Platelet Rich Plasma or Fibrin (PRP / PRF) is an all-natural anti-aging solution that can remedy the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve skin texture. Created within a small sample of your own blood, PRF has natural healing properties that work to revitalize the skin on a cellular level.
How Platelet-Rich Plasma Differs From Platelet-Rich Fibrin
Platelet-Rich Plasma is a result of double spin method — a hard spin to separate red blood cells from everything else in the autologous (or whole) blood and a soft spin to separate the platelets and white blood cells. The result is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Platelet-Poor Plasma (PPP) and Red Blood Cells.
PRF is a newer method that we often use here and suggest. Sort of the PRP 2.0, if you will. In PRF, after the first centrifugation, the middle layer is taken—which contains less platelets but more clotting factors. This gradually forms into a fibrin network and traps in the cytokines. It is then centrifuged in a PRF centrifuge resulting in PRF, a fibrin layer containing platelets and plasma.
The biggest and best difference the clients are seeing with the PRF is that there is much less swelling and downtime for the patient.
Growth factors play a vital role in PRF. What is a Growth Factor?
A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation, and cellular repair. Our bodies produce natural growth factors. They are found in high concentrations in our own fat and our own blood. Growth factors in our fat and Platelet Rich Fibrin can help prevent and improve our aging skin and underlying tissue. We are able to separate growth factors by separating our red blood cells from our platelet rich plasma.
New studies suggest Platelet-Rich Plasma and its gelled cousin Platelet-Rich Fibrin differ in the release of growth factors which can significantly affect the healing outcome.
PRF results have displayed a continual and steady release of growth factors over a 10-day period. Some argue that PRP enriched with a large number of growth factors (a portion of it may even be excess) produce short-term effects and is less desirable than a PRF whose release is slower and thus more beneficial in the long run.
How is PRF created?
PRF is created within a small sample of blood withdrawn from you at the time of your appointment. Once the sample has been taken, it is inserted and spun in a centrifuge. Blood plasma, white and red blood cells, and other growth properties bond as the sample spins, creating the PRP formula. The PRP solution is purified and the platelets are preserved, creating PRF.
Is PRF rejuvenation safe?
Yes! Since PRF derives from a sample of your own blood, there is virtually no risk of disease or severe allergic reactions.
Who may be a candidate for PRF rejuvenation?
PRF rejuvenation may be ideal for you if you are looking for an all-natural, non-surgical means of correcting age lines and uneven skin texture. Our team will evaluate your medical history to determine if you may be a potential candidate for this exciting anti-aging treatment.
Are PRF treatments painful?
PRF is a quick and painless treatment. It is performed in the office with no or minimal downtime. The treatment requires a small amount of blood which is drawn from you. Then, the platelets are separated from the blood using our PRF skin improving protocol. Once the PRF is prepared, injections or other topical treatment are performed with minimal discomfort.
How do the PRF treatments rejuvenate skin?
Research demonstrates that our own Platelet Rich Fibrin has the power to heal and regenerate tissue in all areas of our body. Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. When Platelet Rich Fibrin is properly injected into specific areas of the skin, it promotes your own collagen growth, regenerates tissue, and naturally soothes and tightens the skin. Studies document that PRF grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and new studies show that PRF can soften sun damage and other aging skin issues.
How much improvement can I expect from PRF and how long will it last?
Since PRF comes from your own body the results vary for each person. Our patients have noticeable improvement in the tone, texture, and overall quality of their skin. They have been impressed with the results. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. One to six treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome.
What to expect during and after the PRF procedure?
A small amount of blood will be drawn from you and the PRF is prepared. The injections take a few moments and are only mildly uncomfortable. The procedure is quick, relatively painless, and requires no post-procedure care or time off from daily events. Mild swelling, redness, or bruising fades within 1-3 days.
PRF results have displayed a continual and steady release of growth factors over a 10-day period.
Some argue that PRP enriched with large number of growth factors (a portion of it may even be excess) produce short-term effects and is less desirable than a PRF whose release is slower and thus more beneficial in the long run.
Other advantages of PRF include:
- It doesn’t need thrombin and anticoagulants.
- It results in better healing due to its slow polymerization process.
- And it helps in hemostasis.