by Chrissie Seals, WHNP, Salud Spa
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used for injuries, hair loss, erectile dysfunction and several other applications in men. It also can be used with other modalities like shockwave therapy for better results.
WHAT IS INSIDE THE PRP & HOW DOES IT HELP?
Completed research in orthopedics, dentistry, sexual health and therapeutic health is well documented. The seven known growth factors in PRP are platelet-derived growth factor aa (PDGFaa), PDGFbb, PDGFab, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-b1), TGF-b2, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and epithelial growth factor (EGF).
These are native growth factors in their biologically determined ratios. Insurance does not cover most treatments with PRP, which requires an investment in your health.
Treatments are not always beneficial to all patients, and some patients don’t respond. PRP works in restorative medicine but doesn’t always take on immediate effects. PRP effects may not be realized for three to 12 months but continue to improve over time.
It is essential to be patient and expect to see results for improvement.
The importance of regeneration of tissues and growth factors leads to turning back the clock and, many times, preventing surgery. PRP acts on healing capable cells to increase their numbers (mitogenesis) and stimulate vascular ingrowth (angiogenesis). PRP will increase new blood flow to tissues, which stimulates growth.
In conclusion, PRP shows results, but results vary by patient. The addition of nonsurgical modalities has been shown to improve and assist healing and recovery. It has become much more common and efficient since its inception.
We will continue research and find ways to use PRP and improve men’s health. PRP is an option to prolong or even occasionally prevent surgical interventions. It is something to talk to your provider about and see if you are a good fit for treatment.