Speed Your Healing With Our Cutting-Edge PRP Therapy

Speed Your Healing With Our Cutting-Edge PRP Therapy

Advanced technology has made surgical procedures less invasive and more precise, but no matter which type of surgery you’ve had, your body still takes time to heal.

Fortunately, you have what it takes to speed up that process, and that power is stored inside your own blood supply. 

By tapping into that resource through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, our team of medical experts at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands can get you out of recovery and back to normal quickly and with less pain. Here’s how it works.

What’s in your blood?

Your blood transports nutrients and oxygen, fights off infection, regulates your body temperature, forms clots, and ushers waste products to your kidneys and liver. There are four primary elements in your blood, including:

Plasma

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood. It contains proteins, sugar, fat, salt, and of course, water. 

Red blood cells

Accounting for about 45% of your blood’s volume, red blood cells get their bright color from hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen. 

White blood cells 

White blood cells only make up about 1% of your total blood volume. About half of your white blood cells are called neutrophil cells, which are short-lived cells that respond to pathogens quickly and then die.

The rest are lymphocytes — specifically, T lymphocytes, which attack tumors, and B lymphocytes, which attack bacteria and viruses.

Platelets

Platelets are pieces of cells that facilitate blood clotting. When platelets arrive at the scene of an injury, they stick to the damaged blood vessels in the area and create a foundation for the coagulation process. As your body heals, it builds new tissue upon this scaffolding.

The power of platelets

When you nick yourself shaving or experience a traumatic accident, your blood rushes to the scene, carrying antibodies, oxygen, and nutrients to ward off infection. But it’s the platelets that begin the healing process. 

If you were to see them in action, you’d witness something that looks like the birth and growth of a squid or octopus forming long tentacles to cover the wound and stop the bleeding.

The reason PRP therapy is such a powerful treatment for healing injuries is because it contains more than 30 different growth factors. Several of these powerhouse elements are found in PRP, including:

Plasma with a high concentration of platelets and these growth factors can significantly speed up the healing process. 

Are you a candidate for PRP?

We use PRP in a variety of applications. When you sustain soft-tissue damage due to an injury or surgical procedure, PRP injected into the site can promote faster healing and reduce inflammation and pain. We may recommend it as part of recovery after:

And because PRP also contains bone morphogenic protein, we can also use this ground-breaking treatment for:

Although the science behind PRP is complicated, the procedure is simple. All we need is a sample of blood from your arm, which feels just like any other routine blood draw. 

We spin your sample at high speed in a centrifuge to separate the components of your blood and render the highly concentrated serum of platelets and growth factors. Finally, we inject that solution into your injured tissue and let the platelets go to work.

PRP is completely safe since it is derived from your own blood, and the benefits include faster healing, reduced pain and inflammation, and less time recovering from your accident or surgery.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for PRP, schedule a consultation with our team by calling our friendly staff or requesting an appointment using our online form. Our office is located in the Woodlands, Texas.

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