What if your own blood could be used to help reverse the effects of aging without any kind of plastic surgery? A revolutionary new therapy has been shown to take platelets found in your own blood and then use them to rejuvenate your own skin to make you look younger. This is not just around your eyes and face, but for any part of your body. There are two types of treatments that use a patient’s own plasma to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin and reverse the effects of aging. The first is platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). The second is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). These treatments are still relatively new, but they are moving closer to gaining mainstream acceptance, as some celebrities have recently undergone the treatment.
How Are They Different?
While the two treatments have some similarities, there are still qualitative differences between the two that makes them different treatments. PRP is the treatment that receives most of the attention and has been more widely used. Kourtney Kardashian recently has undergone the treatment, after her younger sister Kim had the procedure as well.
PRF has recently been gaining adherents due to some of the advantages that this particular process offers. Both procedures work using relatively the same methodology. For PRP, a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. The blood is then separated into its various components after it is placed in a centrifuge. After the white and red blood cells are removed, the remainder is the PRP fluid, which is higher in platelets. This fluid is then applied to the skin and pushed into it with a micro-needle.
PRF has many similarities to PRP as an anti-aging treatment. PRF is also taken from harvested blood, but the mixture has a slightly different composition than PRP. PRF has a higher count of white blood cells than PRP. PRF turns into a gel-type substance approximately 15 minutes after the extraction is complete. In that time period, PRF can be mixed with other dermal fillers to improve its efficacy.
The Answer is in the Fibrin
The major difference between PRF and PRP is the presence of fibrin in PRF. Fibrin is the substance that facilitates clotting under the skin after the substance is injected. Once the PRF is clotted, it forms a base beneath the skin, which supports the formation of new collagen. The other significant difference is that PRF is slower-acting, releasing its benefits over a longer period of time. The import of this is that the longer release period continuously stimulates the skin and is more effective as a lasting solution. This results in greater production of collagen.
PRF may work on more different types of skin than PRP, as it is regarded as a more advanced version of PRP. Individuals with thin skin may be a better candidate to benefit from PRF. This is because the properties of PRF allows for a smoother injection.
PRF requires multiple treatments spread out over time to achieve its maximum effectiveness. Different doctors recommend different intervals between treatments. Some doctors recommend treatments every month for a set period of time, while others advocate treatment six to eight weeks apart. While there are short-term benefits from PRF, it may take up to a year to start to see the long-term benefits.
Although PRF has not yet been approved by the FDA, it is rapidly gaining in mainstream acceptance and utilization as an anti-aging treatment. PRF is a very versatile treatment with the ability to be used anywhere on the body, and not just on the face. PRF is an all-natural solution and does not require any invasive procedures beyond the drawing of blood and a small injection.