What is it?
PRP stands for “Platelet Rich Plasma” and PRF stands for “Platelet Rich Fibrin”. Both are derived from a patient’s own blood and both contain platelets and growth factors, which help stimulate dormant hair follicles, collagen and fibrin production in the skin where it is re-injected. The main difference is that PRP is spun at a higher speed in the centrifuge, contains less platelets and also contains an anticoagulant. They are both effective but current research suggests PRF may be more efficacious due to the increased concentration of platelets.
What does it do?
PRF/PRP is used to treat many different conditions in the aesthetic and medical world. In medicine, it can be used to heal tendon and ligament injuries. Tiger Woods for example, had PRP injections to help heal his sprained ankle.
In Aesthetics, PRF/PRP is used primarily for hair restoration and to improve skin texture, firmness and overall appearance. For hair restoration, it promotes healthy follicles and helps near dormant follicles become healthy again, which results in the regrowth of hair. It can be successful in treating various types of hair loss but it is recommended that the patient have a consult to ensure it will be a good treatment option for them. PRF/PRP is also used to inject the under eye area. This helps improve dark circles and that “tired” appearance most of us have. We also use it during skin resurfacing procedures such as micro-needling. During this procedure the PRP is pushed into the deeper layers of the skin where it helps with skin tone, texture and, over time, collagen production and firmness. The growth factors in the serum also reduce the recovery time of the micro-needling procedure.
PRF/PRP is a great option for people who want a 100% natural and safe approach to their aesthetic concerns. Results are gradual, and treatment is a long term commitment. For best results we recommend one treatment every 4-6 weeks for 3 or 4 treatments, or until desired effects are achieved, then every 6 months for maintenance.