In Birmingham, AL

By Blake Raggio MD

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Published on May 2024

Unlock the Secrets of PRF Injections: The Ultimate Face Rejuvenation Solution

Discover the transformative power of Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections, the groundbreaking treatment taking the world of cosmetic enhancement by storm. PRF injections are the latest innovation in leveraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms to revitalize and enrich your skin, offering a more radiant and youthful appearance.

Expert Insights on PRF Injections:

  • Dr. Blake Raggio: Distinguished Facial Plastic Surgeon with double-board certification, based in Birmingham, AL.

Revolutionize Your Beauty Regimen with PRF Injections: PRF injections are a novel cosmetic procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to enhance the under-eye area and overall skin quality. This advanced cosmetic treatment represents the next evolution of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapies, traditionally used in sports medicine. Dr. Raggio sees PRF injections as a great complement to Microneedling and a wonderful alternative to under-eye fillers, utilizing your body’s blood to rejuvenate those areas.

Dr. Raggio details the PRF process: a patient’s blood is drawn and centrifuged without anticoagulants, creating a fibrin-rich substance that combats signs of aging, hair loss, and facilitates skin healing.

The Unparalleled Benefits of PRF Injections: Dr. Raggio also touts the unparalleled safety of PRF derived from the patient’s own biological material. The advantages of PRF include:

  • Harnessing the body’s own cells
  • Potential remedy for under-eye circles
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimal risk of adverse effects
  • Stimulation of skin collagen and elastin
  • Non-surgical hair regeneration

Dr. Raggio affirms that PRF injections are universally applicable, given their autologous nature, and contribute to enhanced collagen production, hair growth, and quicker healing times than other treatments.

Comparing PRF Injections and Traditional Fillers: Dr. Raggio advises that PRF injections should not be considered a direct replacement for traditional fillers, especially when seeking to add volume to areas like the under-eye or cheeks. He notes the limitations of PRF in achieving significant volumetric changes and its unreliability in addressing facial volume loss. For these patients seeking volume, filler and/or fat grafting offers a great adjuvant therapy.

As with any injection, there is a risk of bruising. Also, injectables often require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results, as they may not yield noticeable enhancements initially. Dr. Raggio will guide you on whether PRF can be a complete substitute for fillers or, instead a treatment best combined with filler or fat grafting.

Preparing for Your PRF Injection Experience: PRF treatments are a premium cosmetic option, but Dr. Raggio supports their cost-effectiveness compared to fillers. Dr. Raggio’s essential preparation tips for PRF include avoiding NSAIDs, ensuring proper hydration, refraining from alcohol, and pausing certain supplements and topical treatments before the procedure that can increase bleeding or bruising. Lastly, choosing a reputable medical facility that adheres to sterile practices to mitigate infection risks is imperative.

Navigating PRF Injections: A Comprehensive Guide for Optimal Skin Rejuvenation

Embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections, a cutting-edge solution for those seeking to enhance their skin’s vitality without requiring invasive surgery. Here’s what you can anticipate during the PRF injection process, as detailed by Birmingham, AL, Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Blake Raggio:

“One of our skilled technicians will draw a small amount of blood, which will then be placed in a centrifuge. As the blood is spun, the areas to be injected may be comfortably numbed to minimize discomfort. The centrifugation process separates the blood’s PRF, which is then carefully extracted and ready for injection using a specialized blunt-tipped cannula and/or needle, depending on the desired treatment effect. For some patients, mixing PRF with Hyaluronic Acid fillers can add the subtle volume sometimes needed in areas like the tear trough or lower face. The whole injection process is tolerated well and only takes 10-15 minutes. Afterward, you may be asked to apply cold compresses to the area and to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours. After that, it’s back to normal duties, and you can wear makeup to disguise any bruising that sometimes occurs.”

In short, PRF injections can be administered to various facial areas, including wrinkles and under-eye regions, or combined with microneedling techniques. The entire session, including numbing and injection, can range from 20 to 60 minutes, with a series of three to five treatments recommended for optimal results.

PRP vs. PRF: What’s the Difference? While PRF injections share similarities with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) injections, there’s a distinct scientific difference. Dr. Raggio explains:

“Compared to PRP, the new and improved PRF, or plasma-rich fibrin, contains a richer concentration of various cells, including white cells, other pro-inflammatory cells, and platelets, due to a slower centrifugation process. This allows for a higher concentration and less traumatized portion of these blood components to remain in the upper layers of the centrifuged blood, which are ready to be injected and promote skin health and tissue regeneration.”

Opting for PRF injections for facial rejuvenation may offer enhanced growth factors and stem cell effects compared to PRP, making it a compelling choice for those seeking a more youthful appearance in a safe, natural, and effective manner.

Potential Side Effects and Aftercare As with any injection-based treatment, PRF injections may result in temporary redness, bruising, or discomfort. Dr. Raggio notes that these unwanted side effects are common and typically short-lived. Swelling or puffiness, particularly under the eyes, is also expected and should subside within a few days.

Investment and Duration of PRF Results The investment in PRF injections varies, with costs ranging from $500 to $2000 per session. Considering the potential need for multiple treatments, the total expense can be significant. However, as Dr. Raggio suggests, the results can last from one to two years, making it a valuable long-term investment in your skin’s health.

Final Considerations PRF injections are at the forefront of cosmetic treatments, offering a non-surgical path to skin rejuvenation that is safe and well-tolerated with minimal downtime. It’s crucial to consult with a trusted provider to tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your comfort level and desired outcomes.


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    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

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    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

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    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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