PRF stands for platelet-rich fibrin, which is a powerful protein matrix rich in platelets, white blood cells, and growth factors connected by. The materials inside PRF are some of the body’s most potent healing constituents, normally deployed when we suffer some sort of trauma.
The regenerative power of PRF is so immense that its first uses were in dentistry. It’s not only able to impact tissue, but also to stimulate bone healing and growth, so it’s instrumental as a recovery tool post-surgery.
During a PRF treatment, we isolate these constituents from the patient’s own blood and then inject them where their ability to stimulate renewal is most needed. As an aesthetic treatment, it’s a natural alternative to fillers that can dramatically reduce wrinkles, add volume, and smooth the complexion.
A very small amount of blood is first withdrawn during the treatment – the precise quantity depends on the targeted treatment area. We then process the blood through an advanced centrifuge developed specifically for extracting PRF. The spin of the centrifuge is slow, which results in PRF’s incredibly potent makeup of healing constituents.
Once we have the PRF, it’s important to utilize it quickly, before it breaks down. In most clinics, the PRF is then injected directly into the treatment area. However, at Discovery Laser, we combine PRF with microneedling for even better results.
Using the DermaPen microneedling device, we are able to deliver the PRF to a very controlled depth using microneedles that are significantly less invasive to the skin. The microneedles distribute the PRF treatment much more evenly and precisely over a greater surface area. Microneedling, in itself, stimulates the skin’s natural repair mechanisms, thereby magnifying the impact of the PRF.
Immediately after the treatment, some swelling is perfectly normal. Over the coming months, the PRF will work to improve your skin’s behaviour, improving dermal thickness and collagen and elastin production. As a result, you can expect your skin to look plumper, healthier, smoother, and more youthful!
Whether you’re looking for more youthful skin or an increase in hair density, here are some of the benefits you can expect from PRP:
We can inject PRF in nearly any area where you’re experiencing signs of aging. That said, these are the most popular target regions for this amazing technology:
The most popular use for PRF is under the eyes, where it stimulates the new production of collagen to create thicker, healthier skin. Research shows that it effectively adds natural volume under the eyes, so it’s a phenomenal filler alternative, helping to reduce fine lines, hollowness under the eyes, and dark circles.
The nasolabial folds are deep lines that start by the side of the nose and go down to the mouth. They’re often difficult to treat, and many patients aren’t interested in addressing them with fillers like Juvederm. PRF offers a more subtle treatment by filling in the folds in the short term and working long term to improve skin firmness by stimulating new collagen activity.
Like PRP, PRF has also been shown to improve hair follicle function. It works by helping to activate hair follicles in areas where there was previously no hair, while also prolonging the hair growth phase to improve hair length and thickness.
Because PRF is derived from the patient’s own blood, without any additives, there is almost no risk of adverse events. That said, there are some minor side effects that are quite common and to be expected: