PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) is a product of your own blood – we simply draw your blood and separate the platelets and fibrin in a centrifuge. No additives are needed to produce PRF.
PRF allows for a thicker solution to be placed in the area of new growth. The thicker substance breaks down more slowly than PRP, and stimulates the body for a longer time period.The platelets are full of growth factors and other cell-stimulating proteins; the fibrin holds the platelets in the area while they slowly release those growth factors.
The growth factors released by PRF attract stem cells, which grow into new tissues depending on the area in which they grow. Injecting into skin promotes elastin and collagen production while injecting into joints encourages connective tissue to grow into new cartilage and fibroblasts to produce more collagen for cushioning and elastin for flexibility. A positive side effect of PRF injection is the anti-inflammatory effect that works on arthritis.
PRF is commonly used for facial rejuvenation, knees, hip and hand arthritis. Studies on joint arthritic pain using PRF have shown not only a decrease in progression of joint destruction, but long lasting results of over a year or more.
We inject PRF using ultrasound guidance, which ensures precise placement of the PRF concentrate directly to the tissues that need repair.
The process takes about 30-60 minutes. When your injections are finished, you can leave the office immediately and just like when you get a cortisone shot, you should try to take it easy for a few days. Smaller joints tend to ache for a few days. PRF treatments are a fraction the cost of stem cell therapy treatments. They can be added to your personalized protocol if you are doing Bone Marrow Stem Cell work at The P-treatment for a full body intervention.