What is PRF and how does it work?
Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is an autologous blood concentrate that uses your own blood to help rejuvenate your skin. PRF contains autologous growth factors that stimulate and enhance the healing response. It is used by doctors around the world to accelerate healing for various areas of the body. PRF is rapidly replacing platelet rich plasma (PRP) in medical spas and plastic surgeons’ offices around the country. This shift from PRP to PRF is because PRF contains more platelets per mcL. PRF also contains leukocytes (WBC) and Mesenchymal Stem Cells that PRP does not have. With PRF, your blood is spun at a low centrifugation and there is no added anticoagulation, like there is with PRP. This allows a fibrin matrix to form. The fibrin matrix will help to keep cells more active, allowing for a longer and slower release of growth factors. The rich concentration of cells in PRF will release growth factors over a longer period of time, contributing to an even better rejuvenation process.
What can PRF help with?
PRF can be injected into several areas of your face to help with dark circles, tear troughs and deep folds, volume loss, wrinkles and fine lines.
What is the process like?
PRF is a 3-step process. First, we draw your blood into tubes. The number of tubes depends on the amount of surface area we want to cover. The tubes of blood are then spun in a centrifuge. This process will separate the blood cells from all the other nutrient-rich cells that we want. When the centrifugation is complete, the top layer is collected. This layer of concentrate (PRF) is composed of your own platelets and white blood cells. We can then use the PRF in multiple areas of your face for natural rejuvenation.
When will I see results?
A series of 4 initial monthly treatments are recommended with a 6-month touch up, then annual sessions for maintenance. You may see a slight improvement after your first or second session but you should see the optimal results after 4 sessions.
What is the aftercare like?
You may experience bruising, redness, itching, swelling and/or soreness that may last from 2-5 days following your treatment. It is normal to feel a tingling sensation while the cells are being activated. Ice or cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling if required. You should avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (talk to your doctor before stopping medications that are prescribed). You should try to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking for 3 days after treatment as well. Do not use blood thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty Acids for at least one week after your treatment (unless directed otherwise by physician). Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for at least 2 days after your treatment. Continue increased water intake the first week after your treatment.