The Pros and Cons of PRF Injections

Collagen is one of the most important elements of a youthful complexion and as we age the natural production can decrease. This contributes to a loss of volume in our face over time, particularly beneath the eyes and under the mouth. If you’re after a solution that’s non-surgical and all-natural, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a revolutionary new treatment designed to jump-start your collagen production into mass production! Here we explore the pros and cons of PRF injections and how they work…

pros and cons PRF injections
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What are PRF injections? 

PRF from your body contains white blood cells, fibrin and platelets all of which can promote healing, elasticity and collagen production. During PRF injections, platelet-rich fibrin is taken from your blood before being separated from other blood components in a centrifuge and harvested into a syringe. It’s then mixed with hyaluronic acid based gels and injected into the targeted points of the face.

The Pros of PRF Injections

There is little downtime

One of the best things about PRF injections is that it’s minimally invasive meaning there’s little downtime.  When injected, there might be some bruising, swelling or redness at the site of the injection but this will go down after a few days if not a few hours.  Due to it being derived from your own blood you’re also less likely to experience an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity response. PRF injections won’t stop you from getting around and doing your daily activities.

It’s quick and convenient

The total time for a PRF injection appointment tends to range from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many treatment areas you are addressing. This doesn’t take too much time out of your day making it a convenient treatment to fit around work or other items in your schedule. Patients tend to need more than one round of PRF for the best effects, but these sessions are generally spaced six to eight weeks apart.

It’s cost-effective

PRF injections require minimal instrumentation and materials and don’t take too long to administer. This makes them a cost-effective solution. For patients with a restricted budget, PRF treatment offers one of the more affordable ways to renew the skin’s complexion and quality. 

The Cons of PRF injections 

It is dependent on the when the blood is collected

One of the disadvantages of PRF injections is due to its lack of rigidity and fast biodegradability. This means depending on the time it’s collected and transference for the centrifuge, the final levels of active constituents are variable. This implies that clinical effectiveness can consequently vary. 

Patients with blood disorders might not be able to have it

Literature surrounding the impact PRF on the efficacy of prescription medications is currently limited, especially with regards to medications that affect blood clotting such as anticoagulant medications or platelet inhibitors. Treatment may therefore be dangerous for those with blood disorders or on anticoagulant therapy. Treatment should always be sought through a medically qualified professional.  

If you’re looking to find out more information about PRF injections, get in touch with us at Acquisition Aesthetics today. 

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