PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative treatment designed to stimulate cellular regeneration, neovascularisation, and healthy cell formation.
What is PRP?
Whole blood is prepared into platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In a natural process, the body reacts to the PRP injections by releasing growth factors that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin.
At FBW, we add PRP to MonaLisa Touch CO2 laser and micro-needling treatments, allowing it to penetrate deep into the submucosa and dermis where it can work most effectively and overcome the symptoms. PRP shortens the healing time by 50%, reduces the inflammatory process, and works with MonaLisa in a synergistic manner.
Is PRP for me?
The secret to this treatment is the platelet. Platelets are foundational in many of the body’s functions, especially where the mucosa or skin is concerned. At FBW, our women’s health consider PRP the ultimate “body’s own” physiological product because it comes from the patient herself, it is safer and more natural than animal-derived or human donated products. PRP with skin needling or MonaLisa Touch is so highly regarded by our doctors as it:
- Promotes tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
- Increases collagen production
- Serves as a “biological glue” promoting tissue healing
- Induces cell differentiation
- Eliminates donor transmissible infections
- Is non-allergenic
PRP therapy is ideal for women seeking a natural way to enjoy younger looking skin or healthier mucosa at any age.
Our team can also assist with PRP skin rejuvenation and cell therapy at the time of vaginal therapy.
This treatment is not recommended for people who:
- Have skin cancer
- Have liver disorders
- Have problems with blood clotting
During an initial consultation, your doctor will discuss your goals to ensure that PRP treatments will help you safely achieve them.
What can I expect from a PRP treatment?
To ensure optimal results, we recommend patients stay hydrated in the days leading up to and after the appointment. Your mucosa may feel swollen after the treatment, so avoid heavy exercises, intercourse, baths or swimming.
At your appointment, you will need to provide a blood test sample which is then placed immediately in a centrifuge which separates your blood into red blood cells and white blood cells. PRP can be topically applied:
- After laser treatment for vaginal atrophy (thin vaginal mucosa)
- Injected into vulval skin for lichen sclerosus
- Injected into the vagina for treatment of scarring, vaginal atrophy, uterovaginal prolapse, or urinary incontinence
After the treatment, what can I expect?
There are minimal side effects or complications from PRP treatments. However, you may experience swelling, redness, and in rare cases mild bruising.
Once this subsides, very little change will initially be visible. Over the following few weeks, the platelets will stimulate the growth factors, which will assist in more collagen growth.
At FBW, needling with PRP may also be used for extensive lichen sclerosus and it is customised to each woman. Some patients may only require a single treatment, once per year whereas for optimal results for others would require a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.