Platelet Rich Plasma is one of many treatments available to reduce reducing fine lines, wrinkles, add volume, reduce dark circles, counter hair loss and counter signs of ageing. We suggest you set up a consultation to assess which treatment would be suitable in your case.

How does PRP work

To understand how it works, we need to look at the role that platelets play when the body sustains an injury or trauma. When the body sustains an injury, surgical or traumatic, it starts a chain reaction and platelets are often among the first cells on the scene to take charge along with a number of growth factors. If injury leads to bleeding the platelets will first obtain hemoestasis – ie stop the bleeding. Stopping the bleeding is not enough as the injury needs to be repaired. The platelets directly or indirectly lead to the release of various substances, signal molecules and cells that will form a vital part of further repair and healing. In normal whole blood the concentration of platelets is 150,000-400,000 platelets per microlitre of blood with an average of around 200,000 platelets/mcl.

Illustration of how PRP is prepared

When whole blood is centrifuged around 45% of the volume will settle in the bottom of the blood tube as Red Blood Cells (RBC). Above RBC we find blood plasma. Plasma is the 55% of the volume of the whole blood that is lighter in weight and therefore floats above the RBC. The plasma also contains the platelets. We thus have 100% of the platelets in 55% of the volume – which translates to x1.8 higher concentration of platelets in the plasma than in the whole blood. This could and is principally Plalet-Rich-Plasma and it could be used “as is”. However, we can obtain even higher degrees of platelet-concentrations. If the plasma (the yellowish 55% volume floating above the RBC) is separated and spinned again, then the plasma will separate further into a lower portion of plasma with most/all of the platelets called PRP and a portion of plasma above with far less platelets which is termed Platelet-POOR-Plasma or PPP. Say if 20% of the lower portion is used we’d have a PRP with nearly x5 higher concentration of platelets as compared to whole blood. With such a high concentration of “repair/healing/growth/collagen-stimulating” cells injected into a relatively small area the area gets a boost that is far beyond what the tissue would otherwise receive in normal capillary blood vessels.

There may be some discomfort associated with the injection of PRP. If a small area is being treated, for instance in the case of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis the injection is usually done without any prior local anaesthetic.

If a larger area is being treated as in hair loss or facial rejuvenation, we may apply a numbing cream or local anaesthetic to minimise the discomfort

WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS FOR USING PRP?

Is PRP painful?

There may be some discomfort associated with the injection of PRP. If a small area is being treated, for instance in the case of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis the injection is usually done without any prior local anaesthetic.

If a larger area is being treated as in hair loss or facial rejuvenation, we may apply a numbing cream or local anaesthetic to minimise the discomfort

Contraindications for PRP treatment

  • Trombocytopenia or platelet disorders
  • Anticoagulation therapy
  • Hypofribrinogenaemia
  • Systemic or local infections
  • Some other local or systemic diseases

Is a consultation required?

My Skin Clinic strongly encourages you to come for an initial consultation with one of our doctors. The doctor can assess your situation taking into account your medical history, suggest the available treatment options and set up a treatment plan.

Platelet Rich Plasma for Sexual Rejuvenation

PRP may be used in the following conditions for men

PRP treatment in men may improve libido (=sex drive), increase sexual pleasure, increase penile girth and length and improved penile blood circulation

PRP may be used for the following conditions in women

  • Aorgasmia
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
  • Urinary incontinence

PRP can improve libido, give more sexual pleasure and improve the ability to achieve climax, reduce vaginal dryness and reduce or remove dyspareunia/pain during intercourse. Keep in mind that the above conditions may be interlinked. Thus, vaginal dryness may cause pain during intercourse. The anticipation of pain may reduce libido and the pain during intercourse may lead to aorgasmia/lack of climax. Which in turn may further reduce libido. A vicious cycle is thus established which can be very hard to break out of.

In our experience the taboo surrounding sexual problems greatly impacts people’s married life and may in some cases lead to divorce or separation. A situation that can impact a great number of people, including the couple, the children and maybe an extended family. It’s a pity that we rather keep mum about these issues than deal with them.

It’s vital to mention here, that MY SKIN CLINIC strongly believes in confidentiality. A concept not fully developed or understood in Pakistan, but it has a very central role for the CEO of Dr Mohammad Mazhar Hussain, that lived in Denmark for 31 years and has received his medical training from there.

Contraindications for PRP for Sexual Rejuvenation

There are slightly more contracindications for PRP for sexual rejuvenation. As the genital area can potentially carry a number of diseases we advice caution in the following patients:

STD

UTI or if the patient is prone to develop UTI

PRP For Hair Loss

There are a number of studies and protocols of how to use PRP for hair loss. In one study PRP was carried out every two weeks for a total of 4 treatments and the hair growth was measured after 3 months. In this particular study the growth was 31% (22 hairs/cm2) after 3 months. 

Kindly check www.myhairclinic.pk for more information on how PRP is used for hair loss.