Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy from Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine is a regenerative treatment for healing soft tissue injury and joint pain. It is all natural and obtained from your own blood.
When used for aesthetic purposes, it helps to shorten the healing time by stimulating your body’s natural healing process. Call us for a consultation at 858-876-1300.
Platelet Rich Therapy Q&A
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment that uses your own body’s healing components to relieve pain by promoting long-lasting healing of musculoskeletal problems. PRP is made from your own blood.
A small amount of blood is drawn from you and then placed into a centrifuge to separate the blood into its many components. When the process is complete, the platelet-rich plasma contains a lot more platelets than blood typically contains as well as concentrated healing factors such as growth factors.
The PRP is then injected into the problem area to enhance healing.
PRP therapy may be used to promote healing and pain relief in a range of orthopedic conditions, including:
Acute ligament injuries
Acute muscle injuries
Chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow
Rotator cuff injuries
Hip tendon injuries including “trochanteric bursitis”
Achilles tendon injuries
Patellar tendon injuries
Knee degeneration or “arthritis”
Dr. Fontaine uses ultrasound guidance to place the PRP precisely while treating the issues listed above.
PRP “supercharges” your body’s natural healing process by signaling the stem cells and other regenerative cells to repair the damaged tissue. This healing process continues for weeks to months following the procedure.
While other soft tissue and joint injury treatments, such as corticosteroid injections, may provide temporary relief and stop inflammation, PRP injections actually help heal the injured tissue over time.
This treatment is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing. Patients can expect to see a significant improvement over weeks to months with treatment for musculoskeletal injuries.
Yes, PRP therapy can be used along with other treatments, especially laser skin resurfacing. PRP helps shorten the recovery time by promoting healing. If other treatments haven’t provided your full desired results, talk to Dr. Fontaine about adding PRP therapy to the mix.
If you do gain weight, you will typically gain it spread throughout your body, not localized to the treatment area.
All natural, from your own blood
Speeds up and promotes healing
Minimal to no downtime
Fewer side effects compared to steroid injection or surgery
Minimal risk factors as PRP comes from the patient
*Individual results may vary.
“I’ve been a patient of Dr. Fontaine’s for over 10 years. He has always taken the time in every appointment to be thorough, engaged and compassionate. Although he had been treating me for spine issue, when I spoke about chronic elbow pain I had been dealing with, he quickly changed focus, asked questions and explained a treatment option, PRP injection. Dr. Fontaine explained that the process could actually “heal” the condition rather then just treat the pain. He scheduled me in quickly. The day of the procedure he walked me through every step with patience, honestly explaining what I could expect, and answering all of my questions. He even took extra time to show me on the ultrasound exactly what was wrong with my elbow. The process took a little over an hour. Within 6 weeks I was completely pain free! That was almost two years ago. I have not had to re-strict my use and I am still completely pain free!”