During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
It has been used by famous athletes including Tiger Woods to help with more rapid healing from injuries including sprains and chronic tendon injuries. It has also been used in race horses, in dentistry, and in surgery to help improve the healing process.
Other uses for PRP are now available - including correcting incontinence, rejuvenation of the skin, stimulating hair re-growth, and restoring lift and fullness to breasts.
PRP for Stress Incontinence - the O Shot
Many women lose urine when laughing, coughing, or exercising. This is called stress incontinence, and is caused by a weakening of the pelvic sphincter muscles due to the effects of childbirth or aging.
Until now we did not have good solutions, other than wearing a pad or having surgery. The O-Shot has been a game changer in managing incontinence - it is non-invasive, simple, fast and relatively inexpensive, with virtually no risks.
It starts with a simple blood draw. Using a proprietary technique, the platelets are separated and the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), containing growth factors, is extracted. The PRP is injected into an area adjacent to the urethra. The area is numbed prior to the procedure, so there is little to no discomfort.
The O-Shot activates stem cells in the localized region and these tissues are able to regenerate and improve their strength and ability to prevent urine flow. In many cases, the incontinence may be completely resolved. We have had patients who had been able to cancel surgery for their incontinence .
PRP for Skin rejuvenation - the Vampire Facelift
With age, your skin changes. The color becomes more gray because of less blood flow, the shape of the face collapses as muscle and collagen decrease, and the skin texture becomes less smooth. As a result, you look worn and tired.
The Vampire Facelift offers a way of both restoring shape, and improving tone and texture, as well as literally rejuvenating new and younger tissue!
The procedure involves using fillers such as Juvederm to restore shape followed by injecting growth factors (PRP) into the skin to help restore color and texture along with enhancing a normal shape. The PRP activates stem cells in your skin to grow new collage, new fatty tissue (for smoothness) and new blood vessels (for a healthy glow). The effects of the procedure improve for 2-3 months and last for at least 1 to 2 years.
PRP for hair regrowth
Did you know that 40 percent of Americans with hair loss are women? Hair loss can effect our self image, and in some cases can be very devastating to emotional health.
While restoring hormone balance and nutritional status can help in some cases, it is not always enough. PRP may be a good choice for women (and men!) with chronic hair thinning.
The application of PRP stimulates the hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing thicker, darker hairs with better scalp coverage.
First, your blood is drawn and then specially processed to produce the PRP. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the scalp treatment area. The PRP is then administered via a series of tiny injections in the required areas of the scalp or in areas such as the eyebrows or beard. Additional growth factors are then applied topically.
New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 5-8 months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment. The addition of Laser Therapy (LaserCap) can enhance the outcome.
I am really excited about offering PRP to our patients. This treatment honors the body’s intelligence and ability to heal itself, it does not disrupt hormone balance, does not contain chemicals, and offers great results.