Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Many patients are already aware of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The next generation of PRP is platelet rich ﬁbrin (PRF).
PRP and PRF both utilize growth factors within your own plasma to help stimulate improvements in skin quality. Both techniques are also very effective at stimulating hair growth and are an important component of an overall strategy for hair restoration in men as well as women.
Platelet-rich ﬁbrin (PRF) offers several advantages over PRP.
PRF processed with the EZPRF system has a higher concentration of platelets than most PRP processing techniques.
Mesenchymal stem cells present within PRF are typically not found within PRP at signiﬁcant concentrations.
PRF has a more gradual release of growth factors over several weeks which gives a better long-term beneﬁt. With PRP, everything is released within the ﬁrst few hours.
PRF contains zero additives or anti-coagulants like those that are used during the processing of PRP.
PRF does provide some volume on its own, and PRF is better at volumizing than platelet rich plasma. However, the volume improvements tend to fade faster than traditional ﬁllers. For this reason, PRF is often combined with other ﬁllers such as Restylane or Sculptra for an enhanced outcome to boost the results of the ﬁllers and also provide added beneﬁts for improving skin quality.
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Why Consider Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) can:
- Reduce dark circles under the eyes
- Improve skin tone and increase collagen
- Naturally add volume to the face
- Stimulate hair growth
Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Dr. Rodwell is committed to constant education and advancement in the ﬁeld of facial plastic surgery, and PRF is an exciting new treatment option available for patients.
PRF injections are best used as part of an overall global approach to improving the appearance and addressing facial aging in multiple areas. Combination approaches with ﬁllers or laser skin resurfacing can provide added beneﬁt.
PRF treatments are easily performed in the ofﬁce without downtime. A small sample of your own blood is drawn and then gently processed with a low-speed centrifuge technique to prepare the PRF before injecting in the areas to be treated. A topical numbing cream can be used prior to the PRF treatment to minimize any discomfort.
What to Expect After Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Some mild swelling is to be expected, and bruising can occur just like with any other injections. Light activity is advised for 24 hours before returning to your normal routine.
Because the PRF treatments stimulate your skin with growth factors there are some long-term beneﬁts that take time to develop. For most patients a series of 2-4 treatments spaced 1 month apart will provide the best overall results and help maintain the beneﬁts longer.
If you are considering platelet rich ﬁbrin (PRF) in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.