Male Clinic USA of Pasadena, California is excited to tell you about a breakthrough in medical science: platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, treatment. This groundbreaking outpatient treatment has already found dozens of applications. We are proud to offer it at Male Clinic USA.
PRP has revolutionized the way we fight aging as it rejuvenates parts of the body like never before. But are you a candidate for this ground-breaking treatment?
What Is PRP?
PRP is the abbreviation for platelet-rich plasma. To better understand what this even is, let’s review what’s flowing through your veins. Your blood consists of four key components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
Removing the red and white blood cells leaves nothing but platelets and plasma. Platelets have special properties that activate when they are concentrated in a single area.
This platelet rich plasma can be injected into your body. The tissue surrounding the injection will then be revitalized.
Better still, the process for making PRP is actually quite simple and can be done in minutes. The techniques used are simple and require little specialized training. The results are excellent.
How Is PRP Made?
If you’ve ever donated platelets or plasma, then you’ve already seen most of the PRP process. To produce PRP, a needle is inserted into a vein in your arm with a tube connected to a centrifuge. The centrifuge takes blood out of your body and spins it at high speeds.
Spinning a fluid separates it into its component parts. Essentially, the centrifuge splits your blood into the four components and keeps only the two we want: platelets and plasma.
When the separation is complete, the machine returns the unused red and white blood cells back to your body. The process is repeated until there is enough PRP for the treatment.
One major advantage of PRP is that it does not require any donor material. Receiving a transplant or an infusion always carries higher risks. This means that PRP is one of the safest treatments available.
How Does PRP Work?
Once PRP has been harvested from your blood, we collect it into a syringe and inject it back into your body. The catch is that instead of simply putting it back in your bloodstream, we apply it directly to the problem area. The results can be astounding.
The key ingredient in PRP is the platelets. Normally we think of these as having one job: forming blood clots. Although that is their main task, and a very important one, they also have a few other crucial roles.
The Power of Platelets
Platelets send signals to other cells to repair wounds. For example, if you cut yourself while working in the yard, the platelets join up and secrete enzymes that make your blood clot. As blood flow slows down, those same platelets will release “platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), which tells the cells around the wound to replicate and close it up.
Platelets can also tell white blood cells to clean up debris or damaged cells that are in the wound. Essentially, platelets are like foremen on a job site, telling everyone what needs to get done.
Platelets and Aging
Unlike a sudden injury, the damage of aging is subtle. It never triggers our bodies’ repair mechanisms. PRP is capable of doing precisely that.
Injecting PRP into a part of the body signals the cells in that area to rebuild and reconstruct damaged tissues. Muscles can become stronger and more agile. Skin rejuvenates and glows again.
Platelets and Sports
PRP has been rapidly adopted by athletes as well. High-profile players in both the NBA and NFL have received PRP treatment. Its use is also on the rise in rehabilitative medicine.
At Male Clinic USA, we offer two distinct PRP treatments. One is for hair restoration, and the other for erectile dysfunction. A brief summary of both services follows.
PRP Treatment for Hair Restoration
Thinning hair or balding areas can be troubling for many men. While genetics and lifestyle choices are factors in hair loss, aging remains the number one culprit. Most men assume that once hair loss begins, there is no way back without complex surgeries and expensive procedures.
PRP changes that by providing a non-invasive alternative treatment to hair restoration surgery. Hair follicles that have gone dormant due to aging can be stimulated by the PRP to grow anew.
After Dr. Myers determines if PRP treatment is a viable option for your hair loss, we will set a date for the treatment. Multiple treatments may be necessary depending on how well your hair responds. Results will vary, but most patients find that their hair loss slows down dramatically after just one application of PRP.
The earlier you intervene, the better the results. If you’re beginning to see the signs of male pattern baldness or hair thinning, don’t delay. Call now to set up an appointment.
Advantages of Using PRP for Hair Restoration
Compared to other types of hair restoration procedures, PRP has numerous advantages.
Surgeries to combat hair loss generally relocate hair from one part of your scalp to the balding area. This requires complex skin grafting, which exposes you to risks of infection and anesthesia. PRP, on the other hand, is an outpatient treatment that can be done in under an hour.
