iPRF (injectable Platelet Rich Fibrin)
Blood is the communication system of our bodies. It enables organs and cells to “talk” to each other in order to keep our bodies at optimal levels.
It carries oxygen in and carbon-dioxide out, it removes waste products, it transports nutrients and hormones, white blood cells to fight infection, regulates body temperature and carries coagulants in case of injury.
What Happens in iPRF. The science bit.
A blood sample is collected and separated out into its component parts, at slow spin speeds in a centrifuge. The plasma component is then re-introduced into the skin. The blood draw tubes in PRP contain an anticoagulant, usually sodium citrate and this will go back into the skin.
With iPRF there is NO ANTI-COAGULANT USED. The only stuff that goes back into you is the stuff that came out of you.
In the older method of PRP these platelets were spun out at high speeds. They were inactive (due to the anticoagulant in the blood draw tubes) until coming into contact with thrombin and nearly half were also rather squashed and in-effective.
In iPRF scientific data shows us that there nearly twice the number of platelets compared to PRP. Also, iPRF (injectable Platelet Rich Fibrin) contains a network of fibrin mesh which slowly (over 7-10 days) breaks down, releasing platelet cytokines containing three growth factors and the healing and regeneration process continues.
Can be used with micro-needling, injections, dermal fillers, PDO threads, RF, laser.
Reduces the effects of:
- Other pigmentation
- Fine lines
- Hair loss
- Ageing skin
- Tear trough rejuvenation
- Lip rejuvenation and smokers’ lines
- General skin rejuvenation
- Acute and chronic infections.
- Skin disease.
- Current cancer and chemotherapy.
- Blood disorders: hypofibrinogenemia, thrombocytopenia.
- Metabolic and systemic disorders.
- Liver disease.
- Anti-coagulation therapy.
- Sepsis. (Underlying)
- Use of systemic corticosteroids within two weeks of procedure.
Risks and complications
Pain, bleeding, bruising, infection, injury to nerves or muscle at site of injections. Nausea/vomiting, dizziness, fainting, temporary blood sugar increase/decrease. These may happen at any injection and are not specific to iPRF.
Drug, alcohol and smoking reduce the effects of iPRF.