Rejuvené MD in El Paso, TX, provides aesthetic and restorative medicine using the latest technology and safest methods. One of our most popular and potent options is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP therapy. PRP has been in use for decades without ever having a serious complication, and it’s so versatile that it can help people with a long list of ailments.
At Rejuvené, we use PRP for three main purposes: skin treatments, hair restoration, and sexual health. Read on to learn more about each of these options and how PRP therapy can benefit you.
What Can PRP Therapy Do for You?
PRP can work wonders on your skin. The growth factors released by the PRP when it is applied to improve the quality of your skin on a cellular level. You’ll gain more of the important proteins that your skin needs to be healthy and strong. Lines and wrinkles fade while your complexion and appearance improve.
PRP can be applied to your entire face in the form of a PRP facial, or we can use it to tackle troublesome spots such as scars. Either way, you’re sure to see improvement in as little as a couple of days.
The PRP facial works by delivering PRP all along your face with microneedling. This technique lets us put small amounts of PRP in lots of locations to produce a uniform response. The tiny needles make for a painless experience and don’t damage your skin, while still allowing the PRP to seep into the lower layers of your skin for maximum results.
A PRP facial can be done in less than a couple of hours and its effects will begin to be visible within 48 hours. After some initial redness goes away, you’ll see remarkable results that actually improve as days go by. PRP works gradually and most patients see complete results within 2-4 weeks of treatment. The results can last for a year or more.
How does this PRP therapy benefit your skin? There are several ways, all backed up by scientific studies and numerous clinical trials that we’ll consider.
Higher Collagen Count
Everyone knows how important collagen is for your skin. The litany of skincare products that incorporate collagen is proof. However, collagen supplements don’t deliberately deposit collagen into your skin cells. With PRP, it’s possible to get your body to generate collagen where you need it.
Collagen forms a cellular matrix, essentially a scaffold for your cells. When this matrix deteriorates over time, your skin will sag and have more wrinkles. PRP triggers the production of collagen, making your skin thicker and improving the underlying structure. So your wrinkles and lines will fade and your skin will be firmer to the touch.
This has been seen in multiple clinical studies and it seems to work in every patient that has been studied. Just one PRP treatment was enough to stimulate collagen production naturally, as seen in this study.
Increase in Elastin
Collagen may get all the press and advertising, but another protein plays a critical role in your skin’s health. Elastin gives skin elasticity, which is especially important in areas that frequently flex and bend. For example, the areas around your eyes or lips have to contort quite frequently. The reason lines tend to form in these places first is that the elastin in these cells wears down with this repetitive use.
Elastin will keep your skin from sagging and reduce lines in those areas that flex often. PRP treatment will increase the amount of elastin in your skin, even with just a single treatment. One study looked at skin cells under a microscope after using PRP to confirm these benefits. Another trial used before and after photos of patients to compare the results: have a look for yourself to see what PRP can do.
Another major benefit of the PRP Facial is that it will improve your cells’ hydration. As cells age, they cannot retain water as readily as they used to. When your cells lose their water content, they shrivel up and cannot support the weight of other cells above them.
Healthy cell hydration is also important for achieving that youthful glow. When each cell is plump and full of water, light refracts between cells in a more natural way. In addition, PRP will improve your cells’ ability to exchange water, which means also removing waste products and allowing more nutrients in. A recent review of multiple PRP facial studies found that better hydration was present in every patient across the board.
Better Complexion and Tone
All of these benefits combine to enhance your skin’s complexion and tone. However, PRP goes even further by removing damaged cells and replacing them with new cells. This helps to remove blotches or blemishes from your face and evens out your skin tone. Since cells don’t decay at the same rates, PRP is like hitting a reset button that puts all your cells on the same page.
A PRP facial benefits your entire face, but what about cases where a small portion of your face is affected? With PRP spot treatments, it’s possible to address these, too.
PRP can also be used in a small area to treat a persistent problem. For example, if you have a skin ulcer or rash that persists despite other treatments, you may want to consider PRP therapy. PRP has been proven to reduce or even eliminate these conditions.
