PRF/PRP (Platelet-Rich Fibrin/Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Rejuvenate yourself! One of the biggest breakthroughs in skin rejuvenation has been the development of using one’s own body to heal and rejuvenate. PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) utilizes the concentrated growth factors from your own blood to rejuvenate skin, reverse or stop hair loss, and add volume where it has been lost.

How is PRF performed?

First, a small amount of blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge. The blood then separates into the red blood cells, the white blood cells, and the serum (plasma and platelets).  The red blood cells and white blood cells are discarded as they do not have growth factors. The plasma and the platelets together are platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We perform an additional step known as activation, making the PRP into PRF. The PRF is then injected into the skin in the areas of concern. PRF is also called Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM).

What happens in the activation stage?

The platelets in PRP are activated to begin the stabilization process. This is similar to when you get a cut and platelets then form the initial clot. When injected, the PRF then is stabilized in the area, making it stay right where it is injected in the tissues 3 times as long. By keeping the concentrated growth factors in the tissues longer, we are able to achieve superior results.

How is PRF used in hair loss?

Hair loss for men and women occurs most commonly due to androgenetic alopecia (androgenic alopecia). During the process of hair loss, the structures around the hair follicles (glands, muscle, fat, and rich blood supply) are also lost. PRF replenishes these structures, stopping hair loss for most patients and even reversing hair loss. This is performed in the office as a series of treatments without even the need for anesthesia. Patients are able to return to meetings the same day, and regular athletic activities the next day.

How is PRF used for acne scars?

The growth factors in PRF stimulate the underlying skin, which is fantastic for acne scars to allow healthy deep tissue to grow. PRF is typically used to enhance the effect of laser skin resurfacing, microneedle-radiofrequency (Micro-RF), and subcision. The PRF will stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, fibroblasts, and other cells that can improve the appearance of the scars. As acne scars are such a difficult issue in terms of depth and thickness of scars as well as number of scars, more than one treatment is often necessary to achieve the desired goal.

Can PRF be used instead of filler?

PRF can be a great treatment to provide natural volumization. PRF stimulates the natural deep tissue growth. This can be used for fine wrinkles as well as for areas that need volume such as the tear trough or the lips among others. Results from this treatment can be variable. However, the effect permanently improves the youthfulness in the area.

Is the PRF mixed with anything else?

Some physicians will mix PRF or PRP with other substances such as ACell or embryonic fluid. Some of these materials will increase inflammation in the tissues, causing the tissue to swell. Other materials are derived from another human being (or more), and we prefer, when possible, to use one’s own body to rejuvenate rather than use someone else’s material.

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Carniol Plastic Surgery is located in the Medical Arts Building behind Overlook Hospital. The office address is 33 Overlook Rd, Ste 401, Summit NJ.  When necessary, Dr. Carniol also operates at Overlook Hospital in Summit and St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. Dr. Carniol sees patients from New Providence, Millburn, Short Hills, Chatham, Springfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Warren, Westfield, Far Hills, and Bridgewater.

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