How Is Platelet-rich Fibrin (PRF) Used?

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Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is used to treat a number of different conditions, including ligament damage and cartilage repair. In this procedure, clinicians use the patient's own blood so there are no risks associated with it being foreign material that could trigger an allergic reaction. The idea behind PRP therapy is that by stimulating platelets in one area on a joint, it will cause collagen production which will be beneficial for repairing or maintaining other areas of the knee - all without using synthetic materials or substances like cortisone shots. Although many studies have been conducted over the years regarding PRP treatments and their effectiveness rates, not enough data has been compiled yet to make any conclusive assessments about its potential benefits or harms when used for joint conditions.

How Does PRF Treat Loose Skin And Dark Circles Around The Eyes?

The skin around our eyes is one of the thinnest on our bodies. It is one of the first areas of the body to show signs of aging. PRF is one of the best treatments for this condition, and it may be a better option than heat-based skin tightening devices.

PRF can also improve the results of under-eye fillers. Injecting fillers under the eyes, such as Restylane, can instantly improve hollowness and is a fantastic treatment to instantly rejuvenate this area. However, if fillers are injected too superficially, they can cause puffiness or a bluish tinge under the eyes. It can also be difficult to treat dark circles solely with fillers. Injecting PRF in addition to the fillers can significantly enhance the results of the fillers by tightening the loose skin under the eyes and improving the dark circles.

Growth factors play a vital role in PRF. What is a Growth Factor? 

Growth factors are substances that promote growth in living cells. In PRF, the use of Platelets Revitalizing Factors (PRFs) is designed to stimulate blood cell production and increase red blood cell count which helps restore bone marrow function.

The first step would be to send your platelet donation sample to a lab for testing so they can determine if it’s usable for you or not. There will be other tests performed on your donated samples as well such as: CBC, Blood Type Testing, Infectious Disease Screening including HIV-AIDS/Hepatitis B & C; this is all done before you donate and after you have been given an injection of Hemoglobin at the hospital where we had previously drawn our own blood.

The last step would be to receive your donated platelets at the hospital and then be given an injection of Hemoglobin. This process should take anywhere from one day to a few days, depending on how quickly you can donate and where we need them for distribution in our supply chain.

Are PRF treatments painful?

PRF treatments are not usually painful. They can be uncomfortable for children and adults, but in most cases the discomfort passes quickly as patients get used to it. Most people describe PRP injections as feeling like a pinch or pressure on their skin, with occasional tingling sensations during treatment. You may feel some soreness after treatment that typically lasts one day (e.g., if you had an injection to your face). Some people might experience bruising at the site of injection, which is normal too!

If you’re worried about discomfort, we recommend taking one of the following over-the-counter medications: ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or naproxen sodium (Aleve). For some patients a topical anesthetic cream is applied to numb any skin surface. After treatment, it is important to keep your face hydrated with moisturizer and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after your injection(s) as this can increase bruising.

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Do You Need Help Recovering From An Injury With Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?

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