You remember platelets, don’t you? Those cells in science class that clot your injuries when you start to bleed? Aside from that, they don’t really do much, other than clotting your blood, but they are starting to find other uses in medicine.
What we do know about them is how they clot your blood. When a wound is formed on your skin, your platelets start sending out signals to other platelets nearby, before they begin to attach to the edges of your wound. As more platelets come and attach to those platelets, they form a plug that prevents any more blood from leaking out and forming a blood clot. They then begin to repair the wound over time.
Platelets have also been used during surgeries and other types of operations, where either platelet poor plasma or platelet rich plasma is injected into the body. This is often called either PPP surgery or PPR surgery, depending on the type used.
Uses in medicine
People who have low platelet counts often require a transfusion of platelets before the operation begins. They aren’t hemophiliacs, but if they do require a platelet transfusion it is often because they are at risk for bleeding post-surgery. While it is still a new operation, there are some benefits to the ppp treatments.
Platelets, while not fighters themselves, can bind to white blood cells and help with the destruction of bacterial cells. Plus, they also can help reduce inflammation. So, some people use platelet-rich plasma to deal with inflammation, arthritis, and osteoarthritis. They inject the plasma into the skin and then wait for the swelling to be mediated.
Uses in Cosmetic Surgery
Injecting platelet-rich plasma into your face can also have cosmetic benefits since platelets can expand during the clotting progress, that property is used to improve the appearance of skin. During PRP surgery, the blood of the patient is used the platelets are taken out. Then they are injected back into the skin of the face and left to expand.
The expansion smooths out wrinkles, removes blemishes, and deals with scars, leaving you with a smoother and younger looking face. It’s even been used to treat male and female pattern baldness, with some pretty good results and hair regrowth.
Keeping things cautious
The benefits and drawbacks of using platelets in surgery are still very much up for debate. The studies need to be tested and controlled, as right now there really isn’t much of a standardized and agreed upon idea of what the platelets do and how they should be used in medicine.
So, while the use of platelets shows a lot of promise in both the medical and cosmetic fields, it’s still a new operation and should be treated with care, as we don’t know all the side effects or any potential negatives.
Still, the positives of the operation are the positives, and if you think PPP or PRP surgery is right for you, then it could do a lot for your body.