What Is PRP? | Cell Therapy 101

what is prp


If you imagine cell therapy as a seed, then PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is the fertilizer. While it shows incredible potential to offer a wide range of benefits, it shows even more significant benefits when paired with cell therapy. Together, they could reduce pain, improve function, reduce scarring, lower blood loss and bruising, and speed up healing and recovery.

PRP is a fraction of your peripheral blood that can stimulate healing. Research shows that PRP activates recruited resident cells within your body, creating a higher likelihood of a positive response to your regenerative medicine procedure.

PRP can elicit a healing response by using platelets and numerous growth factors. Growth factors in platelet-rich plasma are directly responsible for activating adult cells and allogeneic umbilical cord fluid cells. Each growth factor is essential for wound healing and cell regeneration.

Using PRP, in effect, acts as an activator of your cells and is essential as a medium for the cells to grow and increase in and help the cells get distributed to areas in need of repair and rejuvenation. Research has shown that high amounts of activated cells reintroduced back into your body can increase the likelihood of a positive response to a cell therapy procedure.

What Could PRP Help With?

PRP has the potential to speed up recovery for numerous conditions and diseases. For instance, in Osteoarthritis, some studies indicate that patients experienced significant observational improvements in function and pain after receiving PRP injections. Here are some more conditions it could potentially help with:

Wound Healing and Chronic Wounds

Not only does PRP have the potential to enhance wound healing on its own, but it displays increased speed and quality of wound healing when paired with other cells.

Compared to traditional treatments of advanced wound dressing, PRP injections, and patches showed significantly improved healing outcomes for chronic wounds. At the end of treatment, patients receiving advanced wound dressings had wounds 25% – 50% of their original size. However, patients receiving PRP injections and patches had wounds less than 10% of their original size.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions

If you have trouble opening your jaw or get clicks and pain when you try, a recently published review might have an answer for you. Following up on several studies, they discovered encouraging results that showed PRP injections could help with pain, sound, and range of motion for patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.

Plantation and pregnancy rate for women in this situation.

Skin Grafting

In a rare case following a car accident, doctors used PRP to assist in applying a skin graft that experienced complications. It is believed to have allowed fair skin grafting in certain situations.

Skin Rejuvenation and Youthfulness

PRP has the potential to rejuvenate your skin, give you a more youthful look, and assist in healing scars, wounds, and injuries quickly and cleanly. For instance, a PRP facial could rejuvenate your skin, improve your skin tone, and reduce lines and wrinkles to help you look younger.

And Much More

From sports injuries to chronic conditions, PRP has been shown to reduce pain, promote healing, and increase successful clinical outcomes. Contact a regenerative cell therapy provider for more information.

What is a PRP injection?

PRP injections are focused injections of platelet-rich plasma containing essential growth elements. When injected, this platelet-rich plasma can stimulate your body’s natural healing responses to heal and recover faster, like platelets help you heal from a cut.

What are the benefits of a PRP injection?

Since PRP is platelet-rich and contains essential growth factors, inflammation, and injury can heal more quickly.

Think about when you get cut. Your platelets gather at the site of the injury, forming a scab while your skin heals. Eventually, the scab falls off, the scar heals, and the pain fades. That is what happens inside the body, too, and PRP can help stimulate this process at the site of your injury or inflammation.

What is a PRP facial?

PRP facials may reduce fine lines and wrinkles without surgery as an aesthetic treatment meant to rejuvenate skin and provide a more youthful look. Because of this, PRP facials are a popular treatment for people who want to look younger and more beautiful.

What are the benefits of a PRP facial?

It can help rejuvenate the skin cells in your face and may make you feel and look younger. Collagen stimulation caused by a PRP facial can decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and the procedure could also improve skin tone and even tighten lax skin.

What are the 8 Growth factors in PRP, and how can they help me?


  1. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – Encourages the production of collagenase by fibroblasts, which breaks down the matrix in remodeling. EGF stimulates keratinocyte and fibroblast proliferation.
  2. Transforming Growth Factor- Increases collagen formation, slowing its breakdown and encouraging chemoattraction to inflammatory cells.
  3. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) – Endothelial cells promote angiogenesis during tissue hypoxia.
  4. Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) – Promotes angiogenesis, granulation, and epithelialization via endothelial cell, fibroblast, and keratinocyte migration, respectively.
  5. Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) – Draws fibroblasts and macrophages to the area of damage. PDGF promotes proteoglycan synthesis and collagen.
  6. Interleukins, keratinocytes, Macrophages, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, lymphocytes, basophils, osteoblasts, and mast cells – activate fibroblast differentiation and induce collagen and proteoglycan synthesis.
  7. Colony Stimulating Factors – Stimulates macrophage and granulocyte proliferation.
  8. Keratinocyte Growth Factor – Fibroblasts promote keratinocyte migration, proliferation, and differentiation.

How do you obtain the PRP?

We take a small amount of venous blood from you (the patient) and isolate the platelet-rich plasma layer. We take whole blood through sterile venipuncture for processing. Before the procedure, the blood is transferred into a closed vacutainer tube and centrifuged to extract the PRP.

What is the procedure like for a PRP facial?

The healthcare professional performs PRP facials by preparing the patient’s face for micro-needling and then applying a wash of essential growth factors from the patient’s blood. PRP facials like these could tighten lax skin, improve skin tone, stimulate collagen growth, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Celebrities seeking to enhance their beauty have famously pursued this, as it can give them a more youthful look and feel.

Does Insurance cover PRP?

Some insurance providers cover PRP injections, but Dynamic Stem Cell Therapy offers financing and a military discount if yours doesn’t. That’s a rare thing to find, so I’d recommend checking it out if you’re interested!