PRP (PLATELET-RICH PLASMA)
What is it?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is an autologous transfer of the platelet-rich portion of the plasma to an area of need. Autologous means your own, so the plasma comes from a sample of your blood.
Why is PRP important?
Platelets play a key role in the body’s natural healing process. Therefore, placing platelets directly in the area where we have lost what was once there may heal the area and possibly restore what was lost, whether it be hair, collagen, urinary continence or sexual function, to name a few.
For example, say you get a paper cut on your finger. The skin in the area is compromised and blood is pooling to the surface. At this point, platelets rush to the area and clot the blood to stop the bleeding. The platelets release chemicals that attract growth factors to the site and scan for infection. The growth factors cause cell proliferation and tissue regeneration.
How is the process completed?
*Approximately 20mL (4 teaspoons) of blood is drawn out of your arm.
*A specifically designed centrifuge is used to spin the blood separating the red blood cells from the plasma.
*The platelet-rich portion of the plasma is extracted.
*Our numbing procedures are completed based off of what PRP procedure is being completed.
*The area is cleaned and we inject the platelet-rich plasma in the area.
When should I get this done?
No specific age or time is required to get this done for any of the types of PRP procedures available. It depends on what your goals and symptoms are. Setting up a consultation with our PRP provider will be important as she will review your medical history and will help you determine if PRP is right for you.
O-shot®/Orgasm shot® – Vaginal Rejuvenation
PRP is used in the vaginal area to rejuvenate urinary and sexual function. For symptoms related to urinary incontinence due to child birth, PRP may help restore function in the area and possibly alleviate urinary incontinence issues. For symptoms of sexual dysfunction including dryness, low libido, decreased or no orgasms, painful intercourse, undesirable cosmetic appearance and decreased sensation, PRP may possibly restore you to the best sexual function you’ve ever had. This, less than one hour, procedure is usually only needed one time to alleviate your symptoms and is considered to produce little to no pain at any point of the procedure. Injections would take place after topical, cryo-, and local anesthesia. PRP injection sites typically include the clitoris and vaginal walls.
P-shot®/Priapus shot® – Penile Rejuvenation
PRP is used in the penile area for sexual and cosmetic rejuvenation. Whether is be for erectile dysfunction, scarring, crooked appearance or Peyronie’s disease, PRP has beneficial factors that may alleviate symptoms and correct the shape. The procedure is usually needed one time and takes approximately one hour to complete. Anesthesia may include both topical and local. PRP injections typically include the penile head and specific parts of the shaft.
Vampire Facial® and Vampire Facelift® – Facial Rejuvenation
There is potential benefit to using PRP in the structures of the face to restore volume and elasticity in areas of lost volume related to aging. There is also potential benefit in cases of acne scarring. PRP in the face has it’s greatest potential when used in 3 cycles, with a separation of one month each. Micro-needling and HA dermal filler are often coupled with the procedure for maximal benefit. The procedure takes place after topical anesthesia and lasts typically less than one hour.
Thinning hair is a huge concern to those who experience it. There are many reasons for thinning hair and the reasons lead to various solutions. When certain conditions are ruled out, PRP may be the best choice to restore the growth and thickness of your hair. This procedure is suited for causes of hair thinning in both male and female. Hair restoration with PRP has no benefit when completed in areas of complete baldness due to lack of blood supply to the hair follicles in that area. It is best to start treatment as soon as thinning is apparent.
PRP hair restoration is usually coupled with at-home therapy and micro-needling. It should occur in at least 3 sessions, one month apart. Further PRP sessions are likely needed as this may help restore the hair to the area but does not usually fix the problem that has caused the hair to thin. Usually further PRP treatments occur at a rate of one every 3-6 months. Both topical and local anesthesia are usually applied and the procedure, in whole, takes approximately one hour.