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PRP Therapy vs. Stem Cell Therapy: What’s the Difference?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

The difference between platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy is that one uses platelet-rich plasma to restore and regenerate damaged body tissue, while the other employs stem cells. Both therapies use material from your body (plasma or stem cells) to ease pain and aid healing.

PRP therapy and stem cell therapy are part of a branch of treatments known as regenerative medicine. Our clinic offers these and other interventions to help you look and feel your best. Read on to find out more.

PRP Therapy and Stem Cells Rejuvenate Damaged Tissue

According to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (JOMFP), PRP and stem cell therapy help repair and rejuvenate tissues damaged by injury and chronic disease. Additionally, the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (JCAD) states that PRP and stem cells are becoming popular treatments for various cosmetic skin concerns.

Our team can use PRP and stem cell therapies to treat injuries, chronic pain, and the effects of aging. We may employ PRP and stem cell therapies to address:

  • Hair loss

  • Arthritis pain

  • Ligament, tendon, or muscle injuries/pain

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Inflammation

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Acne scarring

  • Stretch marks

  • Sun damage and dark spots

  • Enlarged pores

We may also use PRP and stem cell therapy in combination with microneedling treatments that can improve your complexion and result in more youthful-looking skin.

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How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) Work?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, platelets in our blood contain growth factors that stimulate cell reproduction and tissue regeneration. Providers can take a sample of your blood and rapidly spin it using a centrifuge. This process separates the platelets from other components in the blood, leaving a platelet-rich plasma to target specific areas and encourage and accelerate healing.

How Do Our Providers Use Stem Cell Therapy?

Similar to PRP, providers can extract adult stem cells from bone marrow or fatty tissue using a centrifuge. According to JOMFP, while platelets encourage cell growth and healing, stem cells can actually divide and replace damaged or worn-out tissue.

Are There PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Side Effects?

According to Johns Hopkins, PRP is a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure that involves nothing more than drawing your blood and injecting plasma back into the body. However, you may experience pain, soreness, or bruising at the blood draw or plasma injection sites. More severe risks include bleeding, infection, nerve injuries, or tissue damage.

What Should You Expect During a PRP or Stem Cell Therapy Treatment?

PRP and stem cell therapy treatments begin with a consultation. Our providers will take your patient history to better understand your overall health, any complications you may have, and your reasons for seeking the procedure. We also want to address questions you may have about PRP, stem cell therapy, or any other regenerative and anti-aging treatment we offer.

If you do not have any health concerns preventing you from receiving treatment, we can move forward with drawing your blood, collecting fatty tissue, and preparing your PRP or stem cell injections. Throughout your visit, our friendly, professional staff will work to make you feel comfortable in our warm and inviting facility.

Treatments may span more than one visit. However, PRP and stem cell therapy do not require a long recovery. After your treatment, you can resume regular activities.

Are PRP and Stem Cell Therapy Expensive?

We want our services to be affordable to all those who need them. We can work with you to develop a treatment plan and payment structure that suits your budget. Furthermore, we are a cash practice, meaning we do not have to wait for insurance companies to green-light your treatments.

In addition to PRP and stem cell therapy, we offer:

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The difference between PRP therapy and stem cell therapy is the use of platelets or stem cells. Additionally, PRP therapy can help repair and regrow damaged tissue, while stem cells can replace damaged tissue. These therapies may sound complex, but they are both minimally invasive and can help with pain, healing, and signs of aging.

Our providers are here to help you address your health issues and use regenerative medicine to feel better and look younger. To learn more about our treatments, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients in Port Orange, Daytona Beach, and across Florida.

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