Things To Consider Before Getting PRF Treatment

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The decision to get PRF therapy is an emotionally difficult one. It requires a lot of thought and consideration because it requires the injection of your own blood into the affected area. The idea that you are using your own body fluids for treatment can be upsetting, but most people find peace in knowing they have done all they can. If you're considering getting PRF therapy, here are some things to consider:

  • How much time do I want or need between treatments? Usually patients limit themselves to three injections per year so there's less chance of developing antibodies against their own cells which would render future treatment ineffective. This means waiting 12 months before returning for another session if necessary, though many decide on six months instead with two sessions each year.
  • What is my pain level? The higher the pain, typically the more treatment sessions are needed. For some people who live a high stress or active lifestyle, one injection in six months may be enough to reduce their symptoms significantly.
  • Do I have any other conditions that might complicate things down the line? Some patients find PRF therapy isn't an option for them if they're pregnant or suffer from diabetes. Those with autoimmune diseases such as lupus should speak to their doctor before making any decisions about using this form of treatment due to possible complications later on during pregnancy and/or after having children where it could affect both mother and child's health negatively.

Myths About PRF Treatments:

Myth: It's too expensive.

A common myth surrounding the price of a procedure like this is that it must cost thousands of dollars or more, but in reality it will typically be around $500-$1000 per session and you can afford to have as many sessions as needed without breaking the bank.

Myth: Can't get pregnant after surgery.

Another misconception floating around out there is that once someone has had any type of cosmetic surgery on their uterus they cannot become pregnant anymore, which simply isn't true at all! The only time something like this would come into play would be when a woman whose eggs were being frozen before the procedure and then thawed after. In this case, it would be important for her to have a fertility specialist supervise any type of pregnancy that may happen in order to monitor hormone levels at different stages during the process.

Myth: It's an invasive surgery with no anesthesia or recovery time. 

The PRF treatment is actually considered minimally-invasive because there are almost no incisions made on the body and all necessary procedures will take place through small cut outs created by lasers which causes minimal bleeding and scarring as well as little downtime needed afterwards.

PRF FOR hair loss.

With PRP, a patient’s own blood is drawn and run over a spinning wheel that filters out the platelets. The remaining serum containing growth nutrients (mostly proteins) is then injected into balding or thinning areas of hair. Platelet-rich plasma injections are not FDA approved for regrowth, but they have been shown to stimulate growth in some patients who suffer from alopecia areata—an autoimmune disease that causes patches of hair loss on the scalp and other parts of the body.

The research suggests this treatment has helped about 80 percent of those tested so far grow new hairs after six months when used as an adjunct therapy with medication such as Rogaine or Minoxidil. This procedure can be costly, however.

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