The Vampire Facial Re-Vamped
Move Over PRP
You’ve probably heard of cosmetic PRP, or the Vampire Facial as made famous by Kim Kardashian, but you may not be familiar with PRP’s newer, better, bigger brother PRF. PRF, or platelet rich fibrin, is the next generation of blood concentrate therapy. Long used in dental and orthopaedic procedures, PRF is breaking into the world of medical aesthetics. Like PRP, PRF is used to improve texture and quality of the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, enhance volume, induce collagen production, treat hair loss, and reduce acne scars.
What Makes PRF Better
PRF not only contains a higher concentration of platelets than PRP, but also leukocytes (white blood cells), and a small amount of mesenchymal stem cells.
While PRP releases growths factors in a matter of minutes or hours, PRF releases growth factors over 10-14 days.
PRF is more natural than traditional PRP as it does not require the use of a separating gel, any activating additives, or anticoagulants. The product being used is 100% your own blood, and nothing else.
Perhaps most exciting is the ability of PRF to be injected into tissues. When injected into the face, PRF forms a filler-like gel. While the filling effect is temporary, the true advantage of this treatment is the rejuvenation of skin quality. It makes an excellent treatment for under eye hollows and aging lips, especially if you’re not ready to take the plunge to dermal fillers.
Where To Get It
While the industry is slowly changing tides, many clinics still offer PRP, while access to PRF is limited. At Surface Skin Lab we use the ezPRF system popularized by Dr. Anil Rajani, MD. We offer PRF as an add on to any microneedling treatment, for hair restoration, or as the PRF facial which includes tissue injections, followed by microneedling.
By Dr. Alanna Rinas
Naturopathic Doctor Cosmetic Medicine
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