Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)

Tucson PRF (Platelet-rich fibrin)

PRF is a treatment that involves the use of your body’s own platelets and contains very high concentrations of white blood cells, fibrin and a small amount of stem cells found circulating in our bloodstreams. To create PRF the blood is spun at a lower speed so that the layers of the blood do not separate out as distinctly. This allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer, instead of being separated.

How does PRF work?

Fibrin is a response to an injury anywhere in the body. Platelets circulating in the blood will bind to a scaffold of fibrin. When platelets bind to the fibrin scaffold, growth factors are released. This starts the wound healing process by creating new skin cells, collagen and blood vessels. By injecting PRF into an area on the face or scalp, a controlled inflammatory response is created, which kick starts new cell growth, hair growth and collagen production.

How can PRF help me?

PRF is a treatment that involves the use of your own body’s cocktail of platelets. It helps by stimulating your skin and subcutaneous tissues which helps eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. This treatment can be used with fillers to enhance the effects of fillers. PRF used for under eye hollowing provides a younger look by stimulating the tissue and smoothing out the contour.

Common Reasons for PRF treatment

  • Hair loss
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  • Volume loss
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  • Symmetry adjustment
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  • Acne scarring
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  • Fine lines
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  • Wrinkles
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  • ✓ Under eye hollowing
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  • Dark circles under eyes

What should I know before PRF treatments?

It is recommended to drink plenty of water for the couple of days before treatment. Refrain from heavy exercise for 24 hours after procedure. Stop taking any blood thinners, fish oil, vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory medications ten days before treatment. Avoid alcohol and red wine four days before treatment. Eat a half fresh pineapple or take bromelain tablets four days before procedure. Consult with your doctor before you stop any medications.

What to expect after PRF treatments?

Do not rub area that was treated. Slight bruising and swelling are common side effect of PRF. These should resolve after a couple of days. Tylenol can be used for discomfort and arnica tablets/creams can be used for bruising.

Am I a candidate for PRF?

PRF is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. During your consultation we will determine if you are a good candidate for PRF.

PRF Before & After

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PRF FAQ

Comfort varies from person to person. we use a local anesthetic to make the process as comfortable as possible for you.

The vacutainer tubes are then placed in a centrifugal machine at 3000 revolutions per minute (rpm) for 5 minutes, and the middle fraction containing the fibrin clot is then collected 2 mm below lower dividing line, to obtain the PRF.

A typical procedure only takes about one hour.

It’s possible, however, we recommend you wait a couple of hours before applying make up to allow the area to fully heal.

PRF Treatment Timeline

Initial Visit
Followup Treatment
Maintenance
First Treatment
6 Weeks
As needed

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