Growth factors are actually produced by stem cells themselves, as well as from platelets in the blood stream. Growth factors originate from stem cells and are released when the stem cells reach their final destination. A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance that has a positive effect on cell division and is capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation. These cells act as signaling molecules between cells.
Growth cells can also be derived from blood platelets, they are obtained by placing the blood in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and then injecting that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) back into the body. It has been discovered that the growth factors gathered from blood in a centrifuge are actually more potent than the growth factors released from a person’s own stem cells in the body.
When PRP growth factors are injected into the injured area, they help the body accelerate its natural healing process. The ultimate goals of using PRP include reduction of pain, eliminate the need for surgery, rejuvenate damaged and aging skin, and create long-lasting healing.
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