Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Treatment in Park City, UT
For many years, the medical community has been acutely aware of the body’s natural regenerative qualities. Physicians across all fields, including orthopedics, dentistry, and sports medicine, have implemented protocols that work synergistically with the body. The use of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is common for promoting joint recovery and managing degenerative disease. It was only a matter of time before science discovered the value that PRF held for the body’s largest organ: the skin.
We are pleased to offer PRF treatment, in addition to our cosmetic dentistry treatments, to help our patients address all of their cosmetic concerns. Call our office in Park City UT today to learn more.
What Is PRF?
PRF is an acronym for platelet-rich fibrin, which contains healing platelets, various growth factors, and leucocytes in a complex fibrin matrix. It is created by taking a blood sample and placing it in a centrifuge for approximately 10 minutes to separate out the various elements of the blood. PRF is confused with platelet-rich plasma, which has been used in aesthetics and injury healing in professional athletes. PRF is a more recent addition, but is proving to have better healing and skin rejuvenation characteristics.
How is PRF different from PRP?
Although there are some basic similarities between platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin, they are not the same. Both are made by taking a blood sample and separating out the blood platelets and other parts of the blood. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is spun at a higher speed, which causes the heavier cells in the blood, the white blood cells and stem cells, to collect in the bottom part of the test tube. The platelets collect at the top with the plasma. This is taken and then injected into the area needed.
Platelet-rich fibrin has an even higher concentration of platelets, as well as a concentration of some white blood cells and stem cells (which are separated off in PRP). To create PRF, the blood is spun at a lower speed to keep the layers of the blood from separating so distinctly. This allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer that is collected. This gives PRF more healing factors than PRP. The slower centrifuge speed also causes less trauma to the individual cells, allowing more stem cells to remain in the final PRF product.
The number of platelets is far higher in PRF than PRP. In PRP, the platelet count is approximately two to fives times higher than in typical blood. PRF has a platelet concentration that is 10 times higher than normal blood.
The final difference is the fibrin. In PRP, blood that is collected needs an anticoagulant called acid citrate dextrose to keep the blood from clotting too quickly. In PRF, anticoagulant is not used. Without it, the natural fibrinogen within our blood is converted to fibrin by thrombin in the early stages of clot formation. This creates a spongy fibrin matrix that activates the platelets and allows for a slow release of growth factors.
What are the benefits of PRF over PRP?
As mentioned above, because of the way the blood is centrifuged at a slower speed, platelet-rich-fibrin has various advantages as a healing/skin rejuvenating option:
- PRF has 10 times more platelets than blood. PRP only has 2-5 times as much.
- PRF has stem cells and white blood cells. PRP does not.
- PRF releases growth factors more slowly than PRP, reaching its highest amount 14 days after injection. PRP reaches its highest amount on the first day, and then declines rapidly.
How does PRF work?
To create platelet-rich fibrin, a standard blood sample is taken. It is instantly placed in a centrifuge to avoid having to use an anticoagulant. The blood is then centrifuged for at least 10 minutes at 3000 revolutions per minute. The resulting product in the test tube consists of three layers. On top is plasma that is low in platelets. In the center is the fibrin clot of PRF. At the bottom are the red blood cells. The PRF is removed and instantly prepared for injection.
Who is a good candidate for treatment?
Everyone is a good candidate for platelet-rich-fibrin treatment to improve their skin. PRF (and PRP before it) have been used by professional athletes to speed healing after injury or surgery. PRF is also becoming standard for periodontal work with gum tissue and bone grafting in the dental world. In the skin, PRF can be injected beneath wrinkles, creases, and areas of volume loss, as the PRF triggers regeneration. It also signals the body to produce new amounts of collagen, which provides our skin’s underlying support system.
What kind of results can I expect from treatment?
Once injected, the fibrin clot creates a platelet and white blood cell-rich fibrin scaffold in the area. This rebuilds the skin’s underlying support. Thanks to the fibrin clot, PRF continues to release growth factors and cytokines for up to two weeks. This is a classic wound-healing mechanism and it creates new skin cells, collagen, and blood vessels. This will fill in creases and areas such as under eye hollows. It will lighten dark circles under the eyes. It will return volume to sunken cheeks, and will improve your skin tone and texture.
Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry proudly provides PRF treatment for patients from Park City, Salt Lake City, Heber, Midway, Duchesne, Vernal, UT and the surrounding areas. Call (435) 503-8841 today to schedule an appointment, or complete our online Contact Form here!