It can be difficult to understand all of the terms being thrown around when looking into a procedure with which you’re not familiar. Let us handle the hard work when it comes to understanding Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures we offer. PRP therapy is a great way to improve your skin tone and appearance, thinning hair, and even libido. Here are some common terms used for PRP therapy:
As mentioned, PRP can help take care of your hair loss. More specifically, it can help treat androgenic alopecia, which is hair loss that is hormonally driven. It can occur in both men and women and impacts certain parts of the scalp depending on gender. Alopecia can develop into three types: postpartum alopecia seen after childbirth, trauma induced alopecia (hair pulling), and autoimmune alopecia. PRP can help treat these three areas of alopecia when done at early stages.
While you have probably heard the term “anti-inflammation” before, it may not have been related to PRP therapy. In this scenario, PRP can help reduce the production of prostaglandins that are known to cause inflammation. This can be crucial in treating thinning hair as hair loss can be the result of scalp inflammation. PRP will literally address the root of the problem.
In order to separate the plasma from the collected blood sample, it needs to go through a process known as centrifugation. This term describes how the blood cells are separated in a centrifuge vial. Without this process, PRP therapy would not be what it is today. Any plasma that is platelet poor will be discarded while the platelet rich plasma will be used for your procedure.
Collagen, a protein, makes your skin soft and supple. Production of collagen begins to drop in your 20s. PRP therapy will help reinvigorate your collagen production by using growth factors found in blood platelets. Collagen building is a great side effect of PRP therapy that you should look forward to.
A general but frequently used term in PRP therapy is growth factor. This term is used to help describe how symptoms of PRP therapy can be observed. These growth factors can include new skin or hair cell construction, a boost of collage proteins, or improved circulation in your blood vessels.
After childbirth, chemotherapy, or menopause, women may experience reduced sensitivity in the front wall of their vagina. This reduced sensitivity can impact your ability to experience orgasm. PRP therapy can help treat this by increasing the blood flow in the clitoris with an “O-Shot.” This form of PRP therapy can also help to increase vaginal lubrication, tightness, and sensitivity.
Perhaps the most commonly used term for PRP therapy is platelet. It is important to understand what a platelet is to better understand the actual procedure. Platelets are cell fragments that are created in our bone marrow and clot to help repair wounds. Platelets can also create growth factors that are specifically used for PRP therapy. These growth factors are critical in the development of our blood vessels that create the healing process of PRP therapy.
One key term that will be especially important to your treatment is PRP results. Whenever an individual undergoes PRP therapy, they are looking for results that no other procedure can provide. Most patients will see observable results with PRP therapy for hair growth in three treatments that are spaced out approximately one month apart. After this first round of treatments, individuals can continue follow-up procedures once every six months apart. Women receiving the O-Shot can also get follow-up treatments every six months. Patients receiving PRP therapy with microneedling can see consistent results for six months up to a full year. The initial round of treatment recommends up to four treatments every six weeks.
We make sure our patients remain safe throughout their entire PRP therapy routine. PRP safety refers to the overall training and experience our physicians have for the procedure. PRP therapy requires close guidance as several vials and needles are used. Microneedling pens can never be reused and need to be disposed of properly. Physicians also need to understand common side effects such as mild discomfort and swelling that will fade within a few days.
When describing PRP therapy, we often refer to it as a form of regenerative medicine. The procedure works by stimulating our body’s repair mechanisms back to normal functioning. PRP therapy can even make parts of the body that we thought were done working properly grow again. Understanding all of the terms associated with PRP therapy can be difficult, so let our experienced physicians help you during your initial consultation. Contact us today!