PRP or platelet Rich plasma therapy is gaining popularity day by day as it has tremendous scope of its use in variety of clinical cases. PRP was introduced in the 1950s and is currently used in multiple fields of medicine. PRP since now has been used successfully in varity of cases such as Orthopedics, Traumatology, Hair loss, Skin rejuvenation, Face lift, scars removal, erectile dysfunction (P-Shot) and vaginal tightening process(O-Shot) , non healing wounds etc. Scientists are still exploring the vast scope of PRP to use with other medical treatments available.
PRP treatments can enhance hair restoration and other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
What is platelet rich plasma?
PRP in not a drug but a product derived from our own blood. Mainly three types of cell are present in our blood red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC) and platelets. The platelets are the one which contain growth factors that can trigger cell proliferation, speed healing and stimulate tissue regeneration in the traumatized area. Platelet have stem cell like properties and they just tends to normalise the wounded areas. Some blood is drawn from your body approximately 10-30 ml only and it is centrifuged to extract platelet rich plasma from rest of the blood. Now this plasma is used as medicine for various purposes.
Is PRP treatment permanent:
Answer to this question depends upon the use of PRP treatment. If PRP is used for traumatic injuries or non healing wounds or scar treatment. The effect is permanent, once healing is complete. But in case of hair loss, skin rejuvenation , ED, or vaginal rejuvenation. The answer is no. As the body metabolism changes with time and ages you may require more frequent treatments. An yearly follow up injections are required. That also vary person to person. Ask your healthcare provider or book an appointment with us for your more queries. He will best guide you for your specific problem.
Is it safe to have PRP ?
In PRP, we use patient’s own blood for the treatment and drive their own growth factors to heal their body. Hance PRP injections are safe and can be administered alone or used in conjunction with other medicines. We examine our patients thoroughly about their health issues or any treatment they are going through before suggesting them for PRP.
What’s PRP Therapy and how you do it :
Pre PRP Instructions:
The patient should discuss with the doctor of any prescriptions or any medications the patient is using for other problems or any health issues he is facing.
It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions regarding medications that prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen or blood thinners. Acetaminophen is fine for pain killer after treatment but ask your doctor before taking it.
On the day of treatment, because PRP therapy involves drawing of blood, it is important for the patient to eat a healthy meal before the procedure. Energy drink and snacks are provide at our clinic if required or patient feels weakness. For PRP only 10-30 ml blood is sufficient, hence no need to worry about too much weakness or any medical condition.
First, the doctor will draw blood from the patient’s arm and then prepare the PRP from it.
After applying numbing cream or injecting lidocaine to numb the treatment area, the doctor carefully injects the PRP into multiple places under the skin. The platelets break down and release their growth factors, which trigger the natural processes of cell proliferation and tissue renewal.
The procedure itself takes about 30-45 minutes, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately after getting the treatment.
Post PRP instructions:
The patient should avoid washing the treatment area or using any cosmetic products over treated area for 48 hours. After that, it is all right to use hair and skin care products and continue with topical medications.
What’s the DOWNTIME after treatment :
The treatment area may be sore for two or three days, and the patient may notice some bruising or pin point blood discharge from the treatment site. But these are minimal and no medication or attention require. You health care provider will explain you the post operative instructions and post care medication if needed. Acetaminophen can help ease discomfort. In case of severe pain, the patient should notify the doctor’s office right away.
When to expect the results:
The effect of treatment is most noticeable only after at least 3-6 months. Repeated sessions may be necessary to maintain the improvement in hair & skin growth and texture.
What are the uses of PRP ?
Today PRP is used for variety of purposes like :
- Orthopedic and sports injuries to induce fast healing
- Musculoskeletal disease like tendonitis, arthritis, ligament sprains & tears
- Hair growth like androgenic alopecia also known as male or female pattern baldness
- Post hair transplant touch up shots
- Skin rejuvenation also know as vampire facial or vampire face lifts
- Scar removal
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Orgasm shot or O-Shot
- Priapus shot or P-Shot
- Erectile dysfunction
- Non healing wounds
- Stretch marks
What are Contraindications to PRP ?
- Abnormal platelet function or low platelet count
Any drawback :
Like other treatment, PRP does not have 100% cure rate of any disease it’s have been used for. Prp shows good results and about 70-90% people were satisfied with their treatment. Ask us for more detail if you have any questions.
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