PRF/PRP AT WELLSPRING
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections use your own body's platelets to promote and accelerate healthy growth. If you have ever heard of PRP injections, PRF is the next generation of platelet use, with all the benefits of PRP and much more!
Samples of your own blood are spun to concentrate the plasma, or "Liquid Gold", as its known in the industry, where it is re-injected at treatment sites. Most commonly, PRF is injected under the eyes to reduce darkness and improve volume loss. Traditional filler products in the under eye area often give the appearance of "puffy eyes" or "over-filled", where PRF does not!
Typically, we recommend 3 treatments, each one month apart. To help with this, consider our Under-Eye PRF Treatment Package!
BEFORE & AFTER
Because of the thin skin and displaced fat pads under the eye, this area tends to show signs of aging first. This area is also difficult to treat as neurotoxins and fillers can have long term complications. Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) and Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) are safe, natural alternatives to traditional cosmetic procedures.
Typically, we recommend 3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. To help with this, consider our Under-Eye PRF Treatment Package!
What is the difference between PRP and PRF?
The main differences between PRP and PRF is the concentration of growth factors and the protocol for obtaining these factors.
We acquire both PRP and PRF through straightforward blood draws. We then place the vials of blood in a centrifuge, which spins the blood down. This ensure the red blood cells settle to the bottom, leaving the growth factors at the top for extraction.
For PRP protocols, we draw blood with a reagent to separate the red blood cells chemically. The speed at which the centrifuge spins the blood is another main difference. This leads to a higher concentration of RBC free plasma. This also delivers excessive growth factors and stem cells to the bottom of the tube, making it impossible to remove them.
In contrast, PRP treatments utilize a plain glass tube making this proceed 100% natural. The blood spins at a slower speed, keeping more stem cells and growth factors at the top, available for use.
How does PRF work?
Our bodies have the natural ability to repair wear and tear and for wound healing. There are factors constantly floating around in our blood components ready to do just that. These factors stimulate cellular processes that produce collagen and elastin.
When we spin the blood down in our centrifuge, we are specifically concentrating the growth factors and stem cells we want. We then take this growth factors and re-inject them into the treatment area to stimulate collagen and elastin. In turn these plump the skin and restore volume loss naturally. Overall, this leads to a skin rejuvenating process that is natural.
Where can you use plasma treatments?
Platelet rich plasma skin treatments are becoming more popular as patients seek minimally invasive, natural solutions to slow signs of aging. PRF injections have the nice feature of being usable anywhere! Most commonly PRF treatments involve the under eye as this is a delicate place to treat. Using PRF in the infraorbital hollow improves skin tone, volume loss and removes the complications that fillers impose.
Other common injection areas include the scalp to treat hair loss. Injections in the forehead and lower face are also common. We also love PRF in combination with microneedling or post laser therapy for decreased downtime and improved results. People commonly know these treatments as a vampire facial.
What is the treatment process like?
We start all of our visits with a complimentary consultation to see if you are a good candidate for PRF injections. You should let your provider know if you have chronic medical problems and what medications you take. These factors including your overall health can have an impact on your results.
After the consultation, we begin with a blood draw in our office. Then proceed with the extraction process which takes roughly 5-10 minutes. During that time, the areas of treatment are numbing with topical or injectable numbing medications.
Once we prepare the blood, we proceed with the injections. For the under eye area, we typically use a cannula which is a blunt tip needle. This minimizes the risk of bruising and decreases patient discomfort.
What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
Your results are only as good as your overall health. Taking care of your body prior to your appointment is important for optimal results.
We recommend drinking plenty of fluids and exercising regularly leading up to your appointment. Avoid alcohol, blood thinners, aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and fish oil before your appointment. It is important to eat a healthy diet, full of lean meats and leafy vegetables.
What are common side effects?
Common side effects include localized swelling, bruising and tight skin surrounding the injections sites. Over the next few days, your body will absorb the excess volume, leaving behind the concentrated growth factors and reducing swelling.
Overall, patients tolerate PRF injections well with minimal to no downtime.
How many treatments will I need?
A customized treatment plan is an important step in the consultation process. There are many factors that impact the number of treatment sessions necessary. These factors include age, overall health, amount of volume loss and number of areas requiring treatment.
Generally, patients require 3 treatments initially, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. We then recommend once to twice yearly maintenance therapy.
Overall, we choose PRF injections for natural, long lasting results.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment Type: Injections
Appointment Duration: 60 minutes
Treatment Discomfort: 2/10
Treatment Frequency: 3 treatments spaced 1 month apart.
WHAT DOES PRF TREAT?
Under eye bags
Dark circles under eyes
Nasal labial fold wrinkles
Fine lines around the mouth
Lip volume loss
Signs of ageing
Follow up after two weeks.
Wait 2-4 weeks for your best results as your injections settle and swelling goes down.
Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet leading up and following injections.
Avoid alcohol and aggressive exercise for 24-48 hours post injection.
Do not massage your injections unless instructed to do so.
Avoid NSAIDs like Motrin or Ibuprofen for pain. Instead take Tylenol.