Likewise, if you have scars or pockmarks, PRP can help to remove these and rejuvenate the area. Discoloration from acne or illnesses like chickenpox can also be treated using PRP. If you have a spot that you’d like to treat, just give us a call to see what PRP can do.
Hair Restoration With PRP Therapy
PRP has also been used to fight hair loss and rejuvenate hair follicles in both men and women. Whether you have male-pattern baldness or alopecia, or simply want to improve the quality of your hair, PRP is a perfect solution. Hair loss is the direct result of damage to the follicles on your scalp. Age plays a major factor, but so does the frequent use of chemicals and hair products.
When your follicles are damaged, the hair that comes out is likewise weaker. It may be thinner, fall out more easily, or split more frequently. However, when we use PRP with microneedling, we can deliver this potent medicine straight to the follicles and rejuvenate them. Even some dead follicles may be able to come back to life using PRP.
One study examined the use of PRP to combat alopecia and found that PRP treatment was actually superior to the existing regimen of medications: minoxidil and finasteride. The treatment produced new hairs from old follicles, increasing the amount of hair by over 20%.
It is quite remarkable that PRP can be so versatile as to treat everything from skin to erectile dysfunction, but that is exactly what makes it so special. When it comes to sexual health, nothing comes close to platelet-rich plasma. Not only can it have spectacular benefits for men who are dealing with erectile dysfunction, but it can also provide women with significantly heightened sexual pleasure.
Just as PRP can replace damaged skin cells with healthy ones, it can do the same for your sex organs. PRP growth factors work on every kind of tissue, including the specialized tissues located in the penis and vagina. Especially in the latter case, PRP is a real advancement since medical science has often ignored female sexual health.
We offer two specific treatments, one for men and one for women. Both of these have been patented and tested on thousands of patients nationwide. They are completely safe and are great alternatives to other methods of improving sexual health.
We’ll start with the male version of our sexual PRP treatment. The Priapus Shot, or P-Shot as it’s more commonly known, is an erectile dysfunction treatment that targets specific parts of the penis. Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects men of all ages, not just older men. Some estimates suggest that more than half of all men experience ED.
The discovery of ED medications such as Viagra marked a turning point in ED treatment. It also did away with much of the stigma surrounding the topic. However, ED pills also have side effects that can be quite serious in some cases. On top of that, these medicines do not actually treat the underlying causes of ED.
PRP, on the other hand, rejuvenates cells and restores erectile function using your body’s natural healing system. Most patients see improvement after just one treatment, and often within 24 hours. Here’s how it works.
Restoring Penile Tissues
The corpus cavernosum is a special tissue in the penis that can absorb a large volume of blood. This is the means by which men attain an erection. However, as we age, these cells lose their ability to hold blood, much like how your skin cells hold less water as we mentioned before.
By injecting this tissue with PRP, we stimulate the production of new cells and improve your ability to get and keep an erection. The PRP injections also repair some of the nerves in the area. These nerves detect nitric oxide which signals blood vessels to dilate, a key part of the erectile system.
Like other PRP treatments, the restorative effect of PRP takes time and so you should see your results actually improve over time. Most patients see an immediate effect the very next morning, but you can expect the full results to take a few weeks. Similar to most PRP treatments, the benefits last at least a year but a follow-up treatment can produce even better results for longer.
Women’s sexual health has often been an afterthought, but the O-Shot changes that forever. Female sexual pleasure hinges on several types of cells, especially the sensitive nerve endings in and around the vaginal walls and clitoris. The specialized cells within the vagina that produce lubrication are also extremely important for a pleasurable sexual experience.
For the O-Shot, we apply PRP using microneedling to these areas after first applying a topical anesthetic to make sure the treatment is painless. The results are increased sensitivity and lubrication, which make achieving orgasm easier.
There truly is no other substitute for the O-Shot. Women of all ages can benefit from this treatment, and like other PRP treatments, a single session is usually all that is needed for great results.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you would like to know more about PRP therapy or to find out if PRP is right for your condition, call Rejuvené MD in El Paso, Texas. Our staff can explain all of our PRP therapies and schedule an appointment for you to meet with our doctors.