PRP and PRF

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What Is PRF and PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for several decades as an injectable procedure in various surgical and medical applications to aid in improved and faster healing, as well as to reduce pain. PRP is a form of cosmetic injectable treatment that uses a patient’s own platelet rich plasma. The plasma contains stem cells and growth rich platelets. After injecting the patient’s own plasma back into their skin, the body accelerates the natural production of collagen and elastin which provides overall skin rejuvenation. 

Plasma comes directly from an individual, extracted from one’s blood, which is thought to promote healing when plasma is isolated through centrifuge, removing plasma and red blood cells to provide a much higher concentration of platelets; these are the most important factors to growth and regeneration of cells. These platelets are then injected back into the patient’s skin, in the specified area requiring rejuvenation. Because the tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections, the body’s tissues stimulate a faster healing process.

Key Benefits

PRP is effective at rejuvenating:

While PRP is considered safe for most people, it’s not recommended for anyone who has one of the following medical conditions:

These conditions negatively affect your platelets, making them unable to deliver the expected results.

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Patient Concerns

Patients who have never tried PRP may have concerns that it is not safe or that the injection sites may scar.  The treatment is considered very safe due to the extraction and injection of the patient’s own plasma. Microneedling (with or without PRP) intentionally causes minor trauma to the skin to stimulate the body’s healing and regeneration response. A minor amount of bleeding is part of this process. The “Vampire Facial” can be performed in either of two ways; PRP can be injected after microneedling to offer a more enhanced outcome, or PRP can be injected under the skin prior to microneedling. The platelets hold blood-clotting properties so injection of one’s own PRP actually makes microneedling less bloody. When PRP is spread over microneedled skin, it stops the bleeding.


PROCEDURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Results over several months
  • In-office non-surgical injectable treatment
  • Can increase results with additional procedures such as adding additional injectables outside of the patient’s own plasma

FAQs

Over the past decade, PRP has become a well-known and very popular treatment in the field of aesthetics for hair rejuvenation.

Doctors have injected a patient’s own PRP into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. According to research Trusted Source from 2014, injections are effective in treating androgenic alopecia, which is also known as male pattern baldness. It is now also used regularly as an effective treatment for hair transplants and regrowth of hair in women struggling with alopecia as well as thinning hair due to age and hormonal changes in the body.

Another treatment in which PRP is widely used is called a Vampire Facial: the goal of this procedure is to use our one’s own Plasma and inject it across the face to promote skin regrowth, collagen and rejuvenation of the skin. Typically, the process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. You’ll then receive microneedling or microdermabrasion. This can be accompanied with or without radio frequency depending upon the patient’s concerns. 

This is a great treatment to use under the eyes for those that have a “tear drop” fullness under the lashline or drooping, excess, or puffy skin under the eyes to tighten the skin. As lasers are unsafe to use on this area of the face, PRP is an effective aesthetic treatment used under the eyes among many other areas on the face, head, neck, Décolletage and hands.

PRP is a 3-step procedure.

  1. A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm.
  2. The tube with your blood is then placed into a machine that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood (this process is called centrifuging).
  3. Your provider will then re-inject the layer of your blood, the concentrated platelets, back into your skin in the areas designated previously by your provider using a syringe or via means of microneedling.  The procedure usually takes between one hour to one hour and 15 minutes.

PRP has a number of benefits. The treatment can improve skin texture and tone, reduce fine lines and scarring, and stimulate collagen and skin cell production for a fuller, more vibrant complexion.

PRP is a great treatment for anyone that has concerns about any areas of skin that are starting to lose elasticity and volume. It’s also a highly effective method for stimulating your body’s cells to produce new, healthier looking skin. It is extremely effective for the delicate under eye area where often patients notice signs of ageing first and where no laser can be used. It is also used to increase the skin’s structure and overall health, especially with sun damaged skin.

Before you start getting PRP injections it is extremely important to stop taking certain medications that thin your blood. These include ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids.  During the consultation with our PRP provider, she will provide further information you may need to prepare for this treatment.

Avoid Sun exposure, Extreme Heat or Cold and Tanning Beds

Post Treatment Recovery, Timeline for results and Guidance

  • Recovery Expectations 
  • The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after several weeks to several months for the Vampire Facial, although results may show a noticeable difference more quickly around the eye area
  • Injections into the scalp for hair rejuvenation may take up to six months to see the full results, though many patients notice a difference much sooner
  • The results are not permanent and patients may require additional injections depending upon
    discussions with your provider. The results vary from patient to patient and depends upon the area being treated
  • Immediately after treatment we ask that you avoid laying flat for 3-4 hours


For 48 Hours After Procedure

  • Do not massage or rub the areas treated with PRP
  • Avoid Strenuous Exercise, Sun, Extreme Heat or Cold and Tanning Beds