Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have been used for years in orthopedics and dermatology for treating injured areas of tissue. Platelet-rich plasma consists of plasma, or the liquid part of the blood, and platelets, which are a type of blood cell that plays a vital role in healing within the body.
Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than usual to trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the targeted area.
When used in the vaginal area, PRP can improve the following conditions:
- Difficulty becoming aroused
- Trouble reaching orgasm
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary incontinence
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Healthy women who are seeking a non-surgical solution to vaginal atrophy can often benefit from PRP injections. Individuals with certain blood and bleeding disorders are not candidates for this treatment. For more information regarding this treatment and candidacy, patients are advised to schedule a consultation.
The PRP treatment is a multi-step process. First, a tube of a patient’s blood are taken and placed into a machine called a centrifuge. This machine will spin the blood to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. These activated platelets are then placed into a syringe and injected into the targeted body area. The PRP will promote collagen and elastin production inside the vagina and around the clitoris, leading to easier stimulation, improved vaginal hydration, and more. The entire treatment process typically takes about one hour to complete.
There is no downtime required following PRP injections, however, mild redness, swelling, or numbness may occur for the first couple of days. An immediate increase in the volume of the vaginal tissues will take place, leading to noticeable results with time. The formation of new collagen and elastin leads to skin thickening and tightening for about 14 months. In order to maintain results, patients should undergo a touch-up treatment about a year after their initial treatment.
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Patients who are interested in learning more about PRP for restoring vaginal health should contact the Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today. The first step toward treatment is to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our skilled providers to discuss medical history and personal goals.
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma is the part of the blood that rises to the top when blood is spun in a centrifuge.
How long has PRP been in use?
PRP has been used in orthopedics and dental procedures for over thirty years.
Who is a candidate for PRP?
Any woman experiencing vaginal dryness, a lack of vaginal sensation, or has a vaginal skin condition such as lichen sclerosis is a candidate.
Who is not a candidate for PRP?
Very elderly women in poor health would not be ideal candidates.
How long does PRP treatment take?
PRP administration takes between 10 and 15 minutes to perform.
How many PRP treatments are needed? How long does PRP last?
One PRP treatment should last one year or more.
What is the success rate for PRP?
The success rate for PRP is over 90 percent.
What are side effects of PRP?
There can be temporary discomfort at the site of administration.
Can PRP be used with any other therapies?
Yes. PRP can enhance the benefits of MonaLisa touch and ThermiVA therapies.
How soon will I see results after PRP treatment?
The results of PRP should be immediately noticeable and continue to improve with time.
Will my partner notice a difference after PRP?
Yes. Your partner should notice a difference in vaginal tightness and elasticity.
What should I expect after PRP treatment?
There is no downtime following PRP treatment. You may experience mild redness, swelling, and numbness, but other than that, you can go about your daily routine.
TOBY F. HANDLER,
Dr. Handler practices and specializes in female incontinence and pelvic floor reconstruction. She is Director of Female Urology in the Department of Urology at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Handler has over 20 years of experience and has recently focused on female sexual health and finding treatments for all women who have vaginal pain and sexual dysfunction.Learn More
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