Platelet Rich Plasma

Is PRP The Same As Stem Cells?

Platelet rich plasma and stem cells have many similarities. They are often used for the same procedures, such as non-surgical hair restoration. Considering they are both parts of regenerative medicine, patients sometimes ask, “Is PRP the same as stem cells?”

Platelet rich plasma and stem cells are not the same things. PRP is found in your blood and is vital to clotting. While always present in the blood, it elevates areas of trauma and healing. Therefore, when injected into a treatment area it produces collagen production and activates the body’s healing response.

Comparatively, stem cells come from bone marrow or fat. Unlike PRP where the patient’s own blood is drawn and the PRP isolated, the stem cells used for medical or cosmetic purposes usually come from various sources. A common one is donated human placenta. They are also part of the body’s healing process, but have the ability to become various specialized cells. This makes them especially effective for procedures such as hair restoration. 

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Dr. Jonov is a specialist in cosmetic surgery, focusing on procedures for the face, breast, and body at PRP in Seattle Seattle.