FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is PRF?
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a second-generation version of PRP therapy. PRF has a higher concentration of platelets, fibrin, and white blood cells. In addition, PRF has a small percentage of stem cells, which cannot be found in traditional PRP therapy. The Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) technique uses the latest generation of Smart Blood Concentrates to generate a complex Fibrin Matrix rich in Platelets, Leukocytes and Mesenchymal stem-cells. For 10-12 days the constant release of Growth Factors accelerates tissue healing and the skin’s regeneration process promoting collagen production.
How is PRF different from PRP?
Known to be the second generation of PRP, the Platelet rich fibrin matrix obtained during your service, is made up of growth factors and stem cells, from your own blood. Drawn and centrifuged in a newer process, that is both highly efficient, and proprietary, PRF requires a very specific centrifuge system, that uses a slower, longer spinning process to separate the fibrin and growth factors from the red blood cells. This allows us to keep all active cells and growth factors in tact for immediate use! Instantly the stem cell cascade effect is set in action.
Is the PRF procedure dangerous?
PRF is 100% natural with zero additives. Platelet-Rich Fibrin is a component of your own blood. Blood contains platelets, which contain growth factors that help stimulate soft tissue healing.
How is the PRF Procedure performed?
A numbing cream may be applied to the area of treatment. Approximately 2-4 vials of blood will be drawn from your arm. The tubes of blood are then centrifuged to separate the PRF component cells. The liquid is then transferred into a syringe and applied topically or injected using a fine needle.
How many treatments are necessary for visible improvement?
PRF is effective with as little as 1-4 treatments, in most cases, though no guarantees can be made regarding specific benefit from this procedure. Additionally, the nature of any cosmetic procedure may require a patient to return for numerous visits to achieve the desired results and/or to determine whether PRF is effective in treating your concerns.
How long will my results last?
As long as the suggested treatment plan is maintained with proper skin care products as recommended by your treatment provider, results can last upwards of 4-6 months with as little as 1 treatment. We recommend averaging two to three (2-3) treatments per year to sustain desired results for regular maintenance and rejuvenation.
What skin types respond well to the PRF Treatment?
All skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-6) are safe to treat!
What type of preconditioning is required?
The PRF procedure requires no preconditioning of the skin prior to treatment. However, it is best to come in as hydrated as possible, with minimal caffeine and aspirin use, but it is not a contraindication.
Does the PRF treatment hurt?
The patient may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation which will subside after 45-90 seconds. Numbing is generally applied if done with micro needling, but not required for standard PRF injection. A fan or cool breeze may be used for the comfort of the patient.
How long will the treatment process take?
The PRF treatment can typically be done in approximately 45-60 minutes. Once the first procedure is completed, future applications will become more streamlines. The actual PRF application only takes 15 minutes to administer.
Will my daily routine be affected after the treatment?
Normal activities may be resumed immediately post treatment. We only recommend avoiding heavy exercise and flying immediately post procedure.
Can make up be worn post treatment?
If the PRF treatment is done in conjunction with micro-needling, makeup should not be worn for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, just like any other injectable procedure, makeup can be applied gently to the treated areas, and bruising may or may not be present.
Can the PRF treatments be applied to other parts of the body other than the face?
The face, neck, chest and hands are the most commonly applied areas. Once you’ve met with a medical provider, we can create a personalized treatment plan.
Will the PRF improve acne scars?
The PRF technique was designed to help improve various problematic skin conditions. By rebuilding collagen and stimulating new cell regeneration, we can minimize the damage and scarring from acne. A series of micro-needling and PRF injections will be will be necessary and can be customized to each patient.
How will the PRF improve my skin?
The PRF when done in conjunction with other treatments, will help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce enlarged pores, help build collagen and elastin which will help to tighten and firm the skin. In addition, Acne Scars, and even regular scars, can be dramatically improved.
Who is qualified to perform the PRF?
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Registered Nurses.
Is sun exposure permitted post peel?
Sun exposure should be limited for at least 24-48 if done with micro-needling.
What are the restrictions and contraindications?
Patients with a history of cancer, or have received chemotherapy are not eligible for treatment. Please see our medical treatment provider for alternative options.
Pre + Post Care
•The PRF procedure requires no preconditioning of the skin prior to treatment.
• Please increase your intake of fluid the day before your procedure by simply drinking 2 extra glasses of water in the morning and the afternoon, if possible.
• Try to eat a normal breakfast or lunch the day of your PRF session, to avoid lightheadedness.
• Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Iburprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren or any other anti-inflammatory medications for at least 3 days before your procedure. We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRF works! You may take Tylenol for any pains, discomforts or joint pains you may have.
• Post treatment you may resume normal activities.
• If the PRF treatment is done in conjunction with micro-needling, sun exposure should be limited for the first 24*48 hours, and makeup should not be worn for at least 24 hours.
• Your particular post care may vary based on the extent of your PRF procedure and/or its conjunction with other treatments.
• We ask that you limit excessive exercise on the day of the treatment, and treat any post injection irritations with Tylenol and/or ice.
• Flying same day, post treatment, is not recommended.