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Platelet-rich Fibrin

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a biomaterial that is derived from the patient's own blood and is used in various medical and dental procedures. It is a type of platelet concentrate that contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and cytokines, all the whizz-bang blood cells which play a crucial role in tissue regeneration and wound healing. Cool huh?

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF)

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a biomaterial that is derived from the patient’s own blood and is used in various medical and dental procedures.

It is a type of platelet concentrate that contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and cytokines, all the whizz-bang blood cells which play a crucial role in tissue regeneration and wound healing. Cool huh?

The process of obtaining PRF involves collecting a small amount of blood and then centrifuging it to separate the different components. The resulting product is a fibrin matrix that is rich in platelets and leukocytes.

PRF has gained popularity in various medical fields due to its regenerative properties. Some applications of PRF include:

Facial Aesthetic Treatments & Dermatology: PRF is used in aesthetic procedures such as facial rejuvenation, scar revision, and hair restoration to improve skin quality and promote collagen production.

PRF has gained popularity in various medical fields due to its regenerative properties. Some applications of PRF include:

Facial Aesthetic Treatments & Dermatology

PRF is used in aesthetic procedures such as facial rejuvenation, scar revision, and hair restoration to improve skin quality and promote collagen production.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

PRF is used in procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, socket preservation, and periodontal surgeries to enhance healing and promote tissue regeneration.

Orthopedics

PRF injections are used to stimulate tissue repair and reduce inflammation in conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and ligament injuries

Plastic Surgery

PRF is utilised in plastic surgery procedures like fat grafting, wound healing, and tissue reconstruction to enhance outcomes and accelerate healing.

PRF is favored over other platelet concentrates like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in some cases due to its fibrin matrix, which provides a scaffold for cell migration and promotes sustained release of growth factors.

Differences

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) are both platelet concentrates derived from the patient's own blood, but they have distinct differences in terms of preparation, composition, and applications.

Preparation

PRP is prepared by centrifuging the patient's blood to separate the platelets, plasma, and other blood components to obtain a liquid PRP solution. PRF is prepared using a simpler centrifugation process without anticoagulants allowing for the formation of a fibrin clot.

Composition

PRP primarily consists of platelets, growth factors, and some plasma proteins. It does not contain a significant fibrin matrix. So in facial aesthetics it can be used in cell regeneration, and even made for an autogenous dermal filler. PRF contains a fibrin matrix, along with platelets, white blood cells, growth factors, and cytokines.

Properties

PRP is a liquid solution that is used for injections in aesthetic procedures, so you can use your own blood for lip enhancements !

PRF has more fibrin so is used in wound healing and skin regeneration.