Unlock Your Body's Potential Of Naturally Healing Itself!
At Biltmore Restorative Medicine and Aesthetics, we are proud to offer the newest addition to the field of regenerative medicine: platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). Up to this point, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been the only platelet-based product offered for treatment. However, treatments are always improving due to evolving research and technology. At Biltmore Restorative Medicine and Aesthetics, one of our goals is to be at the forefront of any therapy that we offer. We are proud to be the first practice in WNC using this dramatically improved platelet therapy–PRF!
PRP or PRF: What’s the difference?
- Amount of blood: Both PRP and PRF require blood to be taken from the patient. However, PRP needs more blood to be processed than PRF.
- Types of cells: Both PRP and PRF require the whole blood sample to be placed in a centrifuge to separate the cells into distinct layers. PRF is spun at a slower speed so that some of the white blood cells and stem cells remain with the platelet layer collected for treatment. And the concentration of platelets is greater with PRF than PRP. Thus, there are more healing factors within PRF products than with PRP.
- Trauma to cells: In addition, the lower spin speed used for PRF causes less trauma to the individual cells, thereby making the cells more effective.
- Concentration of platelets: Research shows that an ideal concentration of platelets for PRP is between 2-5 times the level of platelets typically found within the body. Newer research now points out that an even higher concentration of platelets is more effective. PRF products contain approximately 10 times the platelet concentration found within the body. Most practices are not even reaching two times native concentrations.
- Anticoagulant: With PRP, the blood that is collected is placed in test tubes that have an anticoagulant called acid citrate dextrose (ACD), which keeps the blood from clotting too quickly. This additive can be painful and irritating to patients. PRF does not require any anticoagulants, thereby maintaining a more natural environment for the platelets.
- Fibrin: Because anticoagulants are not used with PRF, this allows the fibrinogen in the blood to convert thrombin into fibrin naturally. Fibrin, in basic terms, is what platelets bind to as they circulate. And when fibrin binds to platelets, they release growth factors that help create new collagen, skin cells, blood vessels and nerves.
In summary, PRF is the next-generation of PRP and has been proven to be more effective because of the types and concentration of cells it contains. The results that we are seeing are beyond our wildest imagination! So where are we seeing these results?
- Under-eye hollows!
- Nipple sensitivity improvement
- Stretch marks
Make your appointment today! You will love your results and be the envy of all around you!
The body has incredible resources to heal itself. Imagine harnessing this natural healing ability to restore and rejuvenate specific areas of our body. Platelets, found naturally in the blood, are the vehicles for healing. When an injury occurs, the platelets activate and release growth factors to heal the wound.
Platelet-rich plasma also has a long history in the treatment of surgical recovery, bone cancer, ulcers, and torn ligaments, and there have been reported successes in a large variety of other conditions.
“PRP” or platelet-rich plasma is the process of taking your own blood and enriching (or supercharging) it with your own platelets and then injecting the growth factors that help skin and tissue be both healthier and more vibrant.
How does PRP work?
For over 25 years, platelet-rich plasma has shown promise as a way to accelerate the healing process. PRP has been used safely and documented in many fields such as: sports medicine, orthopedics, aesthetics, urology, dentistry, wound care, ophthalmology, cardiothoracic, and maxillofacial surgery.
We use in a number of different applications such as improving skin elasticity and firmness for a more youthful appearance, restoring hair growth, and treating sexual health challenges in men and women.
We use PRP in Asheville to restore a youthful appearance to the face, breast, hands, and restore hair.
What areas can be treated with platelet-rich plasma?
A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun so that it separates. After 15 minutes, we take the PRP from the centrifuge and inject it into the skin.
The platelet-rich plasma stimulates new collagen to form at the injection site because it is enriched with platelets and proteins that stimulate growth. The activated platelets stimulate the growth of new tissue, nerves, and blood vessels in and around the injection sites. The use of your own body’s natural growth factors and other healing and rejuvenating products may astound you!
Because this process involves your own blood and no other additives or medications, it is 100% natural.
How long does the procedure take?
It is an in-office procedure that takes around 30 minutes.
What kind of results can I expect?
Depending on which treatment you receive will determine the expected results. Some see results later that day. The improvement is gradual and cumulative.
Is this FDA approved?
The special kits we use are FDA approved, but the FDA does not regulate your own blood products as it is not considered a drug.
Is this covered by insurance?
At this time, PRP is not covered by insurance.
How much does PRP cost?
Invest in only the best provider, equipment, and highest quality PRP, prices start around $800. Discounts for multiple treatments may be substantially less.
Beware of low priced PRP. Cheap PRP means platelet “poor” plasma, which has a fraction of the healing properties compared to our Platelet RICH Plasma!