Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Treatment in Park City, UT
The medical community has become increasingly aware of the body’s natural regenerative qualities when it comes to the evolution of natural skin and hair rejuvenation. Across all medical fields, which include dentistry, physicians have implemented protocols that work synergistically with the body. Common for promoting joint recovery and managing degenerative diseases, the use of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) has proven its value to the body’s largest organ: the skin.
What Is PRF?
It has become increasingly popular in medical aesthetics to achieve a younger appearance through the use of one’s own cells. PRF is a fibrin matrix that promotes skin rejuvenation, wound healing and hair growth. PRF is composed of platelet cytokines, growth factors and cells that work together to create a three-dimensional tissue matrix to aid in the healing of soft tissue and regeneration of joint cartilage.
To obtain PRF, we will first begin by drawing a standard blood sample into the tubes which will then be centrifuged, the process by which various components of the blood are spun at high speed and forced to seperate, for ten minutes. After the necessary time is up, the tubes are taken out of the centrifuge and it results in three separate layers which consist of red blood cells on the bottom, the fibrin clot of PRF in the middle and low platelet plasma on top. The PRF is removed from the tube and prepared for treatment.
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.
PRF Vs. PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
In its creation, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is spun at a high speed, causing heavier cells in the blood (such as the white blood cells and stem cells) to collect at the bottom of the test tube. Meanwhile, platelets collect at the top of the test tube with plasma. The resulting product is then taken and then injected into the designated area.
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)
In comparison, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) has an even higher concentration of platelets, as well as a concentration of some white blood cells and stem cells. Spun at a lower speed to keep the layers of the blood from separating, PRF allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to remain within the platelet layer. The incorporation of more stem cells and white blood cells in the final PRF product gives PRF more healing properties than PRP. Additionally, a slower centrifuge speed contributes to less trauma to the individual cells resulting in more stem cells being captured in the separation process.
- One of the main differences in PRF vs. PRP is the number of platelets present. In PRP for example, the platelet count is approximately two to fives times higher than a typical blood sample. To demonstrate the significance of the difference, PRF has a platelet concentration that is 10 times higher than normal blood.
- Blood that is collected in PRP requires an anticoagulant called acid citrate dextrose to keep blood from clotting too quickly. An anticoagulant is not needed for PRF. 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?
Blood is centrifuged at a slower speed during the production of PRF resulting in a higher concentration of platelets, stem cells, and white blood cells. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) has various advantages as a healing/skin rejuvenating option over PRP. These advantages include
- Protein-rich fibrin contains 10 times more platelets than blood. Protein-rich plasma only has 2-5 times more.
- PRF contains stem cells and white blood cells, which PRP does not. Stem cells and white blood cells have regenerative properties making PRF a clear choice for rejuvenation.
- PRF releases growth factors slower than PRP. This is an important distinction because while PRP reaches its highest amount of growth factors on the first day, and then declines rapidly afterward, PRF reaches its highest amount 14 days after injection, providing the body with a steady supply of growth factors.
Who Is A Good Candidate For PRF Treatment?
Everyone is a good candidate for platelet-rich-fibrin treatment. If you want to improve the condition of your skin PRF treatment has a lot to offer. PRF has been the skin care treatment of choice for many patients including professional athletes who use it to speed healing after an injury or surgery. PRF is also quickly becoming standard for periodontal work with gum tissue and bone grafting. In skin care, PRF can be injected beneath wrinkles, creases, and areas of volume loss to trigger regeneration. It signals the body to produce collagen providing a support system for the skin.
What Results Can I Expect?
PRF treatment establishes a framework of platelet and white blood cell-rich fibrin scaffolding for the treatment area. This foundation begins the process of rebuilding the skin’s underlying support structures. PRF releases growth factors and cytokines for up to two weeks after initial insertion utilizing classic wound-healing mechanisms as it creates new skin cells, collagen, and blood vessels.
This fills increases, lightens dark circles under the eyes, and returns volume to sunken cheeks to improve skin tone and texture.
We are excited to be able to offer PRF treatment in addition to cosmetic dentistry for our patients at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry in Park City, Salt Lake City, Heber, Midway, Duchesne, Vernal, UT and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment or more information about PRF or any other treatment, please give us a call at 435-503-8841 or complete our online contact form.