Platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin are not new to the medical community. These autologous serums have been used extensively in specialties such as orthopedics and sports medicine to accelerate patient healing and recovery after injuries or surgeries.
Made from the patient’s own blood, PRP and PRF contain properties to encourage the body to naturally repair and rejuvenate itself. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we harness the healing capabilities of PRP and PRF to help patients who want to enjoy fresher, younger-looking skin or thicker hair.
What They Are For
PRP and PRF are extremely versatile and used to treat a wide variety of aesthetic concerns, including the following:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Uneven skin texture or tone
- Generally dull-looking skin
- Hair loss
There are several different ways to administer PRP and PRF. The blood products can be applied topically or injected directly into the skin or scalp. Our team often incorporates PRP or PRF into laser, microneedling and filler treatments. PRP or PRF as treatment add-ons speed up healing and enhance and extend the longevity of the results.
What They Contain
PRP and PRF both contain higher-than-normal amounts of platelets, which are parts of the blood with natural healing properties and other regenerative materials. Platelets trigger cellular turnover, tissue regrowth and collagen and elastin production.
PRF is considered the “second-generation” of platelet therapy because it contains a higher number of platelets than PRP as well as additional elements, including white cells, growth factors and stem cells. Higher concentrations of platelets offer more effective skin rejuvenation. And, unlike PRP, which contains an anticoagulant to prevent blood from clotting too quickly, PRF is completely natural and contains no anticoagulant agents.
How They Are Created
The processes to collect and produce PRP and PRF are similar. Both require a simple blood draw. The blood is then processed through a centrifuge, which separates its distinct parts.
The blood is spun at different speeds to create the separate serums. Higher speeds separate the heavier white blood cells and stem cells from the lighter platelets and plasma, and lower speeds do not separate the parts of the blood as distinctly.
To create PRP serum, the blood sample is spun through the centrifuge at higher speeds, separating out the plasma and platelets. To create PRF serum, the blood sample is spun at lower speeds, leaving some of the white blood cells and stem cells within the platelet layer. The serums are then drawn into syringes for use.
Because PRF does not contain any clotting agents, the blood product must be used quickly after collection and processing. The anticoagulant agent in PRP allows for some wiggle room between the time the blood sample is collected and processed and the time it must be injected or applied to the skin or scalp.
Learn More about PRP and PRF
Facial Aesthetic Concepts is proud to offer the latest and greatest techniques to rejuvenate your skin or address hair loss. If you are interested in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) — either as standalone treatments or in conjunction with other procedures — our team is happy to tell you more about their similarities and differences. We will customize a treatment plan to your specific needs, goals and preferences.
Call or email us today to request a consultation with our skin care experts.