Platelet Rich Fibrin or PRF is quickly becoming an integral aspect of cosmetic treatments for skin rejuvenation. This procedure uses the patient’s own blood, spun at a very specific speed and duration to separate out the PRF from the other blood components. This undoubtably makes it the most organic cosmetic injectable ever.
When injected into the skin, the platelets attach to the fibrin network and release the growth factors that are responsible for creating new skin cells, collagen, and blood vessels. These growth factors are key to helping reverse the telltale signs of aging.
PRF injections naturally enhance facial volume through collagen production. They can increase skin elasticity and improve its texture and thickness reducing fine lines and wrinkles. They are also applied to smooth creepy skin and improve scar appearance. In essence, the advantages of PRF treatments in the rejuvenation of skin quality make it a lot more than just a trendy treatment. And, the versatility of its use gives patients the choice to either have it injected alone or in combination with hyaluronic acid fillers for optimal results.
Compared to PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) – similarly separated from red blood cells – PRF has a higher concentration of platelets, fibrin, white blood cells, and stem cells. This is due to a slower spinning speed during the extraction process that allows for the retention of a richer solution. This also makes for a slower release of the growth factors after injection, delivering a longer-lasting anti-aging treatment. That said, deciding on a PRF or a PRP injection comes down to the nature of treatment and its ultimate goals.
PRF Injections for the Face:
- The platelets rich treatments promote tissue healing, skin tightening and smoothing
- Promote collagen growth
- Tissue regeneration
- Smoother skin texture
- Younger looking skin
- Soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin tone
- Increase plumpness
- Safe on all skin colors
FAQ’s – PRF Injections for the Face
What is a PRF injection?
Platelet Rich Fibrin – PRF is derived from your own blood making it a purely organic skin rejuvenation treatment. It contains a high concentration of platelets, fibrin, and white blood cells, along with a small number of stem cells. Activated by contact with body tissues, they are like little “powerhouses” that increase blood flow and release proteins called growth factors.
What are Growth Factors?
Growth factors stimulate new collagen formation/production, and boost skin healing. They activate the multi-potent stem cells in the skin, tricking them into thinking that an injury occurred. New skin tissue is generated as a result giving you a more youthful skin.
Is PRF the Same as PRP?
Both PRP and PRF are derived from the patient’s own blood, and are used in a similar manner. There are key differences however. Because the blood is spun at a slower speed during PRF extraction, the final solution retains a higher count of platelets. Also, PRF is completely natural whereas PRP production uses an anticoagulant to prevent the blood sample from clotting while it is processed. The absence of these additives in PRF allows fibrin – a component of clots – to form. Therefore, the final PRF solution forms a sort of scaffold or matrix that enables the slower release of platelets after injection, and delivers longer-lasting as a result. Your practitioner will thoroughly discuss the best option for you during your PRF and PRP skin treatments consultation.
How does the PRF injection work?
The PRF – Platelet Rich Fibrin is injected below the skin into the areas where there has been a loss of volume and wrinkles, and where crepey skin has appeared. When the growth factors penetrate the face, the multi-potent stem cells are activated to grow new tissue. This new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue (for smoothness), and new blood vessels (for a healthy glow).This natural process can stimulate collagen production and sculpt a younger appearing face without looking overdone.
What are the 2 different PRF injection options?
For each treatment option listed below, a small sample of blood is drawn from the patient at the beginning of the treatment process. It is then put in a centrifuge, which spins it allowing its heavier components to sink to the bottom of the container, while the lighter platelets and plasma stay at the top. The PRF is then harvested from the top of the vial into a syringe to be used for treatment.
*PRF Facelift with (HA)Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler:
- While the blood spins in the centrifuge, the injector uses HA dermal fillers such as RHA, Voluma, or Restylane to create a beautiful facial shape.
- Finally, the PRF is injected into the face to give it a rejuvenating effect. The PRF can be injected all over the patient’s face or in specific treatment sites, or areas of concern, such as for under- eye treatment.
- PRF injection benefits are an immediate increase in skin tissue volume and wrinkles’ smoothing.
*PRF Injections without HA Injectable Fillers:
- Blood from the patient is drawn and put in a centrifuge machine, which spins and separates into its components. After spinning, the PRF is harvested from the top of the vial into a syringe.
- Then the PRF is injected into the treatment area to give it a rejuvenating effect. It can be injected all over the patient’s face or in specific areas of concern.
- PRF facial treatments, such as under – eye injections are completely safe. The major advantage of opting for PRF procedures is that you are treated in a natural way, with your own body substance. This makes them increasingly requested amongst several non – invasive treatments for skin rejuvenation. It’s as natural as it gets!
When the growth factors enter the face the multi-potent stem cells become activated to grow new tissue. This new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue (for smoothness), and new blood vessels (for a healthy glow).
What can I expect from this treatment?
The growth factors in the PRF will improve skin quality and texture, by stimulating new collagen. They can decrease dark circles and improve the hollowness in the under-eye area, which many of us struggle with, when used as an under- eye filler. PRF injections can also smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce skin pores. They deliver an overall rejuvenation of the face, especially when combined with other treatments and medical grade skin care products.
Who can benefit from getting a PRF Facial Injections?
Any age group can benefit from PRF. Younger patients in their 20s and 30s will notice an improved skin quality overall, and if you suffer from acne scarring this is excellent to add on to micro needling treatments. Clients with significant signs of aging from sun exposure and collagen breakdown will see a smoother lines, a reduction in wrinkles and crepey skin, and an increase in facial soft tissue volume. Those over 40 will probably benefit the most from PRF effects on reducing aging signs, and slowing down the aging process down the line.
How Long does it Take for PRF to Work?
Visible benefits and results from PRF injections are expected within 4-8 weeks of treatment. They continue to improve for 2 to 3 months and last up to 2 years!
How often can I get PRF injections?
It is recommended that clients 40 and older get a series of 3 PRF injection treatment sessions 4-6 weeks apart. Younger patients often notice benefits from one single PRF treatment. PRF injection results are long-lasting but not permanent, so once the initial treatment series is complete, it is recommended to have one treatment per year to maintain results.
Is it safe to drive after having PRF injections?
At The Laser Image Company, we treat clients with PRF injections for the face from Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Los Angeles. There is no trouble for them to drive post – treatment.
How much does PRF face injections cost?
For a single area, such as PRF under eye treatment, a PRF injection costs $550. When injected as an add-on to a regular facial filler, it costs $450. The number of syringes of the HA dermal filler needed to achieve your final treatment goal will be discussed with your practitioner ahead of the procedure.