What Is PRFM?
Platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) is a new advance in platelet rich plasma treatment. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used for several years in medicine for multiple purposes. Its first uses were to treat injuries such as tendinopathies or muscular damage. PRP is injected directly into the target area. The platelets break down and release multiple substances including growth factors that stimulate cell proliferation, matrix formation, formation of new blood vessels, and collagen synthesis. They also cause the activation of local stem cells and fibroblasts. The results of this chemical cascade is the healing of injured tissue and growth of healthy tissue. To learn more about the benefits of PRFM, contact Palmer Cosmetic Surgery at our office in Fort Lauderdale.
When PRP is injected, it releases its activating factors over a time period of about 6-8 hours. The advantage of PRFM is that this technology binds the platelets into a gel matrix, and extends the time the platelet activating factors are released to 6-8 days. This allows for a more prolonged recruitment of local stem cells and fibroblasts, which should produce a more profound effect at the injection site.
There are multiple uses for PRFM. Cosmetically, it can be used as a filler to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, volume loss in the cheek area, temporal depressions, and lip enhancement. It is especially effective in the eyelid region. The advantage of PRFM over fillers are many. It is significantly better to treat the lower eyelids and the tear trough. It is much better for treating fine lines. The effects of the PRFM may last significantly longer than fillers, depending on the amount of new tissue that is generated. It is more cost effective in treating multiple areas. Usually, 4 cc of PRFM are obtained, and the cost per cc compared to fillers is 50-75% less. One especially exciting use for PRFM is in treating hair loss. It is very effective in correcting female hair loss, and is also very effective in treating early male pattern baldness.
PRFM has many uses in sexual medicine. It can be used to increase vaginal and clitoral sensitivity. It can be used to treat vaginal dryness and vaginal laxity. It also can be used to treat thinning labial tissues. Men can benefit from better erections, treatment of erectile dysfunction, and possible increase in size.
PRFM is also very effective for treating joint pain and musculoskeletal injuries.
PRFM treatments are prepared from the patient’s own blood. After the blood is drawn, it is centrifuged, and the platelets are separated. Through a proprietary system, the platelets are prepared, and remain in a liquid form for injection for about 15 minutes. Once they reached the tissue, the gel matrix is formed, and the beneficial effects start to occur.
If you are interested in learning more about PRFM, we can help you find out if it’s the right treatment for you at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!