Laila Farhat, MD
Internist & Obesity Medicine Specialist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
Your body has the remarkable ability to heal itself after injuries, but the process can be a long and painful one. At Jana HealthCare in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Laila Farhat, MD, can evaluate the extent of your injury and harvest platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood to help it heal faster. It can even aid in restoring your hair growth or rejuvenating your skin. To find out if you can add PRP injections to your treatment plan, call the New York City clinic or request an appointment online today.
PRP Q & A
What is PRP?
PRP is a substance derived from your own blood containing only the liquid plasma and a high amount of platelets — the cell type responsible for clotting your blood and healing your wounds. Platelets also contain lots of growth factors that help your body repair itself and regenerate new tissues.
You can get PRP injections by themselves or alongside other treatments to speed up the repair of your tissues after an injury or to enhance your skin. If Dr. Farhat feels that PRP is an appropriate addition to your treatment plan, she’ll let you know how it can help.
How is PRP derived?
To obtain PRP to use in your treatment, Dr. Farhat begins by drawing some of your blood. The amount of blood she takes depends on what you’re treating.
Next, Dr. Farhat places your blood into a centrifuge — a specialized machine that spins. As it rotates for approximately 15 minutes, your blood’s components separate themselves into layers. She removes the layer containing a high concentration of platelets to prepare it for your injections.
What can PRP injections do?
The list of applications for PRP is expanding as the treatment grows in popularity. You can get PRP injections to:
- Help you grow your hair back
- Rejuvenate your skin
- Speed the healing of joint, tendon, and muscle injuries
- Aid in healing after surgery
- Improve functioning in arthritic joints
In short, PRP brings extra growth factors to the injected area to help you heal faster, brighten your skin, and alleviate pain. You can even say goodbye to old scars that stopped their healing process years ago.
Are PRP injections safe?
Yes, PRP injections are safe as long as an experienced and meticulous physician performs the entire process. Because the product is derived from your own body, there is very little chance that your body will reject it or overreact to the treatment.
This isn’t to say that PRP injections come with no side effects. Like other injections, you might notice some inflammation at the injection site or tissue damage. If you have concerns about the treatment, be sure to bring them up during your consultation with Dr. Farhat.
Platelets are the key to faster healing and they’re inside your blood vessels. To find out how PRP can enhance your treatment, call Jana HealthCare or book your appointment online today.