PRF Face/Tear Troughs
The delicate skin under the eyes is a common area of concern, and dark circles or deep hollows can contribute to a tired, prematurely aged look. PRF takes the "liquid gold" (white blood cells, fibrin, and a small number of stem cells) from your blood and is injected under your eye. Theses components release growth factors over time to add volume, accelerate healing of tissue, improve collagen and elastin in the skin. Tear trough treatment can rejuvenate the under eye area for a refreshed and youthful appearance.
PRF is like PRP, but allows for more beneficial cells to be used. The idea of the high spin method (PRP) is to eliminate all Red Blood Cells (RBC), by pushing them down with gravitational force. By using this method, you also eliminate some of the cells that we want.
PRF is your blood, spun down at a slower rate to ensure we capture all the beneficial cells your blood has to offer. Unlike PRP, PRF contains more platelets, white blood cells, and a small number of stem cells!
From: $450 for one treatment or $800 for two treatments. Other areas may be additional charge.
PRF Pre & Post Care Instructions
Treatment Overview: PRF therapy for the face is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient's own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich fibrin) remain, and infusing it into the facial tissue through a cannula. PRF contains essential proteins and growth factors that stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume. Due to the natural variation in quality of platelet-rich fibrin, results will vary between individuals. Some patients may require multiple sessions to obtain desired outcomes.
Contraindications: You should not have PRF treatment done if you have any of the following conditions:
• An impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases, HIV, HTV, or immunosuppressive medications
• Skin conditions and diseases including: Facial cancer, existing or uncured. This includes SCC, BCC and melanoma, systemic cancer, and chemotherapy.
• Steroid therapy, dermatological diseases affecting the face (i.e. Porphyria), communicable diseases, blood disorders and platelet abnormalities, anticoagulation therapy (i.e. Warfarin)
• A history of medication over the past 2 months that could affect the skin, i.e., Accutane
• Pacemakers, a history of a severe heart disorder, arrhythmias
• Pregnant or breastfeeding
• Current us of blood thinning medications or have a history of blood clotting disorders
• Any active skin disease or disorder around the treatment site; acne, eczema, psoriasis
• A history of keloids or abnormal wound healing
• Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within 3 months
Prior to Treatment, Inform Your Provider of the Following:
• If you have a history of facial and/or nasal herpes or fever blisters to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
• If you have a history of any significant allergy or skin sensitivity
• If you have any implants that could be metal
• If you are taking broad beta-blockers such as Inderal (Propranolol), please inform your provider as this medication may need to be changed to a select beta-blocker in advance of the treatment.
• If you have recently had a facial peel or surgery
• Recent use of self-tanning lotions, tanning booths, or prolonged sun exposure 24 hours prior to treatment
• All current medications and supplements including blood thinning, Accutane and use of Retin-A products
• If you have had Hormone replacement therapy
• If you have a history of Keloid scarring
• If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
7 DAYS BEFORE Treatment:
• Avoid chemical peels, waxing, electrolysis, Laser treatments, or threading
• Discontinue blood thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, and Essential Fatty Acids, and multivitamins, a minimum of 7 days (preferably 14 days) prior to treatment. It is fine to continue iron and vitamin D.
• If you are taking any blood thinners, please let your provider know immediately, as they may represent a contraindication to this treatment. These medications include Plavix, Coumadin and Heparin.
• Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications. We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRF works.
• You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed prior to the treatment.
• Prescription medications (including heart and blood pressure medication) should be taken as prescribed right up to, and including, the day of and the day after your treatments.
• Avoid excessive sun or heat exposure.
3 DAYS BEFORE Treatment:
• Please arrive to the office with a “clean face”. Do not wear makeup. No lotions, makeup or other topical products should be applied on the day of the procedure.
Immediately Following Treatment:
• You may expect a certain degree of discomfort, redness, and/or irritation during and after treatment.
• You may have a bruise at the blood draw site.
• If you experience any pain or discomfort you may take Tylenol or other Acetaminophen-containing products as directed.
• DO NOT take any anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
• Light scabs may form in the treated area and remain for 24 to 48 hours.
• Do not pick or scratch treated skin but instead keep it moisturized.
• Avoid vigorous exercise (walking is fine), sun and heat exposure for at least 24 hours following your treatment.
• Make sure you only use clean linens and towels during the healing process.
• Avoid pets and small children having contact with treated skin for the first 12 - 24 hours.
• During the healing phase, be sure to disinfect your cell phone or landline phone with alcohol wipes before use. Try to avoid your treated skin’s contact with the phone by choosing a hands-free option.
After Treatment Care:
* Continue to avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (if possible try for 7 days).
• Use a gentle cleanser (i.e. CeraVe Gentle Cleanser) and tepid water to cleanse the face starting the day after your procedure and continue for the following 72 hours.
• Use a gentle moisturizer as needed.
• Avoid excessive sun exposure, including tanning booths, and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily of SPF 30 or higher.
• Avoid warm environments (i.e., hot tubs, jacuzzis, steam rooms, hot yoga, saunas, etc.) for 3 days post treatment.
• You will begin to see improvements in the overall texture and tone shortly after your treatment, but the overall effects take up to 3 months, for optimal improvement.
• New collagen formation takes 4-6 weeks to develop; please be patient.
• It is recommended to have a minimum of 2 treatments, 6-8 weeks apart for maximum benefit.
Contact the Office Immediately if any of the Following Signs of Infection Occur:
• Drainage – looks like pus
• Increased warmth at or around the treated area
• Fever of 101.5 or greater
• Severe pain that is unresponsive to over-the-counter pain relievers