Dr. Jordan Dutton N.D. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre Naturopath YVR
4 min|Dr. Jordan Dutton

Unlocking Youthful Skin with Platelet Rich Fibrin: A Natural Beauty Secret

Beauty, Skin Health
In the realm of aesthetics and regenerative medicine, Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is making waves as a powerful tool for enhancing beauty and promoting healing. But what exactly is PRF, and how can it benefit you?

What is Platelet Rich Fibrin?

Platelet-Rich Fibrin, is a remarkable substance derived from your own blood. It's a versatile treatment option used in various medical and aesthetic procedures. While it's primarily known for its aesthetic applications, PRF is also finding its way into dermatological, gynecological, dental, and regenerative medicine treatments.

Where Can You Use PRF?

One of the fantastic aspects of PRF is its versatility. In aesthetic practices, it can be applied to enhance the face, chest, décolleté, and even to address common concerns like C-section scars. Beyond aesthetics, ongoing research is exploring its potential in treating dermatological and gynecological disorders, dental procedures, and regenerative therapies for joints. PRF Gel has also emerged as a safe and natural alternative to traditional fillers.

How is PRF Administered?

The administration of PRF is a minimally invasive process. It is typically injected directly into the treatment area or applied via micro-needling techniques, making it a relatively straightforward procedure.

How Does PRF Work Its Magic?

PRF's magic lies in its ability to stimulate your body's natural processes. When administered, PRF kick starts your immune system, increasing signaling to the treated area. This, in turn, boosts the recruitment of growth factors and stem cells, promoting tissue regeneration and rejuvenation. PRF also contains 2% of your body's own stem cells.

What's the Recovery Time?

If you're considering PRF, you'll be pleased to know that downtime is minimal. Generally, you can expect a recovery period of just a few days to a week, allowing you to quickly resume your daily activities.

Different Forms of Platelet Treatments

PRF is part of a family of blood-derived platelet treatments that includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Rich Gel. Each of these treatments has its unique benefits and applications. Let's briefly explore why PRF shines in certain scenarios:

Targeted Treatment: PRF's effectiveness depends on the area you want to treat and the results you desire. Whether it's addressing dark circles under the eyes, resurfacing skin for acne scars, or restoring elasticity to aging skin, PRF can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Ways to Use Platelet Products

PRF can be used in three primary ways:
  • for regenerative purposes in joint injections,
  • aesthetically to improve skin tone and volume,
  • and in dental procedures to assist with grafts and transplants
Here’s a PRF cheat sheet to see which may be the best option for you.
Type of Platelet ProductBest AreaThings to Note
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
  • Microneedling

  • Hair (burns after injection)

  • Therapeutic for joints

  • It stays liquid due to addition of an anticoagulant (heparin or sodium citrate), but due to pH difference, it can burn after injection.

  • Diffuses quickly through tissue and bio-stimulates.

PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin)
  • Hair (burns less)

  • Microneedling

  • Scars

  • Pigmentation

  • Under eyes

  • Wrinkles and lines

  • Dental uses

  • Gels quickly (must use it quickly).

  • Due to quick coagulation, it will form a matrix that stays where the PRF was injected for several days, allowing for maximum accumulation of growth factors.

  • Great as an under eye filler but takes 3-5 treatments for optimal results.

PRF Gel (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Gel)
  • Best for under eye area instead of filler

  • Entire face to stimulate and build volume

  • Acts to build volume that lasts 3 months (1 treatment)-9 months (2 treatments).

  • Biostimulator and filler.

Cons to Consider

While PRF offers incredible benefits, it's important to be aware of potential side effects. Swelling is a common occurrence post-treatment, typically lasting about four days but peaking at one day post-treatment. Puffiness may persist for up to a week. However, it's essential to remember that the risk of allergies or adverse reactions is virtually nonexistent with PRF, as it exclusively uses your body's own product, free from additives. 

Any Risks?

In theory, any substance that solidifies (like gel) could potentially block an artery and cause occlusion. However, PRF's advantage lies in its natural origin, as your body can break it down if necessary. Moreover, PRF injections are performed with the same safety precautions as traditional fillers, making it a forgiving product with minimal risk of migration.

As with any injection-based procedure, there is a slight risk of bruising and infection. Additionally, if PRF with high red blood cell content is improperly prepared and injected superficially into an area with thin skin, there could be a theoretical risk of hemosiderin staining (iron accumulation).

Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a remarkable natural beauty secret with a wide range of applications in aesthetics and regenerative medicine. Whether you're looking to enhance your appearance or aid in healing, PRF's biostimulating properties and minimal risks make it a promising choice. To explore the transformative potential of PRF, consult with a qualified practitioner and discover the rejuvenating effects for yourself.
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