What is the difference between PRP and PRF?
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) are both autologous platelet concentrates prepared from patients’ own blood which become the body’s own healing serum.
The properties found in PRP and PRF make them superior products compared to man-made products for uses in skin care procedures such as microneedling and injections. By drawing a patient’s blood and using their own plasma for these treatments, we are utilizing the purest and most natural form of growth factors possible, giving exceptional results treating anti-aging, acne scarring, skin tone and texture.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is the derivative of blood centrifuged at a high speed. The blood is separated into two distinct layers, leaving the heavier red, white and stem cells to collect at the bottom. In the meantime, the lighter weight platelets and plasma are able to be collected from the top of a tube containing an anticoagulant.
What is PRF?
Platelet Rich Fibrin is the next-generation PRP. It is the derivative of blood centrifuged at a low speed separating the blood into layers that are not as distinct as with PRP. This allows some of the white cells, growth factors and stem cells, along with the platelets, to be collected from a tube which has no anticoagulant additive. It is these additional elements that make PRF a much more desired product when used in skin care treatments.
PRP is still a very powerful product, and will definitely help with reducing fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring, but it may take more treatments to achieve the desired results. However, since the PRP is collected in a tube containing an anticoagulant it does allow for a lot more leeway in the time we have to inject or microneedle it into the skin.
PRF on the other hand, has only 15 minutes from the time of draw to use because it is collected in a tube without anticoagulant.
How do we use PRP and PRF?
As mentioned earlier, in the med spa setting, PRP and PRF are used to treat anti-aging, acne scarring, skin tone and texture. The exact procedure depends on the individual’s indications, and sometimes that could be more than one procedure. For instance, if a patient is concerned with fine lines and skin texture, they might just need to have microneedling. For deep wrinkles, under eye discoloration and puffiness, injections will most likely be needed. In this case the PRP or PRF are used much the same way as we use regular fillers and botox injections. The number of treatments will depend on the client’s desired outcome, skin condition and will be discussed in the initial consultation.
What is the process?
Blood is drawn from the patient and collected in either a tube with the anticoagulant for PRP or without anticoagulant for PRF. It is then centrifuged accordingly and just the very concentrated portion of the product is drawn into a syringe for use. As mentioned before, these by-products of the blood are the most natural, pure and potent form of material which can be administered into the skin to obtain the most natural looking results for anti-aging, acne scarring and healing.
What can I expect?
The PRF treatments provide even longer lasting results as they continue to release growth factors over time. A series of 3 treatments, 3-6 weeks apart provides the most corrective and rejuvenating results. The treatment results may vary for each patient due to several factors like age, skin issues, and at-home routine.