PRF stands for platelet-rich fibrin, a concentrated mixture of cells and other growth factors that are separated from your blood. PRF is a derivative of PRP, platelet-rich plasma, and contains a complex matrix of white blood cells, fibrin, platelets, and mesenchymal stem cells, all important properties of healing, growth, and rejuvenation. These incredible benefits make PRF a great product for skin rejuvenation and other procedures when used in its liquid or injectable gel form.
When platelets bind to fibrin they release growth factors, kickstarting the healing process by producing more collagen, blood vessels, and skin cells. That means that PRF is a great option for any regenerative cosmetic treatment, addressing problems like:
- Fine lines
- Under eye hollowing
- Sagging skin
- Skin texture concerns
- Hair loss
When compared to PRP, PRF provides just as many benefits with the added advantage of continuing to improve the skin’s texture and appearance for several weeks after treatment. This is due to the fact that it continues to release growth factors over time.
In order to obtain the platelet-rich fibrin that is so crucial to this procedure, a blood sample will need to be taken from the patient. The sample is then spun in a centrifuge at a slower speed than in PRP treatments. The spongy, gel-like product that is isolated from the rest of the blood sample is then injected like a traditional filler or applied to the treatment area like a serum.
PRF gel is used to treat the same issues that other fillers do, being a favorite for under-eye bags, but in a more natural way. PRF is a great organic alternative to other fillers, like the ones that use hyaluronic acid, because it contains an autologous blood concentration that comes directly from the patient’s body.
Because PRF has such incredible growth factors, it is commonly paired with treatments like microneedling. When the PRF concentrate is applied to the tiny wounds made by the microneedling device, it stimulates a strong wound healing response in the skin, making it a great companion to rejuvenation treatments. The result is smoother, more radiant, and youthful skin.
Immediately following PRF or PRF gel treatments, you may experience some redness or swelling at the treatment site, but these should go down after a few hours. Avoid touching the face and taking anti-inflammatory medication, in order to keep the healing and growth process in action.
A series of PRF treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results, and then yearly or twice-yearly maintenance appointments are scheduled to provide lasting benefits. You and your provider will partner up to create a personalized treatment plan best suited to your concerns and aesthetic desires.
Fargo Dermatology is committed to providing a high level of medical, surgical, and aesthetic care to patients in the Southeastern North Dakota area. Our incredible team puts professionalism and quality first to help patients achieve their aesthetic desires. Are you interested in learning more about PRF? Schedule a consultation at our Fargo location to start your rejuvenation journey.
Do PRF injections hurt?
Lidocaine injections are given to numb skin prior to PRF injections. Most patients experience pressure feeling during injections. Like with all aesthetic injection treatments, there is some discomfort with the procedure but does tend to be well-managed and well-tolerated by patients.
Is PRF a good alternative to Botox?
PRF works to improve skin integrity and overall skin health while Botox relaxes muscles that may cause some unwanted wrinkles. Depending on your goals, Botox and PRF would compliment each other but not replace each other.
How long do the results of PRF last?
PRF treatments are done in a series to boost results over time. Once the initial series is complete, it is recommended that you do annual PRF treatments to enhance and maintain results. It is also recommended to use medical grade skin care to boost and maintain results like Vitamin C, zinc-based sunscreen, retinol and tretinoin.
What is the difference between PRF and PRF Gel?
PRF is the liquid plasma component of your blood that has white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and your own growth factors. PRF gel is made by heating your own plasma that then becomes a gel-like substance that we then mix your PRF with to be able to inject your bodys own grown factors to create some volume support as well as deliver the PRF to the tissues needing the regenerative properties.
Does PRF tighten the skin?
PRF helps to deliver growth factors to the tissues it is injected in for improvement and maintaining of healthy skin integrity. Our skin loses its ability to produce collagen as we get older. Collagen and elastin are two components of the skin that provide support, elasticity and healthy glow to the skin. PRF helps to boost collagen and elastin production.
What does PRF treatment do?
PRF delivers those growth factors to our aging tissues to provide enhancement to those tissues over time. It is 100 percent your own regenerative product. Assists with providing healthy skin from the inside out.
Is PRF better than PRP?
PRF is all-natural. There is no coating, additive, or anticoagulant present in the lab tubes, and it is proven to release a higher concentration of growth factors for a longer period of time, than PRP.
How many sessions of PRF do you need?
PRF and PRF gel treatments are done six weeks apart for two to three treatments, depending on your goal and treatment discussed at your consultation.nnIt is so very important to have a consultation with your provider to customize a plan that fits your goals - there is not a one size fits all approach to building and maintaining beautiful, natural results. Consultation and planning is key.