PRF, or platelet-rich fibrin, is the next generation treatment of platelet concentrate. PRF is a fibrin matrix comprised of platelet cytokines, growth factors and cells used to help promote skin rejuvenation, hair growth and wound healing. Harvested PRP has platelets, fibrin and white blood cells, which helps achieve wound healing, collagen production and improved elasticity. PRF contains a very high concentration of white blood cells, fibrin and a small number of stem cells found circulating in our bloodstream. PRF becomes a gel after 15 to 20 minutes of being isolated and immediately upon being injected into the face or scalp. This process allows it to be used for cosmetic volume and hair restoration.
PRF is taken from your own blood. Prior to the treatment, one vial of blood is drawn. Next, the blood is placed inside a centrifuge designed to separate PRF from other blood components. After spinning, the PRF is harvested from the top of the vial into a syringe. PRF is then used in combination with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to enhance facial volume.
PRF is performed in a series of treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart. Results typically last one to three weeks and the volume will essentially dissipate. Long-term effects, such as skin tightening, collagen production and enhanced skin quality, may take up to three to four months to be noticed and can last from six to 12 months. The visibility of expected benefits and results of the PRF treatment is typically seen after six weeks from initial treatment.
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.
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.
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.