What is PRP Therapy?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, therapy is a breakthrough treatment that utilizes your own natural blood platelets to stimulate collagen production in the body.
During a PRP treatment, your blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge which then spins the blood to separate the platelets. Then, the platelet-rich plasma is used to help target the treatment area.
At J. Sweat Plastic Surgery, we use PRP therapy in a number of ways, including hair restoration and PRP with microneedling.
PRP Hair Restoration
PRP can be used to help restore a fuller, thicker head of hair in men and women with thinning areas of hair. After your blood is drawn and separated, plasma is injected directly into the scalp. The growth factors and proteins contained in the platelet-rich plasma helps to stimulate hair growth for a fuller head of hair.
PRP with Microneedling
PRP can also be used to rejuvenate the complexion when combined with microneedling. During this treatment, microneedling is used to create small micro-wounds in the skin to stimulate collagen production. When PRP is applied to the skin as well, growth factors are introduced for optimal absorption. This treatment improves the appearance of acne, wrinkles and lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, large pores, and uneven skin texture.
PRP “O-Shot” and “P-Shot”
PRP has also been studied for erectile dysfunction symptoms and has been effective in men who have lost sensation, cannot reach or maintain an erection, and men who have decreased sex drive. Similarly, PRP has been used in vaginal rejuvenation in female patients, to help enhance sex drive and restore volume of the genitalia. After your blood is drawn, and separated, plasma is injected in the penis in a male patient and the most sensitive area in female patients.
Ideal Candidates for PRP Therapy
Individuals who are looking for a natural solution to hair thinning, sexual enhancement, muscle injuries, or an aging complexion can often benefit from PRP therapy. Ideal candidates will be healthy overall with realistic expectations for their results. A consultation with Dr. Sweat is the best way to determine if this treatment option is right for you.
Because PRP therapy is completely natural, there is little to no downtime needed following treatment. For most individuals, a series of PRP therapy treatments are needed to obtain optimal results, along with maintenance treatments after your PRP therapy goals are met. During your consultation with Dr. Sweat, he will create an individualized PRP treatment plan, taking into account your medical history, age, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals.