Platelet Rich Plasma/Platelet Rich Fibrin is a procedure that has been generating much media attention because of its safe and natural approach to skin rejuvenation. This procedure is also used in sports medicine to heal injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Recently, it has also been scientifically proven when PRF was used in dental surgery, it can significantly speed up the healing process.
PRP/PRF uses the body’s own healing factors to renew and rejuvenate the skin safely without risks of rejection or allergic response.
PRP/PRF contains. Large amounts of growth factors, healing agents and anti-inflammatory cytokines which naturally heal and rejuvenate the skin or other injected areas.
What is the difference between PRP and PRF?
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma is the first generation, PRF – Platelet Rich Fibrin is the 2 nd generation. Both are safe and effective however, PRF contains a high concentration of fibrin which has a greater abundance is growth factors in the blood, thus more Fibrin which allows for increased performance and healing. We also need less PRF to inject to get the same results as PRP. The cost of PRP and PRF is somewhat the same. Both PRP and PRF require multiple treatments to generate optimal results. These can be done every 4 weeks. Some practitioners may have varying schedules for their treatments based on the indications that present.
What is it used for?
- Skin rejuvenation
- Under eye hollows
- Scalp – Hair regrowth
- Scar treatment
- Stretch marks
Who should not do PRP/PRF?
- Anyone with active cold sores (if injecting in the face)
- Anyone with active bacterial infections or broken skin in the treatment area
- Anyone who is susceptible to keloid scarring
- Anyone who has uncontrolled diabetes
- Anyone undergoing cancer treatments
- Anyone who is severely anemic
How is PRP/PRF performed?
A vial of blood is drawn. Just like going to the lab. Then your vial of blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun down to separate the blood. Once the blood has been spun. The platelets, also known as liquid gold, are placed into a syringe for injection. Any area or the face, body, or scalp can be injected.
What is the post care?
- You may notice some pinpoint bruising in the area treated this is normal and will heal gradually
over the next week.
- Typically for 12hrs post….
- Do not exercise
- Do not sweat
- Do not wash hair (if scalp was treated)
- Do not wash the area for 12hrs post-treatment
- Do not wear makeup (if injected on the face)