June 21, 2024

The Power of Our Bodies: A Deep Dive into PRF

Written by: Fresh Clinics

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The Power of Our Bodies: A Deep Dive into PRF

Harnessing the power of a technique known as Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF), a revolutionary treatment that uses the patient's blood to facilitate healing and rejuvenation, is transforming aesthetics. Unlike traditional methods, we now have a solution that offers longer-lasting results and numerous applications in the cosmetic field, from under-eye filling to treating acne scars. 

Understanding PRF

This revolutionary treatment opens doors for us to explore the tremendous therapeutic potential residing within our own bodies. 

PRF, an advanced form of blood biostimulation therapy, has been making waves in areas like dental procedures, wound healing, and notably, cosmetic treatments. But what separates it from the familiar, yet slightly outdated, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapies.

Dr. Gordon Ku recently joined Fresh Members for an insightful webinar to shed light on PRF's pronounced distinction and benefits.

Dr. Gordon emphasised PRF as a comprehensive regenerative tool that contains increased platelet and fibrin concentration compared to PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma). This makes PRF a potent medium for healing and regeneration, and its unique release mechanisms “slowly release growth factors over time,” whereas PRP releases them quickly.

It is because of this slow release that PRF has proven its worth in regenerating fat pads and treating common aesthetic concerns. This also means that PRF has longer-lasting effects. 

The Treatment

A major selling point of PRF is its ease of injection into the subcutaneous fat layer using a cannula.

One of the commonly asked question throughout the session was, “Is it okay to inject with a cannula, for areas that aren't hollow and just for rejuvenation?”

The answer is yes. Depth of injection plays a crucial role in the success of the procedure. Dr. Gordon explained, "The comfort level of the patient will tell you if you're in the right layer or not."

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The Benefits

The primary advantage of PRF is that it uses your body's cells to enhance your skin's health. Since the treatment is derived from your blood, it is extremely safe. It’s also a great choice for those seeking a natural approach to skin rejuvenation:

  • Collagen Production: The growth factors in PRF stimulate collagen production, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity
  • Natural Healing: Because PRF uses your own blood, there’s no risk of allergic reactions or adverse side effects. This makes it a safe and natural option
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike more invasive procedures, PRF treatments involve minimal downtime, offering a less intrusive alternative to traditional fillers
  • Versatile Applications: PRF can be used to treat various skin concerns, including acne scars, dark circles under the eyes, fine lines, and overall skin rejuvenation

Even skin conditions like Rosacea, an aggravating red rash across the face, can potentially find relief with PRF treatments. 

But the impact of PRF doesn't stop at skin rejuvenation and healing; it has opened up new possibilities in the realm of neurology as well. Dr. Gordon even proposed the potential use of PRF as an anti-inflammatory treatment for seizures.

But like any non-surgical cosmetic procedure, PRF should be implemented with caution. Though vascular occlusion from PRF is extremely rare, it's crucial to have protocols in place. With continued research and recent advancements in applicable techniques, the power of our own platelets holds promising potential for more treatments in the future.

Offering this innovative treatment can open up new avenues for Nurses and Doctors in the field of aesthetics. Given the rising interest in regenerative treatments, PRF sets a new standard for safe, efficient, and effective non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Undoubtedly, PRF is an exciting addition to the world of aesthetics.

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