You’ve probably been hearing a lot about PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy lately. Maybe you saw it in a commercial or an ad for something, but you weren’t quite sure exactly what it was. In this article we’ll go over what it is, the uses, lasting effects and how it can benefit you.
What is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)?
In recent years scientists have come to understand more about how the body heals itself. Platelet-rich plasma is a form of regenerative therapy that harnesses the power of natural growth factors found in the blood to heal damaged tissue.
Where does it come from?
Plasma is the liquid portions, made up of water and proteins, of whole blood. Platelets, known as thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause clotting and support the body’s natural healing abilities. Activating these platelets accelerate the body’s natural healing process by regenerating the tissues in injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
What is the process of extraction?
The PRP process is done by taking one or a few tubes of blood from the patient, and then running that blood through a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the platelet-poor plasma and the rest of the red blood cells. This action concentrates the platelets and then this plasma is injected back into the body in the areas where tissue has been damaged. Growth factors are released into the blood stream increasing the number of your body’s own natural reparative cells. A technician may also use ultrasound imaging to guide the injection of the PRP to the affected areas.
What are the benefits of PRP?
PRP therapy can be used to treat a variety of damaged of injured cells including torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, and joint injuries. Recently doctors and plastic surgeons have been using PRP therapy for facial regenerative uses, such as to stimulate hair growth on the scalp, wound healing, and scar removal on the face, crinkling of the skin around and under the eyes (crow’s feet), on the jawline and neck, wrinkle removal on the backs of the hands and arms, on the chest and along the décolletage and any other part of the body.
Does PRP therapy help collagen?
A clinical study concluded that PRP, as well as micro-needling (mesotherapy technique), increased dermal collagen levels and rejuvenated damaged skin caused by factors such as aging, sun exposure, and acne. Visit our Medi-Spa page for more information.
PRP increases dermal collagen levels not only by growth factors, but also by skin needling (the mesotherapy technique ‘point by point’). PRP application could be considered as an effective (even a single application) and safety procedure for facial skin rejuvenation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5125953/
How long does it last?
PRP therapy is not a permanent treatment. The body is constantly changing, cells die and are reborn. However, the treatment usually lasts from 6 to 18 months with the longest recorded treatment lasting up to 2 years. It is advised that patients undergo follow-up treatments every year depending on area treated and intensity of damage experienced.
What is the PRP ”X-Shot”?
X marks the spot for this type of PRP therapy. The X-Shot or “Sex-Shot” is a simple nonsurgical procedure that uses growth factors everyone has in their body to enhance and stimulate sexual arousal and pleasure. It’s useful for both men and women.
X-shot for Men
The PRP in the X-Shot improves blood flow to the penis resulting in stronger, longer, and more sustainable erections. It’s especially helpful for men suffering from ED (erectile dysfunction) and studies have shown that it is helpful for men suffering from prostate issues as well. The results of the X-Shot for men who have received the PRP injection are almost immediate, and some have gone home and been better lovers that same night! Although noticeable increases in size could take a few weeks.
The X-Shot is a simple in-office procedure that usually takes about 30 minutes with little or no downtime. The beauty of using PRP blood from your own body is that there are little to no known side effects, it’s coming from you, so your body doesn’t treat it as foreign.
The injection is given to areas of the penis that are most important to sexual arousal and erectile function. Before the injection is given a local anesthetic is used to allow the shot to be completely painless. After the shot a brief follow-up visit is generally recommended 30 days after the initial procedure. At this time you may choose to have a second injection, but that depends on your results and the opinion of your Nurse Practitioner.
X-shot for Women
The PRP in the X-Shot uses growth factors each woman has in her own body to stimulate vaginal and clitoral rejuvenation to activate the Orgasm System. Female sexual dysfunction is not a small problem. 50% of women experience some degree of low libido and dysfunction. This simple in-office procedure triggers the platelets to release seven different growth factors that then activate the unipotent stem cells located in the vaginal and clitoral tissues to regenerate and become “younger’ with improved functional potential.
While each woman’s experience is different many patients report:
- Greater arousal from clitoral stimulation
- Younger, smoother skin of the vulva (lips of the vagina)
- A tighter introitus (vaginal opening)
- Stronger orgasm, more frequent orgasms
- Increased sexual desire, increased ability to have an orgasm, increased natural lubrication
- Decreased pain for those suffering from dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Decreased or resolved urinary incontinence (both urge and stress problems)
Platelet-rich plasma offers a simple and effective solution to female urinary incontinence Let the power of emerging regenerative medical procedures work for you to solve this progressive condition. For more information about PRP Platelet-rich plasma therapy schedule your consultation today! Call 912-964-CARE or 912-964-2273