What is PRF?
Platelet rich fibrin, or PRF, is a substance found in and extracted from your own blood. Once separated from the blood itself, it has a gelatine-like makeup. PRF is made entirely from your own cells, meaning it is compatible with your own body. As a result, PRF possesses incredible healing properties. PRF can be used for different reasons and in different areas of the body; for example, in dentistry, it can be used around the area where a tooth has just been extracted, to help with healing. PRF not only speeds the healing process, but it has proven to help heal the wounds to a much greater extent than had the wound been left to heal on its own.
What’s the difference between PRF and PRP?
PRP refers to platelet-rich plasma, and it is a similar type of treatment as PRF, although it requires more blood to be taken than in PRF. However, newer research is showing that although similar, PRF is generally a superior substance and delivers better overall results than PRP-related procedures and treatments.
This may be due to one of the main differences between PRF and PRP, which is the actual concentration of platelets within the final substance. When extracted and created properly, PRF contains approximately 10 times the platelet concentration than is found within the body, and more than that of PRP.
Finally, another key difference worth knowing about is that with PRF, no anticoagulant is used during the processing of the blood to create the product. An anticoagulant is a substance used to stop or slow our blood from clotting (also called coagulating). Since PRF usually doesn’t have coagulants added in the mixture process, it tends to be a more natural, whole substance that PRP, further ensuring more powerful results when used.
What is PRF used for?
PRF can be used for and in complement to various healing procedures, such as for oral health, as mentioned above, wound healing, bone regeneration, graft stabilization, and more. More recently, it has been used for hair loss and hair thinning, and clients have seen excellent results with this.
Does PRF work for hair loss?
Yes. While you may have already heard about PRP for hair loss, recent research has found that PRF is an even more superior, effective treatment for hair loss. After the PRF is created from extracted blood, it is then injected into the area for thinning hair. This can help with hair regrowth and recovery.
Although there may be some discomfort or pain during the actual procedure, there is usually little to no downtime. Many clients prefer PRF to more traditional methods of hair regrowth, as it is done once on the spot during a session, rather than having to be taken or applied consistently throughout the day like other hair regrowth methods.
Who is a good candidate for PRF hair treatment?
Generally, anyone who is experiencing hair loss or thinning can be a good candidate for PRF. If your hair loss is related to an underlying, or perhaps temporary medical issue for which you are currently undergoing treatment, PRF may not be the best option.
At Men’s Health of Mississippi, we are happy to provide a consultation for PRF hair loss treatment. We can examine the degree and extent of your hair loss, and walk you through what the PRF treatment entails, how many treatments you may need, and what to expect in terms of results. We understand that hair loss can be upsetting and embarrassing, and can greatly impact your self esteem. There are options for you to achieve hair regrowth, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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