Compared to hair plugs, the results from PRP are vastly superior. The hair that grows after PRP is 100% yours. What’s more, PRP restores your original hair patterns as it reactivates old follicles.
Existing hair also benefits from platelet-rich plasma. Hair thickens and becomes more robust, giving the appearance of a fuller head of hair.
PRP is virtually painless. It requires no incisions and no stitches. PRP treatments do not leave any scars.
PRP is also more affordable than the alternatives, even when multiple sessions are needed. It should come as no surprise that PRP has become the first treatment of choice for hair restoration.
PRP Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
ED affects millions of men around the world. Interestingly, the percentage of men affected tends to match their ages. About 40% of males in their 40s have ED, 50% in their 50s, and so on.
Erectile dysfunction can be devastating for your self-confidence and relationships. What’s worse, the problem often becomes a vicious cycle. When you fail to perform once, it weighs on your mind the next time you try, which often causes more pressure and more failure.
While ED can be caused by lifestyle choices, including smoking and obesity, aging is still the leading cause of ED. It’s the perfect place for PRP to be used.
How PRP Treats ED
In order to understand how PRP treats ED, it helps to understand what causes ED in the first place. Erections depend on blood flow to the penis. There are special cells in the penile tissue that let blood in and keep it from exiting.
As we age, the cells that act as valves to let blood in may lose their ability to respond to signals from the brain. They may not respond completely, resulting in a partial erection.
Furthermore, the cells that hold the blood may have lost some of their capacity. This also contributes to partial erections that aren’t adequate for penetration.
When PRP is injected into these tissues, it restores them significantly. Most men see results in 24 hours, including longer, harder erections. Some men even notice gains in penis size after a single treatment!
Naturally, given the sensitive nature of the area, your comfort is our top priority. Rest assured, we apply topical anesthetic to make sure the treatment is completely painless. The results are definitely worth it.
Your Experience at Male Clinic USA
If you’ve decided to pursue PRP for Erectile Dysfunction or Hair Restoration, Male Clinic USA is ready to help. We’ll accompany you through every step of the process.
Before Your Treatment
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Myers. As we mentioned before, both of these problems can be caused by a variety of factors. The doctor may recommend you try some other solutions before trying PRP, especially if lifestyle factors are suspected.
If Dr. Myers determines that PRP is the right treatment for you, then we will run some basic blood tests to ensure that your blood is suitable for PRP. After that, we’ll set an appointment for your treatment date.
The doctor might also give you some dietary guidelines for the days leading up to your treatment. Since your plasma is replenished every two to three days, eating well prior to PRP can improve the results.
The Day of Your Treatment
Since PRP is so simple to apply, there aren’t many recommendations for how to handle the day of your treatment. The most important thing is that you should have someone drive you to and from the clinic. Even though you might feel capable of driving home, we recommend making arrangements.
The treatment itself does not take long. First, you will be connected to the centrifuge to separate the PRP from your blood. This process can take ten to twenty minutes depending on how much PRP is needed.
During this time, a local anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area. This takes a few minutes to take effect. Once the doctor has confirmed that you feel no pain in the area, the treatment may begin.
The PRP is injected into several locations to ensure an even application. Once the doctor is satisfied with the delivery of PRP, you can get ready to leave.
After Your Treatment
Our office will schedule a follow-up visit according to the type of treatment you received. This will give the doctor a chance to make sure that it was correctly applied and to evaluate your results. Additional treatments may be recommended depending on how your body is responding to the treatment.
In the case of a treatment for hair restoration, your follow up will be scheduled about a month after the first treatment. You may want to take photos of your hair periodically to see how it has improved. Pictures also help to identify areas that may benefit from a second treatment.
For ED treatments, a similar follow-up visit is needed about a month after the first application. The benefits of PRP for erectile dysfunction can last up to a year. However, if you aren’t getting the results you expected, we can schedule a second treatment.
If you would like to know more about our services or schedule an appointment, call Male Clinic USA of Pasadena, CA. We look forward to helping you and answering any questions you may have.