What is PRF?
Next level microneedling with Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). Ultra-concentrated PRF is next generation PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), containing a higher concentration of stem cells and growth factors. The substance is drawn from the patient and applied during Medical Microneedling, allowing delivery of growth factors deep into the skin to produce far superior and longer lasting results than PRP.
Facial rejuvenation is without doubt our most popular sought-after cosmetic modality.
Our medical aestheticians and their patients seek procedures that are very effective while also being minimally invasive, natural and with little downtime and lasting results.
At Bluewater Spa we use nonablated lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectable fillers, and microneedling to create dermal injury to help stimulate collagen and elastin and wound repair.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is considered a minimally invasive skin enhancement and rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are designed to puncture the skin at various depths and create a controlled skin injury. The punctured epidermis and dermis now create a microscopic channel that helps with neocollagenesis.
The microneedling device we use has the ability to create channels in the skin ranging in size from 0.5 to 2.5 mm. These pores created by trauma in the dermis are what stimulate the release of growth factors.
The growth factors and cytokines in turn stimulate collagen, elastin, and neocollagenesis. Microneedling sessions are usually spaced 3 to 6 weeks apart and can be used safely on all skin types including patients with a history of melasma.
We do not perform microneedling on patients with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, inflammatory dermatoses, history of herpes simplex virus in perioral area, or any type of growth in the target area. Absolute contraindications for microneedling include scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, clotting disorders, active infection, and immunosuppression.
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a highly concentrated autologous serum that is rich in growth factors and cytokines such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor. These growth factors regulate and induce cell migration, attachment proliferation, and differentiation as well as promote extracellular matrix accumulation. PRF and the induction of growth factors has been used specifically in the treatment of bony defects, wound healing, gastrointestinal surgery, and more recently in aesthetic dermatology.
Prior to treatment:
- Females drink 8 – 10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily for 72 hours prior to treatment.
- Males drink 10 -15 eight-ounce glasses of water daily 72 hours prior to treatment.
- Avoid Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products and fish oil for 5 days prior to treatment and three days post treatment.
- No prolonged sun exposure and absolutely no sunburn two week prior to treatment.
- No Retin-A or other topical retinols, glycolic or salicylic acids, or benzoyl peroxide for 72 hours prior to treatment.
- Wear comfortable clothing with an open neck.
Day of Treatment:
- Eat a full meal prior to your appointment.
- Park in the rear parking lot of spa and enter through front entrance. You will exit through the back.
- Thoroughly cleanse your skin and apply your prescribed numbing cream to areas to be treated thirty minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Leave the Platelet Rich Fibrin on your skin for up to 12 hours. (Your PRF forms a mask and seals in growth factors, lymphocytes, fibrin and stem cells.)
- After 12 hours wash off the PRF with gentle cleanser and warm water.
- Apply only products recommended by your aesthetician.
- Avoid exfoliation or use of Clarisonic brush for three days post treatment.
- Avoid the use of AHA’s, BHA’s or retinol for five days following treatment.
- Avoid swimming for 14 days and strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours.
- Mineral makeup is recommended in the days following treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure for 14 days.