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Luminary MD

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

As you age, your skin develops wrinkles, blemishes, scars, and other telltale imperfections. Luminary MD in Irvine, California, offers several treatments using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to restore your youthful glow with proteins from your own body. If you?d like to achieve a younger look without surgery or fillers, call or schedule a consultation online with Robert Milanes, MD, to find out more about PRP treatments today.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is derived from your own blood. Platelets are the component of your blood that allows it to clot and heal your wounds, and they’re derived and concentrated to create PRP.

PRP contains growth factors that promote regeneration and youthfulness when applied to your skin. It can also promote hair growth in bald spots. If you have injuries, PRP helps to speed up the healing process.

What can PRP Treat?

PRP can treat a variety of conditions and unwanted features, most of which come with age. These include:

  • Wrinkles and lines
  • Hair Loss
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Stretch marks
  • Erectile Dysfunction

During an initial consultation, Dr. Milanes assesses your goals, needs, and habits to determine if PRP treatments are your best option. Then, he works with you to choose which treatment can be most effective for you.

What treatment can I get using PRP?

uminary MD offers several treatments that use PRP to achieve optimal results. You can choose:

Microneedling​

Microneedling is a procedure used to reduce the appearance of scars, acne, wrinkles, and other skin conditions.

During the procedure, tiny needles prick your skin with minimal discomfort. Each prick stimulates the production of collagen, a protein produced by your body to give your skin structure, vivacity, and elasticity.

Facial Rejuvenation

PRP can also be combined with our other procedures. Most commonly it is combined with fillers to help improve volume and rejuvenate the skin.  Dr. Milanes, also uses PRFM to treat acne scars in a procedure called subcision. 

Hair Loss Injections

PRP that is converted into PRFM can be used to treat hair loss or baldness.

After your blood is drawn and the PRP is extracted from it and then converted into PRFM, your provider injects it into the areas of your scalp that lack hair. The PRFM restores blood flow to your follicles, encouraging them to supply your hair with nutrients and promote its growth. 

PRFM works best for hair loss when combined with other hair restoration treatments such as topical medications. All of which can be prescribed by Dr. Milanes, MD.

Sexual Health

PRP and PRFM can be injected into certain parts of the penis and vagina aiding in sexual health. The growth factors also stimulate the birth of and improvement of new blood vessels leading to more blood flow to the area. This is how the majority of medications used to help sexual health work.

In women this can treat urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, pain during sex, and other vaginal issues. In men, this treats erectile dysfunction and penis curvature seen in Peyronie’s disease.

PRP injections for sexual health

If you’re interested in learning more about how PRP can enhance your appearance and treat a variety of conditions, call the office or request an appointment online.

What is PRFM?

PRFM stands for Platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) which is derived from PRP then Calcium is added to it converting it to PRFM. When PRP is converted into PRFM, it becomes a long acting version of it. This means that your hair follicles or any target area being injected gets a longer exposure to the growth factors thus reaping the benifits longer. 

How is PRFM different from PRP?

Longer Life: Because of the longer life, the treatment areas are exposed to the growth factors for much longer. When PRP is injected, the growth factors peak at 12 hours and the product dissolves in 24 hours.  With PRFM, the growth factors peak at 72 hrs, and the product dissolves in 7 days. This is like taking an injection for a medication weekly vs having to take it daily