What is PRP?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a concentrate obtained from a patient’s blood. After blood has been drawn, the blood is prepared using a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, and the growth factors along with them.
What is PRF?
PRF, or platelet-rich fibrin, is a blood concentrate created in a similar fashion to PRP, but in which coagulation is not inhibited. As a result, during centrifugation, or sometimes shortly after delivery, PRF thickens into a fibrin gel. Like PRP, PRF is rich in naturally occurring growth factors.
Difference Between PRP and PRF
PRP generally has anywhere from two to five times more platelets than what is naturally found in the body while PRF has up to 10 times more platelets. Additionally, due to its thickness, PRF can be used naturally in applications where fillers are often used.
Benefits of PRP & PRF
Because PRP remains liquid, and is rich in growth factors, it can be combined to great effect with fractionating treatments such as microneedling or Morpheus 8 radiofrequency microneedling. The addition of PRP can enhance fantastic results for patients in all age groups. Many patients say they look better when they finish the initial series of PRP injections. And, because PRP can be easily and quickly created from their own blood, there are no donor issues to consider.
PRF, like PRP, can stimulate the remodeling of skin and the creation of new collagen. Since PRF is thicker, and forms a gel, it can be combined with facial volumizing treatments such as fillers to enhance their effect. Just as PRP can enhance the already terrific effect of a fractionating treatment, PRF can magnify and extend the result of a filler. PRF is often used with great results under the eyes.
What can I expect?
Typically there is little or no significant downtime with PRF and PRP treatments. Therefore, patients can start treatments immediately and carry on with their day’s regularly scheduled activities.
However, some patients may experience some tenderness or stiffness in the treated area in the days following treatment. Also, some patients may experience bruising, redness, swelling, numbness, tingling, or itching at injection sites.
What is the process?
A patient’s blood is harvested, containing platelets and growth factors that stimulate collagen production. Platelets are a natural source of growth factors, which encourage tissue repair and cell proliferation.
As with all cosmetic treatments, results will vary from patient to patient. Patients should expect a series of treatments for an optimal outcome.
Not all patients are good candidates for PRP or PRF. All treatments should be performed by experienced medical professionals like the experts at Juvenessence Medical Aesthetics.