Injectable Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is the main component in a revolutionary injectable treatment that harnesses the regenerative properties of your own blood for all-natural facial rejuvenation. PRF is an additive-free substance that is harvested from a blood sample and reinjected to volumize areas of the face for a more youthful look. Clinical studies have proven that the combination of white blood cells and platelets embedded in fibrin matrices can stimulate biological processes that lead to skin renewal and the development of new collagen beneath the skin. Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt is highly trained in this state-of-the-art procedure and is excited to be offering this advanced anti-aging treatment to his patients.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
Platelet rich fibrin is a natural substance derived from the blood. This substance contains a high volume of leukocytes (white blood cells), platelets, and fibrin, three of the most important building blocks of natural wound healing and tissue regeneration. PRF is collected from the patient’s own blood sample and reinjected into areas of the face for dynamic skin rejuvenation. While PRF is a relatively new approach in facial aesthetics, it is frequently incorporated into many medical and dental treatments, such as bone grafts and periodontal procedures, to promote tissue healing and regeneration.
Benefits of PRF
Platelet rich fibrin offers many advantages as an injectable cosmetic treatment:
- All-natural and additive-free
- Not a synthetic dermal filler
- Results can be long-lasting
- Stimulates the body’s natural wound healing response
- Releases regenerative growth factors
- Can replace diminished facial volume
- Can improve skin quality and texture
- Produces soft, natural-looking results
At The Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, Dr. Hunt uses PRF injections to treat the following cosmetic concerns:
- Deflated or hollowed cheeks
- Sunken areas beneath the eyes
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Volume loss around the mouth and chin
- Deep acne scars
If you are interested in learning more about PRF and would like to find out if PRF injections may be right for you, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunt.
How Does PRF Differ from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
You may have heard of PRP, which is platelet rich plasma. PRP is different from PRF in that it does not contain fibrin. Fibrin is the component that causes the PRF to clot beneath the skin after injection, providing a scaffolding structure which promotes the release of growth factors and the formation of new collagen. Scientific studies have shown that the presence of fibrin enhances the delivery and survival of platelet growth factors, which leads to greater rejuvenation and volumization of the treatment area.
The PRF Procedure
Prior to performing the PRF procedure, Dr. Hunt will inform you of what you can expect both during and after treatment. Because the PRF treatment is all-natural, there is little—if any—tissue inflammation or swelling to be concerned about. Most patient are able to return to their normal activities immediately.
To collect PRF, a blood sample is spun at a high rate of speed in a centrifuge to separate the PRF from the remainder of the blood. The PRF is a yellowish, clear substance that rises to the top of the test tube. It is then extracted with a syringe and injected directly into selected areas of the face for rejuvenation. After approximately 10 minutes, the injected liquid PRF sample clots beneath the skin and essentially acts as a dermal filler. Once in the skin, the PRF begins to produce growth factors, which rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, improving skin quality and texture while creating new collagen.
Typically, Dr. Hunt recommends multiple PRF treatments spaced approximately one month apart to achieve optimal results. The details of your fully customized treatment plan will depend on your unique needs and cosmetic goals. Some patients may even opt to explore other non-surgical skin rejuvenation options such as laser skin resurfacing or dermal fillers to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation in conjunction with PRF. During your consultation with Dr. Hunt, he can inform you of the many aesthetic options we offer to help you look your very best.
The volumizing results of treatment are visible immediately; however, some of the initial volume will diminish as the skin heals and rejuvenates. Improvements in skin quality should be apparent within one to two weeks of treatment and continue to progress thereafter. The results of collagen formation will typically be most visible at about three months from treatment. Volume gained with PRF injections can last for up to one year or more depending on your treatment response, tissue quality, and number of treatment sessions. Our patients are generally thrilled with their smoother, younger-looking skin, and many plan to continue additional PRF treatments in the future to promote graceful facial aging.
If you have questions about PRF, contact The Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay to connect with a knowledgeable member of our staff.