Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a regenerative treatment that uses your body’s own platelets to stimulate new tissue growth, making it an effective therapy for medical and aesthetic procedures ranging from facial rejuvenation and breast lifts to enhancing your sexual response. At YoungerMeMD, Kenneth Varano, DO, has extensive experience injecting PRP to produce optimal results. To learn more about how PRP treatments can fight the signs of aging, call the office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online.
PRP consists of plasma — the liquid part of your blood — that contains a higher number of platelets than the amount normally found in your bloodstream. Dr. Varano makes PRP in the office by drawing a sample of your blood, then processing it in a centrifuge that separates platelets and plasma from the other blood components. Then he uses the concentrated PRP in your treatment.
Platelets are rich sources of proteins called growth factors. Every time your body suffers an injury or tissues are damaged due to disease, platelets travel to the site and release their growth factors.
Once growth factors reach the damaged area, they:
Between the action of growth factors and stem cells, all the tissues you need to heal are regenerated, including blood vessels, collagen, skin, muscles, fat, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
PRP has been used for years in many types of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. It’s often applied during orthopedic surgery and injected into joints to treat arthritis, ligament tears, and cartilage damage. However, its uses extend well beyond orthopedics.
Dr. Varano uses PRP for medical and aesthetic procedures, including:
A PRP facial rejuvenation procedure restores a more youthful appearance by diminishing wrinkles, tightening skin, and smoothing away sun damage. In this treatment, Dr. Varano combines PRP with Juvéderm® XC. The dermal filler produces immediate results, while stronger, more resilient skin gradually grows in to replace old skin.
After Dr. Varano injects PRP into balding or thinning areas of your scalp, the platelets stimulate hair follicles, leading to new hair growth and thicker hair.
A PRP breast lift is a good option if you want to improve your cleavage or add volume at the top of your breasts.
The O-Shot delivers PRP to the vagina and clitoris, where it rejuvenates vaginal tissues, improves sensation during sexual intercourse, and makes it easier to orgasm. This shot can also help treat urinary incontinence.
When Dr. Varano injects PRP into specific areas of the penis, the platelets improve erectile dysfunction and help restore sexual response. A P-Shot can boost circulation, improve sensation, increase penis size, and diminish curvature in Peyronie's disease.
If you’re interested in PRP treatment, call YoungerMeMD or schedule an appointment online.