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What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, comes from blood that is taken from a horse and processed with a centrifuge, which separates a solution’s less dense components from its heavier ones. This process distills a portion of the blood to a platelet concentration level that is five times richer than regular blood. It also helps remove red and white blood cells from the platelet rich part of the plasma. Plasma containing this concentrated level of platelets provides many growth factors, which enhance access of healthy inflammatory cells to the area of tissue injury, formation new blood vessels and a formation of new connective tissue and regeneration of skin. Because the animal’s own blood is used to make the specialized plasma, known as an autologous process, there is no risk of the treatment being rejected, as it might be if the blood had been provided by a donor.