Understanding PRP Therapy Through Terms
The terms thrown around for cosmetic procedures can be difficult to understand, especially if it is your first time receiving a particular service. The same thing can be said for platelet rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy. This procedure is known to create incredible improvements with hair growth, skin tone and appearance, and libido. The following terms are frequently used when reviewing PRP therapy:
PRP is frequently used for hair restoration after someone as begun to notice hair thinning. Hair loss can frequently be associated by a change in hormones, especially as we age. Androgenic alopecia is a term we use to describe this specific type of hair loss. This form of alopecia can occur in men and women but on different parts of the scalp. Additional forms of alopecia are: postpartum, occurring after childbirth; trauma-induced, typically observed as hair pulling; and autoimmune. Getting PRP therapy at early stages of alopecia is recommended.
Many treatments are designed to reduce inflammation of the skin. PRP therapy is also a great treatment to help with anti-inflammation. This occurs by reducing prostaglandin production in the skin that frequently causes inflammation. Inflammation is also a leading cause for hair loss; by reducing the inflammation on the scalp can help with your thinning hair. PRP treats the root of the problem in hair loss, literally.
PRP therapy works by injecting platelet rich plasma directly into the treated area. This is done by separating the plasma in a blood collection drawn from the patient. Red blood cells are separated in a vial spun on a centrifuge. This total process called centrifugation is necessary for the incredible results we often see. Platelet poor plasma is discarded to ensure only platelet rich plasma is used for your procedure.
PRP therapy also works by increasing the collagen production in our skin. Collagen is what makes our skin soft, but its production swiftly drops when we reach our 20s. PRP therapy will produce undo this with collagen building. The platelets used for PRP therapy allow growth factors to do their job. We ensure collagen building is seen with your PRP therapy.
As shown, growth factors are necessary to help with renewed collagen production in your skin. Specifically, growth factors are the proteins used in PRP therapy to promote healing and growth. The platelets in PRP therapy release natural growth factors that will construct new skin and hair cells and boost circulation.
Many women may experience a drop in sensitivity during intercourse after they have gone through childbirth, menopause, or chemotherapy. These women may no longer experience as many orgasms, putting a damper on their sexual activity. PRP therapy is able to renew blood flow to the clitoris with what we call an Orgasm Shot or O-Shot. Additional benefits of the O-Shot also include vaginal tightening, lubrication, and sensitivity.
The main component needed for a successful PRP treatment is platelet rich plasma. But the term platelet itself can be difficult to understand without additional information. Platelets are fragments of cells that can repair wounds and clot the blood. They are typically created within our bone marrow but can be separated from red blood cells with a centrifuge. Platelets are required to create the growth factors previously shown. They are needed for healthy blood vessels that are required for PRP therapy.
When going through a PRP treatment, you will be most interested in understanding the many benefits it can have on your health. We are always excited to discuss PRP results with our patients to help them understand what they can expect. PRP therapy requires several rounds of treatment to begin noticing consistent results. Individuals who undergo PRP therapy for hair growth can start to notice results after three treatments. Follow-up treatments every six months will continue to show wanted results. Women will also benefit from having follow-up treatments every six months for the O-Shot. When receiving PRP therapy with microneedling the results last a bit longer up to a year. Initial therapy requires up to four treatments approximately six weeks apart.
The safety of our patients will always be our top priority. The term PRP therapy relates to the overall safety of the procedure. The training of our team is second to none. Each of our physicians have completed numerous PRP treatments with great success. Cosmetic offices must ensure microneedling pens used in PRP therapy are never reused. Multiple vials and needles can be used for a single procedure and need to be disposed of appropriately.
PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. The procedure uses the body’s repair mechanisms and repairs them back to working condition. We will ensure every patient will understand these frequently used terms during their initial consultation for PRP therapy. Contact us for more information.