About PRP and PRF

Everyone’s blood contains plasma, and this plasma contains platelets and fibrin. The platelets also contain dozens of growth factors. When these growth factors are used for hair restoration, they stimulate cell renewal and increase blood flow, kick-starting a new active growth phase for dormant hair follicles.

When fibrin is also introduced to this process, it structures and stabilizes the growth factors. After multiple PRP/PRF treatments, individuals who are unhappy with their hair loss may see results as soon as six months.

What’s the difference between PRP and PRF?

Separation process

The separation process for PRP is done manually, which means that sometimes red or white blood cells remain in the plasma. The separation process for PRF is automatic and slower, which means that the PRF is more pure. 

Collection method

When PRP is extracted, it goes into a container that includes an anticoagulant. When PRF is extracted, there are no additives, making it a completely unmodified concentration. 

Amount of growth factors

PRF contains about 10 times as many growth factors as PRP.


PRF’s consistency causes a slower release and spread of growth factors than that of PRP, which means that the body is able to use the growth factors more effectively with PRF.

Longevity of results

The functional benefits of PRF work longer than PRP. With PRF, the benefits are active for approximately one week, whereas with PRP, they are active for approximately one day.  


Because of all the PRF advantages listed above, PRF treatments typically cost more than PRP treatments. 

What happens during a PRP/PRF treatment?

A PRP/PRF hair restoration treatment consists of two parts: a blood draw and injections into the scalp. Before treatment, your scalp will be cleansed and numbed, and we will draw blood from a vein. This blood will be placed into a centrifuge, which will separate the plasma from the red blood cells and other impurities. Once the plasma has been separated, it will be added to a syringe so that it can be injected directly into targeted areas of the scalp where hair growth is desired.

PRP/PRF hair treatments take approximately one hour, and during your consultation, we will let you know an estimate on how many treatments you may need. Maintenance injections are typically recommended every 3-6 months.

Recovery and results

The majority of PRP/PRF hair restoration patients are able to return to their regular activities after treatment. Common side effects include tenderness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, itching, and/or scabs in the treated area. Some patients also experience a headache. In approximately three months, patients will see more hair growth, with hair that is denser and even sometimes darker.

Final results are visible at 6-12 months. It’s important for those who are considering PRP/PRF treatments to be aware that results may not be permanent. The reason for this is that hair loss is caused by many different things, and the root of your unique hair loss may not respond in a long-term way to the PRP or PRF procedure.

Why choose Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery?

Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in Bryn Mawr, nestled in the heart of the Main Line just outside of Philadelphia. Our mission is to deliver the most advanced cosmetic and facial surgery techniques and technologies to all patients, coupled with the highest level of outcomes in a caring and safe atmosphere. Founded by double board-certified facial surgeon Dr. Jason Bloom — a highly respected teacher, trainer, author, and consultant within the industry — our aesthetic center utilizes a combination of patient-specific injectable treatments, clinical skincare, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to achieve the best results for each patient. We are a premier facial plastic surgery office combining expert surgeons with a fantastic aesthetician team. 

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