What To Expect With PRP & PRF Injections
PRP and PRF treatments effectively treat wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, fade dark spots, and stimulate hair growth. However, there are differences in the technical aspect and potency of platelets.
When making platelet-rich fibrin treatments, a higher amount of blood is needed. Your provider uses a centrifuge to spin the blood at a low speed to ensure the separation of its components. The resulting layer includes a higher concentration of platelets, white blood cells, stem cells, and fibrin. PRF treatments yield better results due to the fibrin matrix that signals platelets to release their growth factors slowly for better healing. The matrix contains 8-10 times more growth factors that remain active for one week, making PRF a better treatment for hair restoration and under-eye injections. The first visible results occur within three months, with final results visible 6-12 months later. The ultimate benefits of PRF treatments are brighter, healthier, and smoother skin.
Under eyes: With under-eye treatments for dark circles, your eyes remain puffy for 2-5 days due to the gradual release of the growth factors in PRF.
Lips: A PRF injection is the best solution for increased lip volume. It also improves lip redness and the appearance of vertical lines. The injection swells your lips for 2-3 days. The slow growth factor release plumps up your lips to increase volume over time. For best results, you should have lip injections within eight weeks, then 8-12 months after the first. The effect of PRF lip injections lasts for 1-2 years.
Hair restoration: Hair loss treatments with PRF stimulate growth to curb thinning. Hair restoration treatments consist of 3 sessions 1 one month apart. For best results, you should have maintenance treatments every 3-6 months.
When making platelet-rich plasma treatments, a small amount of your blood is spun at a higher speed in a centrifuge to allow the separation of platelets and plasma from other blood components. Your provider adds the PRP treatment to a vial of anticoagulants to prevent clotting after injection.
PRP has fewer growth factors that remain active for a few hours after injection. The treatment works better for procedures that take longer to prepare for, such as a micro-needling session. A PRP injection after procedures like cuff rotator repairs is common to curb pain and boost mobility.