If you have an injury, chronic pain, or undesirable signs of aging, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a natural way to relieve symptoms and restore your quality of life. Board-certified physician Christina Hector, DO, offers PRP injections and other holistic treatments to heal your body naturally and relieve discomfort at Onyx Direct Care in West Orange, New Jersey. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about PRP injections.
PRP Injections Q & A
What are PRP injections?PRP is the acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma, a state-of-the-art technology that has been found to be highly effective in helping people with a wide range of medical issues. It can do a lot more than assist in the healing of sports injuries and rejuvenate your skin. In fact, this technique is still evolving as doctors discover more uses for it every day.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the liquid part of your blood your doctor separates from red and white blood cells. It is a concentrated solution of plasma with a higher proportion of platelets that is found in whole blood. Platelets contains many growth factors which play a significant role in the promotion of tissue healing. These growth factors are vital in tissue healing and remodeling in processes such as: soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries, hair restoration after hair loss, facial rejuvenation and scarring, and male and female sexual health.
When are PRP injections helpful?
Doctors often use PRP injections to treat numerous conditions including:
Facial Rejuvenation and Remodeling
Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction
What happens during PRP injections?
Prior to PRP injections, your Onyx Direct Care specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and might use blood tests or imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to diagnose an injury or disease.
If you're a good candidate for PRP injections, your doctor takes a sample of blood from your arm and spins it in a centrifuge to extract the platelet-rich plasma. They inject PRP into the site of an injury or other areas of your body. The procedure is fast and virtually painless, although you may feel a slight pinch during needle insertion.
What should I expect after treatment?
After PRP injections, you might experience slight redness or swelling at the treatment site, but this is temporary. Your Onyx Direct Care specialist may recommend a series of PRP injections or other holistic treatments, such as vitamins, supplements, osteopathic manipulative therapy or physical therapy, to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Over time, you should notice enhanced healing, less pain, and a better overall quality of life.
When are PRP Injections used for Musculoskeletal Injuries?
If you suffer from musculoskeletal injuries such as:
Osteoarthritis of the knees
Rotator cuff partial tears
Pulled or strained muscles
Partial tendon tear
Sprains and strains
PRP musculoskeletal injections work by stimulating healing in tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints by isolating and activating growth factors naturally found in your blood. Delivering these growth factors in high concentration naturally stimulates reparative processes of your body, enhances functionality of your joints and reduces pain associated with injury.
When are PRP Injections used for Hair Loss?
PRP injections can be used on men and women with premature balding, thinning hair, and hair loss. PRP contains platelets with concentrated growth factors, mesenchymal stem cells, cytokines, and other elements that can help promote growth of new hair providing you with a natural looking result without underoging a major surgical procedure.
PRP for hair loss requires no surgery and no sedation and will not leave a scar. It is highly effective for both men and women.
Can PRP be used fo Skin Rejuvenation?
PRP contains growth factors to help to boost the skin's ability to rejuvenate by encouraging your body to use its own healing process more effectively, allowing it to remove damaged skin and replacing with new skin faster than your body could normally achieve on its own. The healing properties in PRP help to erase signs of aging such as aging lines, wrinkles, creases, and skin folds. The result will provide you with a more youthful look.
PRP injections also help with the reduction and removal of acne scars and facial marks. PRP can be used alone or with microneedling to help restore the layer of collagen and elastin under the skin providing you with tighter and youthful appearance.
PRP for Sexual Health
Sexual dysfunction, or the inability to have satisfactory intercourse, is a common issue among men and women of all ages that are sexually active. If you are looking for a natural remedy that can help restore the quality of your sexual health, consider PRP to rejuvenate the intimacy within your relationship.
Male Enhancement Shot
PRP can be used for sexual disorders in men such as erectile dysfunction. The first step is to treat or control the underline cause of the erectile dysfunction such as smoking, controlling diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hormone imbalance, and medication side effects. This can be done by lifestyle changes, substitution of medications, treatment of medical issues, and counseling for psychological problems.
The PRP serum used in the male enhancement shot contains essential growth factors to repair and grow new tissue. Positive effects seen with PRP treatment are improved sensation from damaged nerves, increased blood circulation which will result in longer lasting erections and increased penile girth. Successful therapy will also enhance intimacy morale and provide a healthy psychological boost.
PRP for Female Sexual Health
Female sexual dysfunction can result from a lack of adequate sensation, laxity of the vaginal walls, hormonal imbalances, or sagging (or loss) of tissue around the external genitalia. PRP for vaginal rejuvenation in women can help repair the walls of the vagina and external genitalia by repairing the layer of collagen and elastin. Positive effects experienced with PRP treatment are an enhanced orgasm, decrease in urinary incontinence, and improved vaginal dryness. This will help restore confidence and increase pleasure during sexual intercourse.