Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can promote hair restoration and regrowth, other cosmetic improvements, wound healing, and joint healing. The platelets consist of a single type of blood cell, and they contain growth factors that can speed healing and tissue renewal.
The treatment involves drawing blood from the patient’s arm, and then separating the PRP from the rest of the blood. The healthcare practitioner administering the therapy will then numb the treatment area and carefully inject the PRP into the skin. At this point, the platelets will break down and release their growth factors, causing the cells and tissue to rejuvenate.
The procedure involves little to no downtime and only takes about 30 minutes. In addition, the results are typically most noticeable after six months. Patients may need touchup PRP injections once or more per year. If you have questions, I’ll be happy to guide you through the treatment and everything involved in ensuring the best results.
How Is PRP Therapy Diﬀerent from Stem Cell Therapy?
While both treatments fall under the same category—and touch on the body’s natural healing abilities—stem cell therapy is more advanced than PRP therapy. You might say they’re a more complex form of PRP therapy.
PRP therapy stimulates the body’s existing repair mechanism, causing it to work harder than it would under normal circumstances.
Stem cell therapy, meanwhile, introduces brand new cells into the body that can become any type of cell which can replace the damaged cells and tissues with new and healthy ones.
Both PRP therapy and stem cell therapy—and exosomes, for that matter—are ideal for patients looking to experience the benefits of regenerative medicine.