Three areas where our office uses Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) for its regenerative effects are skin, hair and perineal. PRP has been used for decades in medicine and new and exciting avenues are opening for cosmetic surgery arenas.
What is Protein Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a treatment derived from a person’s own blood platelets to enhance stimulation of your own body’s healing and regenerative potential. Its actions are by concentrating the platelets and injecting them locally, you can “supercharge” your body’s natural regenerative capacity.
Recently, micro-needling has gained popularity and widespread interest for many reasons. This skin rejuvenating technique is minimally invasive and doesn’t involve the use of chemicals. The process works to stimulate the natural repairing mechanisms of your skin to produce collagen and elastin naturally to improve your skin’s flaws. The addition of PRP to micro-needling gives you an added boost of repairing factors which enhance the effectiveness of the micro-needling.
PRP and Micro-Needling for Anti-Aging:
The fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet are all the result of the natural breaking down of collagen and elastin in our skin. With micro-needling, you can stimulate new collagen and elastin production to get a younger appearance. Combining PRP facials with micro-needling can give you a more robust and faster collagen replacement and more effective results.
PRP and Micro-Needling for Stretch Marks:
Stretch marks from puberty, weight gain/loss and pregnancy can be improved, NOT eliminated with PRP and micro-needling. The treatments can help lighten the appearance of the stretch marks and treatment can include the abdomen, thighs, shoulders, breasts and buttocks.
PRP and Micro-Needling for Skin Damage and Discoloration:
Damage from sun exposure and discoloration with patchy skin are conditions which respond well to PRP. The PRP stimulates new blood vessels in the skin that work to mobilize pigment causing deposits. When combined with micro-needling, the treatment accelerates removal of the toxins from the skin to restore a more youthful appearance.
The best candidates are patients who are otherwise healthy, with medical conditions treated and under control, and with thinning hair – not a completely bald patient. There are multiple other options for hair regeneration including, but not limited to, Propecia®, Rogaine®, homeopathic and laser treatments, Lasercap®. PRP results vary. The response to PRP in each area treated will be proportional to the health and amount of hair that can be modulated or improved.
PRP as a stand-alone treatment, we estimate about a 30% increase in hair density. As a stand- alone treatment it would need to be repeated every other month to maintain your results. ACell (Extra Cellular Matrix) is a product which when combined with PRP can prolong increased hair density for 12-24 months.
Before considering PRP for hair restoration, you need to ensure that medical conditions which are felt to promote hair loss are under control before proceeding. For example, scalp conditions like rash or infection, hormone imbalance, thyroid issues, chemotherapy-induced hair loss and alopecia areata.
With normal aging and natural hormone shifts, women may experience issues with vaginal dryness, itching, and painful intercourse. Multiple modalities including CO 2 lasers and radio frequency technologies have been developed to improve dryness and inflammation. Localized PRP injections have been demonstrated to stimulate regional stem cells to rejuvenate vaginal tissues. The process takes about 30 minutes with little to no discomfort. Results occur within a few days with maximal effect at 3 months.