PRP (platelet-rich plasma), also known as the Vampire Facial, and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) treatments, have been around for a long time as a part of something called regenerative medicine. They’ve been used primarily in treating sports related injuries, in order to speed up the healing process of primarily damaged tissue and other muscle and joint conditions.
In the last several years PRP/PRF treatments have grown in recognition and popularity within the cosmetic industry particularly for the effective results that they can yield for overall skin rejuvenation.
How does PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)/PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) work?
It’s amazing what our own bodies can do. PRP/PRF work similarly in that they use your own platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin drawn from your blood in order to stimulate as well as accelerate the natural production of collagen and elastin, as well as new skin cells, in your body. This rapid new skin cell growth and reproduction of collagen and elastin is effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles, improving the look of your skin tone and texture, minimizing scarring as well as adding overall volume and radiance to your skin.
PRP/PRF treatment areas include the undereyes, nasolabial folds, cheeks, smile lines, lips, chin, as well as the scalp for hair growth stimulation. PRP/PRF treatments can also be used as rejuvenation treatments for your hands, neck, and décolleté.
At MD Beauty Clinic we also offer PRP/PRF as a vaginal treatment. This type of treatment can improve your sexual health by restoring sensation as well as improving dryness and laxity. It can also effectively improve incontinence issues.
No matter the area being treated PRP/PRF works in much the same way for all areas of the body. Platelets, plasma, and fibrins (in the case of PRF) are separated from your blood and then re-injected into key areas in order to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin as well as skin cell and tissue regeneration.
If you’re wondering about the difference between PRP and PRF, it primarily lies in how the blood is processed and what kinds of growth factors, plasma or fibrins, are extracted from the blood, and which will more effectively treat your particular needs.
PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) is rich in white cells and fibrin matrix. It spins at a slower speed than PRP so as to avoid disrupting cells. This allows for slow release of even more growth factors for about one week, in comparison to PRP. You’re bathing the area in rich factors for a longer period of time. In other words, PRF allows for “amplified PRP” results.
PRF is performed as a filler treatment, while PRP can be performed as a facial (aka the vampire facial) treatment or microneedling session, or the two can be combined, promoting overall skin health and wellness. PRF is a “natural” alternative to filler. It uses your body’s own fibrins to build volume in the skin. We inject PRF similarly to how we inject filler. This is a great alternative for someone who is looking to try filler but wants a more natural approach.
During your complimentary consultation with one of our providers, we’ll be able to discuss the differences between PRP and PRF and assess which approach will yield the best results for you.
The PRP and PRF Procedure
It depends on what area you’re having treated but PRP/PRF treatments typically take approximately one hour. A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm and then spun in a centrifuge. Be sure to drink lots of water before the appointment so we can get a good volume of blood.
We prefer not to apply a topical anesthetic. We have some evidence to say that anesthetics can decrease the effectiveness of PRP/PRF treatments. However if you prefer to have a topical anesthetic, it can be applied with an understanding that it may affect your results. That said, we have used topical anesthetics on patients and they have still been satisfied with the outcomes.
Once extracted, platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin are injected into targeted areas with a fine needle (or cannula). If you are getting a PRF treatment for the face, the procedure is very similar to a dermal filler treatment or any other injectable treatment except all the elements being injected are completely natural and extracted from your own body.
PRP treatments are typically performed as facials or microneedling treatments.
Is there any downtime with PRP and PRF?
This will depend on what area you are treating and how your PRP/PRF treatment is performed (facial, microneedling, filler).
In general though, you can expect not to wash your face/hair for ideally a 24 hour period following your treatment. You may experience a swelling or “sunburn like” effect from PRP for 3-5 days following your platelet-rich plasma treatment.
If you had microneedling with PRP you will need to avoid using actives on the face for 3 days following your treatment (such as retin A, acids, etc).
If you have had a PRF treatment, swelling can last for up to 2 weeks following treatment.
Is PRP/PRF for you?
PRP/PRF is great for anyone looking to address loss of elasticity and volume, improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve on the texture and tone of the skin. PRP/PRF is a treatment that really doesn’t discriminate. It’s an amazing procedure for anyone looking for overall skin rejuvenation, whether it be on your face, hands, neck, or décolleté. Not only is it a great treatment for addressing typical signs of aging, but it can also improve on hyperpigmentation, as well as other skin ailments caused by sun damage and scarring.
Who should not have Platelet-Rich Plasma/Platelet-Rich Fibrin?
You should not get PRP/PRF treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have low platelets, if you have an active infection in the treatment area, certain skin diseases, a metastatic disease, or any blood or bleeding disorders. Patients on “anti-clotting” medications (like Aspirin and other blood thinners) or who have certain autoimmune disorders are not good candidates for platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin treatments.
When can I expect to see results?
The results of your treatment and when you’ll see them are dependent on the area being treated and whether your treatment was performed via microneedling or filler. You can expect to see results of most PRP/PRF treatments approximately 2-3 weeks following your treatment, and a notable difference around the 4-6 week mark. Your skin will continue to improve over the weeks and months following your treatment.
Because PRP/PRF treatments stimulate your body into producing collagen, elastin, as well as new skin cell and tissue growth, you need to give your body time to produce all of these great regenerative elements.
Will I need more than one PRP/PRF treatment?
The number of platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin treatments are dependent on the area that is being treated as well as the condition that is being addressed, including whether your treatment is being performed as a microneedling or filler treatment.
We will discuss this with you at your complimentary consultation.
Are there any risks?
Because PRP/PRF treatments essentially use elements that are naturally produced by your own body, these treatments are extremely safe. As no foreign substances are being injected into your body, there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
How much does it cost?
The cost of PRP/PRF is dependent on what areas are being treated.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) for the face costs $750 per treatment and $1950 for 3 treatments. For the face and neck we offer $950 per treatment or $2400 for 3 treatments.
PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) costs $1000 for a Standard Treatment. This treatment includes the treatment of two areas at a time. During your complimentary consultation you and your provider will come up with a personalized treatment plan that will best address your needs.
PRP/PRF Vaginal Treatments cost $1200 per treatment (these include the “O Shot” if desired). The PRP/PRF “O Shot” costs $1,000 per treatment. We recommend two treatments for best results.