There is plenty of buzz surrounding platelet-rich plasma. Better known as PRP, it is composed of growth factors produced naturally by the body and is derived from a patient’s own blood.
Plasma is the liquid component of the blood. It is made mostly of water and proteins and allows red and white blood cells as well as platelets to circulate throughout the body. Platelets are responsible for causing the blood to clot and are an important part of the natural healing process. After the blood is drawn, the platelets are separated before being and injected into areas that are targeted for treatment.
When used therapeutically, PRP’s growth factors effectively increase the number of reparative cells and promote healing. This therapy has been used for decades to boost healing as part of dental, orthopedic, and plastic surgery procedures. It is also playing an increasingly important role in men’s wellness. Board-certified physician Dr. Jerry Lewis of Superior T, a testosterone and wellness center in Frisco, TX, details several conditions commonly experienced by male patients that can be improved with PRP therapy treatments.
PRP for hair loss
Hair loss is not only embarrassing, but it also may damage one’s self-esteem. It is estimated that about 50 million men in the U.S. suffer from male-pattern baldness. An incurable autoimmune disease called alopecia is also frequently responsible for mild to severe hair loss on the head and other areas of the body. In some cases, a complete loss of hair is experienced.
PRP therapy may be used as an alternative to surgical hair transplants to help regrow hair. It is especially beneficial for Frisco, TX patients whose hair loss is caused by unknown factors, is due to an autoimmune disease, or who have a family history of alopecia. It usually is most effective for men whose hair loss is recent. Following a complete scalp examination and other tests, board-certified medical physician Dr. Lewis at Superior T will be able to diagnose a condition like alopecia or other causes of hair loss and devise a PRP-based treatment plan designed to stimulate the hair follicles. As with all PRP treatments used to address a variety of conditions, a patient’s own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. It is then injected into areas on the scalp where the hair is thinning or absent. The platelet’s growth factors boost the number of reparative cells in these targeted areas while the plasma prompts the scalp to heal rapidly around the hair follicles.
PRP for low testosterone (low T)
As men age, testosterone levels decline. It may be surprising to learn that an estimated one out of every 10 men experience issues related to sexual dysfunction. This can cause personal relationships to suffer and self-confidence levels to plummet. Available at Superior T in Frisco, TX, the Priapus Shot can be used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Better known as the P-Shot, this regenerative therapy relies on PRP injections to stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which may include the growth of tissue and development of blood vessels that can improve blood flow and circulation within the penis.
Men in various stages of life may be good candidates for the P-Shot, including those who experience ED, have a low sex drive, struggle with reduced penile sensitivity, or have difficulty maintaining an erection. Those whose sexual performance is compromised by an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, diabetes, or other conditions that cause diminished blood flow to the penis also may benefit from the P-Shot. PRP is non-allergenic and cannot be rejected by the body making it unusual for Frisco-area patients to experience any side effects. When administering the P-Shot, a pair of sites on the organ are numbed before receiving the injections, which take about 30 minutes to complete.
Following a P-Shot treatment, most patients can expect to experience better blood flow to the penis as well as an increase in sensitivity, improved sexual stamina, stronger and more firm erections, and additional penile length and girth. These improvements can last for up to 18 months following treatment. An additional P-Shot injection session may be scheduled 4-8 weeks later to further enhance the performance of the PRP growth factors as well as penile blood flow.
PRP for joint pain
Is that old college football injury in your knee acting up? Does your shoulder ache each time you play tennis? Do you suffer from painful arthritis flare-ups? Regenerative PRP injections may be able to help. Chronic joint pain is a common condition that can seriously impact normal movement and the performance of daily activities. About one-third of all adults report experiencing some type of joint pain every day, usually in the knees, shoulders, ankles, feet or hips. The growth factors found in platelets stimulate cell growth as well as the formation of blood vessels which help the body to heal. By injecting PRP into the joints, it is possible to reduce pain and stiffness as well as repair cartilage that has been damaged.
Once relieved of joint discomfort, it is possible for some Frisco patients to resume their favorite activities soon after receiving PRP injections. In most cases, patients notice reduced swelling, pain, and discomfort in the joints that were treated. The optimal results of PRP therapy usually can be experienced within several weeks of treatment. Regular maintenance treatments performed by a board-certified medical professional like Dr. Lewis at Superior T can work to keep patients’ pain at bay so that they may be able to forgo invasive joint replacement surgery.
PRP for skin rejuvenation
The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and other facial blemishes can also be improved when PRP therapy is paired with microneedling treatments. This popular cosmetic procedure peppers the face with small punctures, which sends the body into repair mode by stimulating collagen production. Once the punctures are made, a PRP serum is applied to the skin and allowed to absorb. Growth factors from the platelets work to enhance the body’s restorative efforts. Microneedling with PRP is ideal for male patients who struggle with age spots, sun damage, dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and other conditions. Once the skin has had several weeks to repair and heal itself, your restored complexion should be noticeably improved.
Men in Frisco, TX can benefit greatly from the benefits of PRP therapy for a number of conditions that impact their daily health and well-being. If you think PRP may be a solution to certain issues or conditions that are disrupting your life, schedule a consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Jerry Lewis at Superior T to learn how these transformative treatments can have you looking and feeling your best once again.