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What is PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin)?
PRF stands for platelet rich fibrin. PRF is considered the second generation to platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRF uses the patient’s blood to get platelets, white blood cells, fibrin and mesenchymal stem cells. PRF provides a slow release of the growth factors that is measured in days not hours like PRP. This all natural treatment is used for many procedures, such as cosmetic rejuvenation, joint pain, hair restoration and dental implants.
What is the PRF process?
A medical professional will draw the patient’s blood into a PRF tube then place it to be spun in a centrifuge. PRF tubes contain no additives and are spun at much slower speeds than PRP resulting in the majority of the cells at the top of the PRF tube. The medical professional will then extract the PRF with a syringe and inject it into the patient's targeted areas. Many PRF cosmetic procedures will use a microneedling device like the Integrity Hydra Needle to deliver the serum in the skin.
What are the benefits of Platelet Rich Fibrin?
PRF injections have similar benefits as PRP, however the growth factors are released slower. PRF gives doctors flexibility as it can be used as a membrane, liquid or injectable.
Common PRF treatments:
- Skin rejuvenation
- Loose skin and dark circles under the eyes
- Hair restoration
- Deflated cheeks
- Dental Implants
- Sports injuries
PRF for Dental Implants
PRF is used in many dental surgical procedures such as tooth extractions, bone grafting, dental implants and bone pathology. Part of the reason PRF is so successful in the dental community is its ability to clot and produce PRF as a membrane. The growth factors accelerate the patient’s healing to minimize their pain and swelling post surgery. One of the more known dental procedures where PRF shines is wisdom tooth surgery. In addition to helping speed up the patient’s recovery time the PRF decreases the risk of extraction socket infection.
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What is the difference between PRP and PRF?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and platelet rich fibrin (PRF) may look very similar, as both procedures treat the same type of regenerative applications, however, there are some clear differences in the two. A PRF tube does not contain any additives. PRF is spun at much slower speeds than PRP which creates a fibrin matrix. PRF is more focused on the growth factors from the white blood cells. The growth factors in PRF release slower over time after injections compared to PRP. Chat with one of our specialists to find out which nonsurgical treatment is best for your practice.