Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr and The Main Line of Philadelphia, PA
The body has natural regenerative capabilities. The medical community has been aware of this for many years and has developed ways to work with the body’s healing tendencies in areas such as sports medicine, dentistry, and orthopedics. Now, regenerative medicine techniques such as the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are being used in plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine. Here at Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer the benefits of PRP to patients of our Philadelphia, PA office and surrounding areas.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is a product found in your blood, which makes it ideal for regenerative use. One of the roles of PRP is to heal wounds such as cuts or scratches. It works by flooding injuries with a substantial concentration of growth factors. The regenerating cells in PRP include connective tissue and fibroblast growth factors, vascular epithelial growth factors, and insulin-like growth factors. The variety of all growth factors is meaningful because each involves itself in reducing inflammation, regenerating blood vessels, remodeling tissue, and proliferating cells.
How is PRP collected?
We obtain PRP with a quick and easy blood draw, in a sterile vial, which then placed into a centrifuge machine. This spins the vial at a high enough speed to cause red blood cells to separate from the clear, nutrient-dense plasma.
Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma
The benefits of PRP lie in the growth factors that aid in tissue regeneration. When the product is inserted into the superficial dermis, it stimulates fibroblasts to produce an abundance of collagen. Collagen is the protein that constructs the foundation for firmer, smoother skin.
The fact that platelet-rich plasma is an organic blood product affords people of all skin tones and types to obtain the rejuvenating effects of PRP treatments. There is no risk of an allergic reaction to one’s own cells and virtually no risk of cross-contamination during processing.
How is PRP used with Microneedling?
Microneedling with PRP is a convenient treatment for reducing numerous signs of aging simultaneously. Treatment is conducted on the skin that has been cleaned and treated with a topical anesthetic. After the skin has become desensitized, a handheld microneedling device is passed over one treatment area at a time. After microchannels have been created, PRP is applied directly over the epidermis. The process continues to adjacent tissue until the entire face has been treated. Microneedling with PRP can also be performed on the neck, chest, and other areas of the body.
How is Microneedling with PRP different than regular microneedling?
Microneedling is an effective method of collagen induction on its own. However, the application of platelet-rich plasma, with all of its growth factors and vascularization effects, enhances the outcome of a single treatment.
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How is PRP used for vaginal rejuvenation?
When PRP is introduced into any human tissue, it stimulates regeneration on a cellular level. Vaginal rejuvenation using PRP can help a woman improve sexual well-being by:
- Stimulating tissue-firming collagen in the vaginal lining
- Decreasing the deflation of the labia minora
- Increasing vaginal lubrication
- Stimulating the numerous nerves in the vaginal area, resulting in the improved orgasmic capability
- Enhancing clitoral stimulation
- Improving vaginal elasticity and moisture for significantly greater comfort during sexual intercourse
Treatment is conducted in our office after a local anesthetic has been applied. After obtaining PRP through a standard blood draw, the nutrient-rich substance is injected in the area of the clitoris and vagina. Patients may feel a slight pinching and warming sensation during treatment. Most do not describe this as painful. After the PRP shot, patients can drive themselves home and resume normal activities right away.
How does PRP restore hair?
Hair loss is a frustrating problem for which scientists have spent years researching solutions. Platelet-rich plasma is a viable treatment option that does not require surgery or downtime. When the substance is introduced to the scalp via injections or microneedling with PRP, the numerous growth factors in plasma stimulate activity in poorly-functioning hair follicles. Over time, this results in thicker, longer, and stronger hair.
Is PRP a permanent solution to hair loss?
PRP stimulates hair follicles to become more active in the growth process over time. However, these follicles may decrease in functionality once again. To support long-term consistency in hair growth, periodic PRP treatments may be needed. The stimulating effects of PRP treatment may also be enhanced with the use of other hair growth methods, such as Rogaine.
How many PRP treatments are needed to see results?
PRP begins regenerating tissue the moment it is absorbed. The number of treatments needed to achieve the desired outcome may differ from one person to another based on the severity of the existing problem. In general:
- Three PRP treatments are needed to boost hair growth, followed by periodic touch-ups.
- One microneedling with PRP treatment can achieve noticeable results for mild to moderate skin aging and photodamage. Treatment may be repeated every few months to support ongoing collagen production.
- One PRP vaginal rejuvenation treatment can achieve dramatic results. Additional treatments may be performed to further enhance tissue tightening and rejuvenation.
Is PRP extraction painful?
The blood draw performed in the office is no different than a standard blood draw that takes place during a routine physical. A slight poke or pinch may be felt upon insertion of the small needle.
Is any downtime needed after PRP extraction or injection?
No downtime is needed to recover from PRP treatments. Patients treated for hair loss are advised to avoid chemicals such as hair color products for 72 hours after their procedure.
Are there any risks to PRP injections?
There are very few, very low risks of getting PRP treatments of any kind. The substance injected or applied comes from our own blood. Therefore, your body will not react adversely to it. Treatment processes are conducted in the clinical setting using properly sterilized equipment, thereby virtually eliminating the risk of contamination that may lead to skin irritation or infection.