What is the difference between platelet rich plasma (PRP) and platelet rich fibrin (PRF)?
PRF is often called “the new generation” of PRP. It is spun at a slower speed which creates a solution that’s more rich in healing cells. Unlike PRP tubes that usually contain an anti-coagulant (a product that keeps the blood from clotting) PRF is 100% natural.
Without an anticoagulant the PRF turns into a gel-like consistency in the body and therefore takes longer to break down; leaving more time for healing cells to be released. In aesthetic medicine this gel also has a temporary filler like result that eventually breaks down and is replaced by healthy new cells and collagen.
Because PRF is proving to be a more advanced and effective form of PRP it is what is primarily recommended at EMA over PRP.
Is PRF safe?
PRF has a very high safety profile. Since it is from the patient’s own blood there should be no risk for a reaction. Overall it is much safer than any synthetic counterpart that would be injected for aesthetic or medical purposes.
The most significant known side effects that are possible would be 1. hemosiderin staining (a rust colored stain) if too many red blood cells are present with injection, or 2. theoretically a vascular occlusion would be possible if a large amount of fibrin matrix was injected directly into a vessel (no known reported cases). All precautions are taken to avoid any side effects.
Do PRF procedures hurt?
A blood draw is required to obtain the PRF which will feel like getting your blood drawn for regular lab work. Drinking extra water the day prior and morning of your appointment will make the blood draw portion go more smoothly.
For a facial procedure there should be no additional discomfort caused by the PRF. For injection there will be additional needle pokes and the amount will very depending on area treated and whether needle or cannula are used.
How long until I’ll see results from PRF?
Results get better over time as collagen forms for aesthetic procedures. People will often notice an immediate difference that fades over 2-3 weeks then continues to get better again over several months. When used in combination with filler the results are immediate and last as long as the type of filler used (or longer with the addition of PRF).
Are payment plans available for PRF treatments?
Financing is offered through Square, you can read more about it and apply HERE.
Discounts are also available when multiple procedures are booked together. Get in touch or book a free consult for more information 🙂 .