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.

FAQ

Is the treatment painful?
The treatment itself can be uncomfortable when performed without pain management, however when under the supervision of a qualified doctor you should have the option of local anaesthetics and a light sedative, which can mean your experience is totally pain-free.
How is PRF different from PRP?
The blood is extracted the same way as if you were having a simple blood test. The quantity of blood required depends on the area to be treated and the amount of plasma needed.

Once extracted, the blood is treated to a different process, using different equipment, to PRP, and this allows the fibrin and extra leucocytes to be collected. The introduction of the PRF into the target area depends on the type of condition being treated. Some superficial treatments and joint infiltrations use a syringe and needle, in other treatments such as dental repair, the PRF can be placed directly into the tissue using surgical equipment.

How much does it cost?
PRF treatments are generally performed alongside PRP and other adjunctive treatments, depending on the area and condition being treated, so pricing is usually generated as part of an overall treatment plan based on the individual client requirements.

As a basic guideline, PRF treatments and combination treatments can run from roughly €250 to €1500.

How long do I have to wait to see results?
This depends on the type of treatment you have, but in general, it can be an average of 6 weeks to 6 months before you see actual results. When you have a PRF treatment, you are stimulating the growth of new tissue. Therefore you must wait for the body to remodel and grow, and this does not happen overnight.

With PRF, compared to PRP, there is the added benefit of the fibrin matrix, so in theory it is possible to see results sooner, however this will depend on individual responses from each client.

How many treatments do I need?
In the case of treating sports injuries, it is generally possible to achieve effective remodelling with 1-3 treatments, however this can differ between individuals. With PRF, compared to PRP, there is the added benefit of the fibrin matrix, so in theory it is possible to see results sooner, however this will depend on individual responses from each client.

With aesthetic treatments such as hair loss, it is important to understand that you are managing ongoing ageing conditions, and this can involve multiple treatments over the course of time, and can often depend on the use of other . A specific treatment plan is developed with each client during the initial consultation and this will indicate how many treatments are recommended for effective results.

how do i find out what i need for my case?
The most important part of the process is the initial consultation. At NuaCell, this consultation is with our specialist restoration physician and surgeon. During this consultation you will discuss your particular case in detail, and you will develop a treatment plan based on your expectations and the doctor’s expert recommendations. This treatment plan will also give you a very good outline of the costs involved, how many treatments you may need, what kind of results are possible and all of the other information relevant to your case. You should never undergo a treatment without a comprehensive consultation first.

Client Reviews

Carboxytherapy – Circulatory issues

I had some sensation and circulation related issues in my fingers and toes, and would often feel cold or numb. I explored many options with my doctor and consultants but could not find any underlying reasons for this, or any effective treatments to help me.

Mary
Carboxytherapy

Secret to Looking Young

I am touching 80 years of age and I am regularly visiting Nuacell Clinic for the last six years. I am still very active in business and socially and people would never have guessed my real age thanks to the wonderful treatments and attention I get from Dr. Sam and his lovely team. I am regularly told I look in my sixties and I am grateful to know the secret reason for that.

Teresa B
Cosmetic Procedure, Face/Suture Lift, Filler Treatment, Sculptra

Remarkable improvement

My experience with Dr.Sam and the team has been exceptional. They take the time to go through how the procedure will work and the effects and benefits of the outcome, I’ve never been more comfortable sitting in a clinic in my life.

John C
Hair Loss

Eleven Years and Counting

I have been getting my Boulinum injections for my wrinkles and lines from Dr. Sam since 2009 and eleven years on I have never considered or went anywhere else – he is simply the best

Siobhan K
Botulinum treatment

Carefully Considered Consultations

I have attended many many doctors for filler treatments regularly since I had my first filler treatment in 2007. I attended Dr. Sam for the first time in 2016 and he was the first doctor not to just inject a line or fold but actually thoroughly examined my face and explained to me why my ageing signs developed. He explained by treating the causes of the volume and bone loss of my face the treatments will last longer and the result better and this I can confirm is and was indeed the case – I love my filler treatments – I am much happier with my appearances and the treatments last much much longer. 

Audry M
Botulinum treatment, Filler Treatment

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