated to contain a concentrated number of these platelets to boost collagen development, healing, and reduced inflammation.

At Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics, Dr. Burrows creates PRP by drawing a sample of your blood from your arm and spinning it down in a centrifuge to create a higher platelet count. This makes the PRP rich in healing factors and growth compounds. Platelet-rich plasma is versatile, providing aesthetic and pain-relief benefits.

What are the aesthetic applications of PRP?

Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics offers PRP for facial rejuvenation through injections that restore contours and plump up sunken areas. A general application of PRP can also rejuvenate your complexion, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.

If you want to improve the tone and texture of your skin without invasive surgery or lasers, PRP may be the right therapy for you. It’s all natural and involves no chemicals or medications. The procedure is done in the Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics office. Dr. Burrows applies a topical anesthetic to make it as comfortable as possible.

You benefit from having 3-6 PRP facials over a 4-6 month period. Results appear gradually as your skin develops more collagen and elastin and turns over new cells to promote a fresher, more youthful-looking complexion.

What pain relief does PRP offer?

PRP therapy can help improve a number of common joint and other issues. These include:

  • Knee arthritis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hip or back pain

When injected into a damaged joint, PRP can help connective tissue repair itself and reduces inflammation. This results in a gradual reduction of pain and return to function. Unlike steroid injections and medications that mask the pain temporarily, PRP therapy actually encourages the healing of your tissue.

Does it take a long time to recover from PRP injections?

Recovery from facial PRP therapy is minimal. You may need a day or two of downtime for the swelling and redness to reduce, but you can go back to work or other daily activity afterward if you like.

PRP injections for joint pain take several weeks or months to work. You may have some discomfort for a few days following treatment, but it’s nothing compared to the downtime necessary when you have invasive surgery.

For more about the incredible healing applications of PRP therapy for an improved complexion and pain relief, call Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics or schedule an appointment online.