As we age, wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of facial volume are all too common. These symptoms of aging may cause a bit of anxiety, but there are many different ways to help decrease these lines and wrinkles. Certified skincare professionals and medical aesthetic physicians, can advise you in what treatments are best to decrease the signs of aging. Cutting edge treatments include PRP and PRF (platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin). These use your own blood’s growth factors to decrease signs of aging, enhance hair growth, and help repair injuries.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) treatments are harvested from your own blood and are used to help regenerate and heal tissues. Both are rich in growth factors and can be combined with laser resurfacing treatments and microneedling to enhance aesthetic results and collagen rebuilding. There is a definite difference between PRP and PRF, and you will be amazed what these treatments can do for you.
What are platelets?
Concentrated platelets, thrombocytes, or tiny cells are vital for normal blood clotting.
Platelets form from large cells called megakaryocytes in the bone marrow and are released into blood to circulate. The function of platelets is the prevention and control of bleeding. For example, when the lining of a blood vessel is injured, platelets immediately attach to the injured surface and each other to form a mass that stops bleeding.
What is PRP?
PRP is a concentration of cells, or platelets, that circulate through the blood, and are the main contributors for blood clotting. Platelets contain numerous vital factors for cell employment or the multiplication necessary for healing. To produce PRP, a blood sample is taken from the patient, placed into a centrifuge, and spun at a high speed.
Clinical studies suggest that PRP treatment improves healing in soft tissue and bone. Since PRP is created from a patient’s blood, it is a relatively low-risk treatment that enhances and speeds up recovery.
PRP used in medical aesthetics harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself and helps decrease the aging process. When used in the hands of aesthetic medical practitioners, PRP is known to reduce facial wrinkles and deep lines, plump up sagging skin, improve skin tone and texture, and diminish acne scars.
PRP used with laser resurfacing, microneedling, or as an injection can improve the tone and texture of your skin. When used with laser microneedling, tiny wounds are caused to the skin’s surface, and healing response is triggered. Minute channels in the skin also allow topically applied nutrients to be absorbed, and when combined with PRP and used topically, the body can absorb nutrients at an astounding rate.
PRP has also been proven to trigger hair regrowth. The vast range of growth factors and proteins in PRP help regrow hair by reversing the process of androgenetic alopecia. PRP helps stop the speed of hair shedding and gives the follicles a chance to stimulate inactive hair follicles. You may need to undergo PRP treatment for hair loss for three to six months for maximum benefits.
What is PRF?
PRF is platelet-rich fibrin, a new generation of platelet-rich plasma, and is a treatment using your body’s platelets. It contains very high concentrations of white blood cells, fibrin, and a small number of stem cells that circulate in your bloodstream.
PRF is spun at a slow speed in a centrifuge, so the layers of blood do not separate as distinctly as in PRP. A slower speed allows some white blood and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer.
PRF is thicker than PRP and stimulates your skin and subcutaneous tissues to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. PRF is often used with dermal fillers to enhance the effects of the fillers.
PRF is also great when used for under-eye hollows. It provides a younger look by stimulating tissue and smoothing out contours.
PRF can be used with laser microneedling to penetrate the skin to trigger natural collagen growth and, at the same time, increase skin cell turnover. PRF can also be injected in the place of fillers to treat wrinkles and fine lines and provide for facial contouring. PRF creates a scaffold under the skin, plumps up the treated area, and triggers natural tissue regeneration or collagen and elastin growth.
What Is Beneficial About PRP and PRF?
Both PRP and PRF are rich in growth factors. You can combine either treatment with microneedling or laser microneedling. PRP and PRF enhance fantastic results in all age groups. Most patients say they look better after a treatment.
There is little to no significant downtime with PRF and PRP treatments. You can have a treatment and carry on with your regularly scheduled activities. You may feel some tenderness or tightness in the treated area, but it is short lasting.
If you would like more information about PRP or PRF treatments, contact SkinVolution Laser & Vein Center in Glendale, AZ, at https://skinvolutionaz.com or call 623-244-1902 to set up your consultation. These amazing and cutting edge treatments are just what you need for your anti-aging arsenal.