What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) has a high concentration of white blood cells, fibrin and stem cells. This composition stimulates collagen and stem cell renewal, leaving smoother, more youthful-looking skin. It can also be placed in the scalp to help hair growth. When placed in the desired area for regeneration, bioactive proteins or growth factor contained in platelets set to work activating stem cells and dormant skin cells or hair follicles. Improvement is seen in skin appearance and health. As this is achieved using your own blood, there is no danger of an allergic reaction.
|One Treatment||$450- $750 – Depending on the area treated|
|Three Treatments||$1,050 – $2,000 – Depending on the area treated|
What is the difference between Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRF has been found to be more effective than PRP due to the release of more growth factors overtime. This means it continues to work after the procedure is done. PRF also stimulates faster healing than PRP.
Areas that can be treated include:
- Around the eyes – for fine lines and crepey skin
- Acne scarring
- Cheeks and mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw line and sub malar
- Back of hands
- Naturally stimulates skin rejuvenation
- Increases volume
- Skin density and fullness
- Your own blood is used so there is no danger of allergic reactions
- Holistic approach to skin rejuvenation
- Naturally stimulates hair growth
- Increases hair volume, density and fullness
- Increases survival and strength of existing hair
- Improves hair quality
- Decreases hair loss
- Overall high patient satisfaction
- Only non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment that has proven it’s efficacy
- Can be used in conjunction with other therapies and medications for hair loss
After treating facial areas, the skin will feel a little warm and may look pink/red, swollen, and possibly bruised. This can last one to four days.
For scalp treatments, there is no activity restriction after a PRF treatment. Patients may shower, shampoo, and condition hair as normal just several hours after treatment.
However, harsh chemicals, colouring or perming should not be performed for at least 72 hours. Some brief mild inflammation, redness/pinkness, or numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours.
Most PRF therapy requires three treatments, four to six weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are required every six to twelve months.
The vast majority of healthy individuals can easily undergo PRF treatments.
Certain conditions like blood platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, the presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or haemodynamic instability, and/or anticoagulation therapy are contraindications.
Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to PRF depending on the number of weak hair follicles present in each zone.
Generally, with the exception of small round areas of Alopecia Areata, locations where severe depletion of follicles has occurred should not be treated.
The PRF treatment takes about 30 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.
- A blood sample is collected in a similar way to a blood test.
- Centrifugation and separation of blood constituents.
- Ready-to-use PRF is recovered into a syringe.
Ready-to-use PRF can now be re-injected into the skin or with the aid of the dermapen (sub-dermal) or subcutaneous injection.
It is an extremely safe procedure, since the PRF and growth factors used are autologous. In other words, the client provides them for their own treatment (client’s blood is withdrawn and placed in a machine, which spins the tubes to separate the red blood cells from the plasma). Growth factors are specific to each individual tissue, which makes this system a personalised treatment, avoiding the risk of infection or allergic reactions and eliminating issues with compatibility.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from the patient’s own blood and consists of platelets and other blood components, such as plasma, vitamins and minerals.
Platelets contain active molecules called growth factors, which allow for the natural healing of damaged tissues. PRP involves concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample. A normal concentration of platelets circulating in your blood is 200,000 per micro litre. The platelet count in PRP can exceed 1 million platelets per micro litre.
PRP is the only available product that contains elevated levels of naturally occurring growth factors that help stimulate hair follicles. This makes it extremely useful for men and women’s hair restoration programs. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The Science of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The concentrated platelets found in PRP can theoretically cause the growth of the skin cells or hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the area it has been re-injected. Inside the platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.