In recent times, aesthetic medicine has seen a dramatic increase in the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which is used in so-called "vampire facials."
A new form of platelet-rich plasma has now come on the scene, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), which is already causing much excitement with its potential to enhance treatments
Blood sample collection
Our Nurse will collect a small sample of your blood as you would normally conduct when you have your routine blood test
The blood collected gets separated from the rich platlet plasma in our laboratory thanks to a centrifuge machine
The platlet Rich Plasma gets injected in the face skin or any part were your skin needs a rejuvenation process. The PRP ignite the process.
4 - Results
The rejuvenate cells promote the new creation of collagen in your face/skin. End results speak for itself
PRP and PRF is also used to help restore hair growth and the process by which wounds heal.
Platelet Rich Fibrin Specifically (PRF), has the potential to enhance treatments provided by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and dental professionals. We asked the experts to tell us what's so special about this new kid on the block.
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Facial plastic surgeon Min S Ahn, MD, from Westborough, MA, explained that when the body is injured, fibrin forms around the injury as a sort of scaffold. Platelets subsequently bind to this fibrin and begin to release growth factors, which, in turn, build new skin cells, collagen and blood vessels to help the wound to heal. By using a centrifuge, scientists can now create a fibrin "scaffold" from your own blood that will be rich in platelets and white blood cells. When this is used in plastic surgery, it can fill in facial folds, promote the survival of fat cells and help those who have had facelifts to heal more quickly.
On the surface, this sounds quite familiar to those who know about PRP. However, according to Dilip D Madnani, MD, a facial plastic surgeon from New York, there is a crucial difference, and once it's been thoroughly studied and tested, it will make PRF more effective than PRP. Dr. Madnani explained that PRF releases its growth factors in a staggered fashion over time, making its benefits continue over a longer term as it increases collagen and elastin levels in the skin by stimulating stem cells. Dr. Ahn added that PRF platelets have a better survival rate than PRP platelets, and so healing is accelerated.
Both these experts warned that PRF is by no means a mainstream treatment and may not be for some time, although it has been successfully used in trials to heal wounds and its safety is not in question. Dentists are using PRF to help bones to heal, especially in implants, and aesthetic enhancement may well be next in line.
However, nurses did caution that the use of PRF is still at the experimental stage; as such, if you find a qualified expert who is offering this treatment, you should be cautious. Ask for evidence of previous successes and, if possible, speak to patients who have already undergone PRF therapy from the same certified nurse.