PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedures from our plastic surgeon and the experienced aesthetic professionals here at Shaw Plastic Surgery allow us to harness the powerful healing potential that exists in the patient’s own blood. When we have an injury, platelets are delivered to that area to begin the healing process. Platelets provide as many as 70 different growth factors and healing agents to improve blood supply and begin building collagen.
PRP has been used for many years in other medical fields, such as orthopedic surgery and reconstructive surgery. PRP treatments can greatly reduce the amount of time an athlete will be off the field after an injury. This natural process, using your own blood, can now be applied to improve the signs of aging and sun damage on the face, neck, and practically anywhere else.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH PRP? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
PRP can be utilized in a number of areas and offers a variety of benefits. This treatment can:
- Improve skin texture
- Minimize signs of crow’s feet and creases around the lower eyelids
- Rejuvenate lips, smile lines, and nasolabial folds
- Improve or eliminate acne scars
- Improve areas of uneven pigmentation or melasma
- Be combined with microneedling, H/A dermal fillers (like JUVÉDERM®), and BOTOX® Cosmetic
- Be boosted with additional potent growth factor products for some treatments
In addition to the face, PRP can be used nearly anywhere, including:
- Neck and decolléte
- Back of hands for signs of aging
- Areas of thinning hair in both men and women
- Wrinkling around the knees and elbows
- Existing scars and stretch marks
- Areas of cellulite
PRP for Urinary Incontinence
In addition to the many skin rejuvenation benefits that can result from PRP therapy, platelet-rich plasma has also shown to be effective for addressing functional concerns such as urinary incontinence. Many individuals who have urinary incontinence typically experience a leakage of urine when they laugh, sneeze, or cough, while others may suffer a total loss of bladder control. Targeted PRP therapy may be an option for patients with this condition.
Urinary incontinence essentially falls under two categories: “stress incontinence” and “urge incontinence.” Stress incontinence is typically the term used to describe a small amount of urine leakage whenever increasing pressure to the abdomen is taking place. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, and other normal expressions in one’s day-to-day life may trigger its occurrence. Stress incontinence can develop when the urethra and/or structures that provide support to the pelvis are not functioning in the way they should. Urge incontinence is the term generally ascribed to the condition when it appears to be caused by an overactive bladder. Muscle contractions in the area may produce spontaneous urine leakage before one has time to visit a bathroom.
A treatment with PRP for urinary incontinence basically involves a shot of platelet-rich plasma directly into the tissues surrounding the urethra. PRP’s natural growth factors can encourage the production of cells and tissue repair for bladder regions and the urethra itself, which can ultimately address both the cause of the problem as well as the symptom. Many patients experience quick results from this in-office procedure.
We understand that even just discussion of urinary incontinence can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, but it is important to note that this condition is very common and there are treatment options available. Dr. Shaw can meet with you for a confidential consultation to talk about your concerns and determine whether PRP therapy may be ideal for your needs.
PRP treatments are done in the office using topical anesthetic. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and the blood is then processed using a centrifuge. This spinning separates the platelets and growth factors from the rest of the blood. Once this PRP is obtained, it can be injected into the treatment area using a very small needle, or it can be inserted into the skin as part of the microneedling procedure.
The process typically takes 30 to 60 minutes and there is little or no recovery time. The exception is when treating the lower eyelids, which are more prone to a small amount of bruising or swelling.
Most patients will start with 2 or 3 treatments one or two months apart. Collagen continues to build for about 3 months after treatment. Results will last for 1 to 2 years depending on the patient and the area treated. Often patients will return for re-treatment before the results have fully disappeared.