PRF – Platelet Rich Fibrin
What is PRF?
PRF or Platelet Rich Fibrin is a similar treatment to PRP, where your own blood plasma is used to extract vital growth factors and proteins essential for cell growth and rejuvenation. However the difference with PRF lies in the process of preparing the plasma. With PRF, a special technique is used to also extract the fibrin part of the blood, as well as a higher concentration of leukotrienes, which are responsible for protecting the new growing tissue among other things. By including this fibrin, it is possible to create a strong initial scaffolding of cells, literally building bridges of new tissue in the early stages of treatment. What is very important about these procedures is the preparation, and the skill and knowledge of the person performing this preparation, as it is easily possible to destroy any potential therapeutic benefits with poor processing and a lack of understanding.
What can it be used for?
PRF is a regenerative treatment, and as such, it can be used to repair cells and tissue all over the body. Due to the nature of preparation of PRF, it is generally used in specific areas requiring high concentration of cell growth. The treatment is commonly used for:
– Sports injuries (muscle, tendon, ligament, bone repair)
– Hair Loss
– Oral and peridontal repair
While it can be extremely effective for many people in treating certain conditions, it is very important to note that this should not be considered as a lone replacement for all other procedures. For example, in some cases of injury, PRF may eliminate the need for procedures such as surgery, however in other cases it may not. A comprehensive consultation with the practitioner is vital to establish these indications.
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