The line between medicine and aesthetics is getting increasingly blurred as doctors find ways to use treatments and tools that extend beyond their traditional purposes. For example, Botox® is not just for wrinkles anymore. It’s now FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines. And facial fillers are now being used to elevate sunken scars.
Now, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which has been used for years in pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, orthopedics, and plastic surgery, is starting to have a big impact in aesthetics. In this blog, Scott Callahan, PA-C, of Dolce Vida Med Spa explains the basics of PRP therapy and how this natural treatment can enhance your confidence and wellness.
PRP therapy basics
Your blood is a specialized fluid that has five main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, water, plasma, and palettes. Each of these components has a job to do. Palettes are charged with helping your blood clot, which you may be familiar with. But palettes are also changed with distributing growth factors, which help strengthen and heal tissue.
During a PRP treatment, some of your blood is drawn. Then it’s placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components in your blood. The resulting platelet serum — which has 6-10 times more growth factors than regular blood — is then injected into the areas that need healing and regeneration.
At Dolce Vida Med Spa, we have found a number of applications where platelet-rich plasma can enhance aesthetic treatments.
A PRP facial combines a traditional microneedling treatment with the benefits of PRP. Microneedling is already designed to stimulate and revitalize collagen production to add volume and smoothness to the face.
During treatment, the PRP serum is slathered on your face before the microneedling. This ensures that extra growth factors will get into your skin with each prick of the microneedles. Patients often see results within three weeks, and the effects of a treatment can last up to six months.
PRP for hair growth
PRP therapy can help men and women who struggle with hair loss. PRP injections are administered to targeted areas of the scalp and immediately go to work by increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, and using growth factors to stimulate the hair follicles. A 2019 analysis found that injections of PRP reduced hair loss and increased the diameter of hairs and the density of hair growth.
PRP for sexual health
Sexual health is one of the quickest-growing markets for PRP therapy, where it’s seen as a safe and viable option for improving intimate health. At Dolce Vida Med Spa, we’ve seen both men and women benefit from PRP treatments, which can increase sensitivity and circulation, trigger new tissue growth, and restore sexual fulfillment.
Do you want to see if PRP therapy can work for your aesthetic goals? Learn more by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Dolce Vida Med Spa today.