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PRF Injections for the Face

PRF Injections for the Face in Raleigh NC

Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is the next generation of platelet rich plasma (PRP) which contains very high concentrations of fibrin and white blood cells that have been shown to provide rejuvenating effects for the skin. These effects can enhance wound healing, collagen production, and skin elasticity. Patients normally seek this treatment to enhance facial soft tissue volume, and for the potential beneficial effects of increased production of collagen and elastin, the improvement of skin texture and thickness, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the improvement of scar appearance. PRF initially acts a temporary volumizer, however, the true advantage of PRF injections is the rejuvenation of skin quality. Patients may choose to have PRF injected alone or in combination with hyaluronic acid fillers.

What to Expect

PRF is derived from your own blood that we draw immediately before each treatment. Prior to a PRF treatment, blood is collected in the same fashion as any blood draw into two to three 13 mL tubes. Next the blood is placed into a specialized centrifuge which is designed to separate PRF from red blood cells. After centrifugation, PRF is drawn into a syringe. PRF is injected into areas of the face using a blunt cannula passed through tiny holes in the skin made with a small needle. The areas of the face that can be injected include but are not limited to: cheeks, temporal hollows, tear troughs, nasolabial folds, the jawline and chin. There is a narrow time window of approximately 15-20 minutes until the PRF turns into a gel-like consistency. The full procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes.

How Long Do the Results Last?

PRF injections are performed in a series of treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart. Initial volume enhancement will typically last one to three weeks, which will then dissipate. Long term effects such as collagen production, skin tightening, and enhanced skin quality may take up to three to four months to be noticed, and can last from six to 12 months. Improvement of scars is long-lasting. Visible improvement following PRF treatment is typically seen six weeks or more from the initial treatment. Deep lines and advanced wrinkling cannot be reversed.

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