PRF Facial Rejuvenation FAQs
PRF facial rejuvenation utilizes the latest scientific advancements in cellular regeneration to restore skin to a younger, tighter, smoother appearance.
In this article, the Boston area skin care experts at ESP Medical & Aesthetics answer patients’ frequently asked questions about innovative, all natural, minimally-invasive PRF facial rejuvenation.
What skin conditions can PRF facial rejuvenation treat?
PRF microneedling rejuvenates the skin by activating its natural healing processes – so it treats a wide variety of skin problems. PRF treatments can decrease wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin tightness and tone, reduce pores, minimize scars, and lighten dark spots or discolorations.
Why is PRF better than PRP for facial rejuvenation?
PRF is the next generation of PRP. PRF contains greater concentrations of growth factors than PRP. PRF also contains stem cells, white blood cells and fibrin – which PRP does not have.
The stem cells in the PRF are “undifferentiated” cells that literally morph into the cells needed to repair the skin and restore it to a more youthful state. The higher concentration of growth factors promote faster and more significant improvement in skin than PRP.
And, the fibrin in PRF acts as a scaffolding to keep the growth factors and stem cells in the area being treated, so they do not diffuse away from where they needed. This allows for release of more growth factors, for a longer period of time.
How many PRF facial rejuvenation treatments are needed?
Patients will see results with just a single PRF treatment – which will begin to be visible in a few weeks and continue to improve over the next several months. However, every patient’s skin is different. So, depending upon the degree of skin damage being treated, some patients will attain optimal benefits with multiple treatments. Maintenance treatments may be desired annually to maintain the amazing benefits of PRF skin rejuvenation, based on the specific aesthetic goals of the patient.
Why is PRF facial rejuvenation combined with microneedling?
Microneedling is a form of collagen and elastin induction therapy that involves the use of fine medical grade needles. The tiny needles puncture the skin at precise depths to create a controlled, microscopic skin “injury”. This stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms – generating the production of collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of firm, smooth, young-looking skin.
Does PRF facial rejuvenation hurt?
PRF facial rejuvenation is far less painful than “ablative” skin resurfacing technologies that remove the top layer of skin – such as certain laser procedures. And, obviously, PRF microneedling is much less painful than facelift surgery.
Dr. Merchia will apply some topical numbing cream to make the PRF microneedling more comfortable for you. And while patients may experience some soreness after the procedure, this doesn’t last long – so there is no real “downtime” after the treatment.
Patients universally agree that any minor discomfort is well worth the amazing facial rejuvenating results that are achieved.
Is there anyone who can’t get PRF microneedling?
Because PRF is 100% natural, it is safe for most healthy adults – even most pregnant women. It is even safe for darker skin tones and colors (unlike many laser procedures).
However, PRF microneedling should not be performed on patients with a history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring, inflammatory dermatoses, or herpes on or around the mouth. Patients taking blood thinners, with scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, a blood clotting disease, an active infection, or immunosuppression also cannot get microneedling.
However, an alternative method of PRF delivery may be available. Dr. Merchia can discuss this with you.
Are there special precautions when getting PRF facial rejuvenation?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (like Ibuprofen), fish oil, Retin A or other topical retinols, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide should be avoided for 3 to 5 days prior to treatment and at least three days after treatment. Also avoid sun exposure – especially sunburn – at least two weeks prior to treatment.
Leave the PRF on the skin for 12 hours, so it can seal in the growth factors, white blood cells, fibrin and stem cells. And follow the instruction sheet you will be given to take home.
Avoid exfoliation, AHAs, BHAs or retinol for five days after treatment. Avoid exercise for the first 24 hours. And refrain from swimming or sun exposure for 14 days.
Is PRF facial rejuvenation safe?
Just like PRP, PRF is extracted from the patient’s own blood – making the treatment 100% natural and extremely safe. There is no risk of allergic reaction and very little risk of infection or other complications.
And, because PRF is only minimally invasive there are not the risks of surgery, and there is no long recovery period. Additionally, with PRF facial rejuvenation treatments, your skin will rejuvenate naturally – with no scars and no downtime – so no one will know you’ve had anything done!
PRF Facial Rejuvenation – Boston Area
Dr. Merchia is one of only a few medical offices in the entire Boston area to offer innovative, highly effective, 100% natural PRF skin rejuvenation treatments.
Call ESP Medical & Aesthetics to schedule a consultation and see how a PRF “Platelet Rich Fibrin” facial rejuvenation can help YOU turn back the clock – with smoother, tighter, younger skin!
PRF Facial Rejuvenation – Boston Area: 508.521.9259