What exactly is PRF?
PRF stands for platelet-rich fibrin. It’s a concentrated solution of the regenerative cells in your blood: plasma, platelets, white blood cells and mesenchymal stem cells.
PRF is created by drawing a small amount of your blood, then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the other cells that will be collected and used.
Once the regenerative cells are separated from the plasma, they begin to coagulate and form a fibrin scaffold. This fibrin scaffold is a network of proteins that keeps the other cells active and allows a longer, more durable release of growth factors.
This solution is rich in natural growth factors and platelets that are essential to the body’s healing process after an injury to fight infection, and repair skin and tissue.
In a cosmetic setting, PRF triggers this healing process to naturally rejuvenate skin and create a more youthful appearance.
How is PRF different from PRP?
PRP is platelet-rich plasma. PRF is platelet-rich fibrin. While both are created using your own blood, there are a few key differences.
The first key difference is the centrifuge spin speed. PRF is spun much slower than PRP, which retains all cells other than red blood cells – platelets, white blood cells and mesenchymal stem cells – increasing the solution’s potency and effectiveness.
The second difference is that PRF has less volume, less plasma, and contains fibrin. Plasma is mostly water and some proteins, making PRP more diluted than PRF. The fibrin in PRF slows the release of growth factors to approximately a week, as compared to a few hours with PRP, so the regenerative cells have more time to affect your tissue.
Combined these differences make PRF more effective than PRP.
Which PRF System do you use?
ElaMar uses the industry leading EZPRF system. EZPRF is the ultimate concentrate for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. EZPRF contains more platelets, leukocytes (white blood cells), and mesenchymal stem cells than other PRP and PRF systems, resulting in greater benefits and better outcomes.
Is there any downtime?
Downtime varies depending on the use. For Microneedling and RF Microneedling with PRF, expect redness and possible bruising for 3 to 5 days. For injections you may notice some redness, swelling, tenderness and bruising at the injection site, but it’s typically mild enough to return to work immediately after. There is no downtime for hair. We’ll always let you know what to expect prior to treatment and provide you with everything you need to recover quickly and comfortably!
When will I see results?
You’ll begin to see results in 1 to 2 weeks, with results continuing to improve and reaching full effect at around 3 months.
How long will results last?
Results from PRF are permanent! However, we can’t stop the aging process so regular treatments are crucial for maintaining your results.
Does it hurt?
Topical numbing cream is applied for treatments to keep you comfortable. PRF injections feel similar to dermal filler and will involve slight discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
Because PRF is taken from your own blood, there are no side effects from the PRF. However, there may be mild side effects such as bleeding, bruising, swelling and redness from the injection. These usually improve within 1-3 days after treatment.
Can I get PRF if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
We recommend consulting with your doctor prior to receiving PRF treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.