Platelet rich plasma treatments introduced to dermatology, gynecology departments

A simple but clinically effective in-office procedure is giving dermatology patients a new option for facial and vaginal rejuvenation.

This newly offered technology, called platelet rich plasma, is using components of patient’s own blood to naturally promote the production of collagen and growth factors to the treated area. Rapid City Medical Center is offering these platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments. This non-invasive, organic treatment, originally approved for wound healing, is giving dermatology patients a new option.

A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and spun down where the plasma is separated from the red blood cells. Then the platelet serum is activated and injected or applied to the treatment area. Platelet rich plasma is being used in addition to Endymed Intensif (micro needling), which has been a hot topic in dermatology for the last decade.

Platelets are the body’s tool to heal and regenerate cells. When used on your skin the serum kick-starts natural collagen production and helps regrow new tissue.

Dermatologist Tamara Poling, M.D., says, "Platelets are, if you will, miniature stem cells. They have all sorts of good, active ingredients in them. Those promote skin turnover; they promote wound healing … all the good stuff. So it’s used pretty much in every branch of medicine these days."

The treatments are widely used for cosmetic reasons like to improve skin tone, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and to grow hair loss. Poling says that the addition of PRP to mirconeedling is giving patients a 30-40 percent improvement in results.

The treatments are also being used in the gynecology department as well, giving non-hormonal options to women seeking health improvements with the Monalisa touch laser and the PRP injections.

Gynecologist Marcia Beshara, M.D., says, "Initially, they were both developed for sexual intimacy and painful intercourse, but now we’ve realized it helps quite a few other things. [It] also helps with stress incontinence, it helps with skin conditions – something called lichen sclerosus. And just in general, both of them help improve female vaginal health."

PRP treatments are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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