Platelet Rich Plasma

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine services offered in Los Gatos, CA

Platelet-rich plasma and its next-generation evolution, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), use your own blood to rejuvenate your face. At ShotDocMD, talented physician Grace Kim, MD, is an elite expert in the world of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. She uses PRF along with dermal fillers to treat smile lines, skin sagging, and other issues that may occur due to aging and sun exposure. Call the San Luis Obispo or Los Gatos, California, office to learn more today.

Alternative Medicine Q&A

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma is a concentrate made of platelets taken from a small amount of your own blood. Platelets are some of the human body’s most powerful cells. They contain growth factors, substances that trigger tissue repair, healing, and cellular growth. 

Platelets rush to the site of injuries and start the repair process. But, if you’re not injured, the amount of platelets around any particular part of the body is quite low. Platelet-rich plasma allows for the injection of a large deposit of platelets (along with their growth factors) where you want them. 

At ShotDocMD, Dr. Kim uses a more advanced version of platelet-rich plasma called platelet-rich fibrin (PRF).

How are platelet-rich plasma and PRF used in aesthetics treatments? 

ShotDocMD offers a remarkable alternative to surgical face-lift using PRF alongside dermal fillers. This treatment, called the PRF Facelift, can be a good option for anyone looking for a nonsurgical face refresh. It can:

  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Blur away fine lines
  • Improve facial volume in the cheeks and other areas
  • Tighten skin
  • Smooth skin
  • Improve skin color

The PRF essentially launches an injury response (a greatly magnified one) underneath your skin. This leads to tissue regrowth, improved blood flow, and the production of new collagen and elastin (your skin’s support and tightening proteins). 

Results can be long-lasting, and chemical peels and a quality skin care regimen can maximize and extend your PRF facelift results. 

How are platelet-rich plasma and PRF different?

PRP and PRF are similar but different. Using different blood treatment processes, you can get different results from the platelets and their growth factors. 

Essentially, the difference is that with PRF, Dr. Kim adds a fibrin matrix to your blood platelets. This matrix makes PRF more stable during injections and creates a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors.  

With PRP, nearly all growth factors are released right away upon injection. But, with PRF, you get many more growth factors, and they’re released more gradually. So, PRF is particularly valuable for aesthetics treatments because it works towards long-term skin support. 

If you’re interested in facial rejuvenation without surgery, a PRF Facelift might be right for you. Dr. Kim is happy to explain how the procedure works and how it can help with your skin concerns, so call ShotDocMD or click online booking to arrange your consultation now.