PRF, or Platelet Rich Fibrin, is a natural and innovative treatment that uses your own blood to promote healing and regeneration in various parts of the body. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of your blood and then processing it in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelets from other components. Platelets contain growth factors that are essential for tissue repair and regeneration. By isolating these platelets through PRF, they can be concentrated into an injectable solution which can then be used to treat specific areas of injury or damage.
Pre-Care Instructions For PRF
Before getting PRF treatment, it is essential to follow some pre-care instructions. These guidelines will help you get the most out of your PRF session and ensure that your healing process goes as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind before heading to your appointment:
- Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products for at least two weeks before the treatment. Smoking can cause poor blood flow and may interfere with the growth factors present in your blood.
- To ensure you are properly hydrated, drink at least 64 oz of water and eat a nutritious snack before arriving for your PRF treatment.
- Boost your body's healing power by taking 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily leading up to your treatment. The earlier you start, the better!
- Avoid certain supplements and medications such as Omega 3s, Turmeric, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, and Garlic Supplements for at least 7 days prior to your appointment.
- Reduce the likelihood of irritation or redness by pausing the use of Retinol & exfoliating acids three days before and after your treatment.
- Inform your doctor about any medications you're currently taking, whether they're prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Some medications like Aspirin and ibuprofen can thin your blood and affect the clotting process during PRF therapy.
- Make sure to eat a light meal before going for PRF therapy, as it helps regulate glucose levels in our bodies.
- PRF is not suitable for pregnant or nursing mothers or those who had a recent (within 2 weeks) or active infection.
- If you have any allergies or medical conditions that could impact healing after undergoing this procedure, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disorder – tell them ahead of time so they can tweak their approach accordingly.
By following these simple pre-care instructions carefully, patients can significantly improve their chances of having a successful outcome from Platelet Rich Fibrin treatment!
What Can Be Expected From PRF?
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a cutting-edge treatment that has been gaining popularity in the medical field. So, what can you expect from PRF therapy?
- You may experience some swelling, but it will come down. It is also normal for the treated area to look asymmetrical or uneven (especially in the tear troughs or lips) for up to 10 days following the procedure.
- The treated area may feel firm when touched, but this is also a typical side effect of PRF treatment.
- The best results are usually seen with a series of 3-4 treatments depending on each patient's skin quality and goals.
- We recommend waiting at least 4 weeks between each PRF treatment before reassessment.
- PRF is known for its regenerative properties. When injected into an area of injury or damage, it stimulates cellular growth and promotes healing. This means that patients who undergo PRF therapy may experience faster recovery times compared to traditional treatments.
- Another benefit of PRF therapy is that it uses your body's own natural resources to promote healing. The blood used in the process contains platelets, which are rich in growth factors and cytokines. These substances work together to stimulate tissue regeneration and reduce inflammation.
- Furthermore, since PRF uses your own cells and tissues, there is little risk of infection or rejection by your body's immune system. This makes it a safe alternative to other types of treatments that may involve foreign substances.
Post-Care Instructions For PRF
Post-care instructions for PRF are a vital part of the recovery process. Following these instructions will ensure that you get the most out of your treatment and avoid any complications.
- It is essential to avoid touching or poking the treated area with your fingers or tongue. Doing so can disrupt the clotting process and cause bleeding, slowing down the healing process.
- It's recommended that you keep your head above your heart for at least 4 hours after the procedure. This helps to reduce swelling and promote optimal blood flow throughout your body.
- It's also important not to exercise or engage in strenuous physical activity for at least 24-48 hours following treatment. This gives your body time to rest and recover from any potential trauma caused by the procedure.
- Make sure to continue avoiding Aspirin for at least two weeks post-procedure unless otherwise instructed by a prescribing practitioner. However, if you experience pain or soreness during this time period, taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as directed can be helpful.
- To further aid in your recovery process, it's best not to apply ice or heat directly on the treatment area for several days. In addition, try to avoid hot baths, saunas, or steam rooms for up to three days following PRF post-treatment.
By adhering to post-care instructions provided by your dental professional, you'll maximize potential benefits from PRF while minimizing risks associated with poor aftercare practices.
What To Avoid While Getting PRF?
When it comes to PRF treatment, there are a few things you should avoid in order to ensure the best possible results. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Smoking: Smoking can slow down your body's healing process and increase the risk of complications during and after PRF treatment.
- Drinking alcohol: Alcohol can also interfere with your body's ability to heal properly. It's best to avoid drinking for at least a few days before and after your PRF treatment.
- Taking blood thinners: If you take any medications that thin your blood (such as Aspirin or Warfarin), you may need to stop taking them temporarily before your PRF treatment. This will reduce the risk of excessive bleeding.
- Strenuous exercise: While it's important to stay active, it's best to avoid high-intensity workouts or activities that could put stress on the treated area for several days after your PRF treatment. This will give your body time to heal without causing further damage.
- Touching or manipulating the treated area: After your PRF treatment, try not to touch or manipulate the treated area too much. This can disrupt the healing process and cause inflammation or infection.
By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your PRF treatment is safe and effective, with minimal risks of complications along the way.
To learn more or schedule your appointment, call Iconic Skin Clinic at (714) 225-5137. You may also visit our La Mirada dental office at 15651 Imperial Hwy Suite 102, La Mirada, CA 90638, or Placentia dental office at 1041 East Yorba Linda Blvd. Suite 101 Placentia, CA 92870.