Glasgow based Ever Clinic will be the first clinic in Scotland to offer a new injectable platelet rich fibrin (iPRF) treatment. This treatment has multiple applications including treatment of arthritis and hair loss treatment (alopecia) and skin rejuvenation.
Clinical trials have already demonstrated that being used to treat joint pain and arthritis; it has reduced pain, improved function and stimulated cartilage regrowth. We will be providing knee joint injections initially, and plan to follow patients over the following six months to gauge progress.
Christine McKenna from Edinburgh, 91, was in constant daily pain due to osteoarthritis in her knees. Christine reported “I had been going to the Doctors for years with pain and I kept being given the same medication that didn’t do very much, and at 91, I want to enjoy the mobility that I do have, with as little pain as possible. In the weeks after having my i-PRF treatment on my left knee, I noticed a massive decrease in my level of pain and an increase in my mobility.”
The use of iPRF is a unique rejuvenation technique that uses the patient’s own blood plasma, enriched with platelets (source of healing proteins and growth factors), fibrin (the wound healing and regeneration matrix) and stem cells (cells which hold the potential to become any specialised cell). This product is injected, resulting in activation of accelerated healing and regeneration. As a result, the body’s own powerful regenerative properties are concentrated and focused on the area of concern.
Christine continues, “Due to my age, Dr Cormac had only treated one of my knees on my first visit and shortly after the treatment I had to walk a long distance, around Edinburgh from the car to the Playhouse one evening.”
After the long walk I was immediately in pain but found there was a substantial difference in the two knees, the treated knee being much less painful than the other. The next morning my untreated knee was agony while my treated knee felt as though the walk never happened. I’ve since had my other knee done and my quality of life, level of pain in the morning and during the day has seen improvements, which I didn’t think we’re previously possible!”
iPRF intensifies the functioning and reproduction of cells, resulting in a gradual onset and enduring effect. Producing virtually no downtime, this clinic based treatment can also be used for skin and hair rejuvenation as well as treating acne scars.
One of the new applications of i-PRF is for the treatment of hair loss. It is used to reverse the hair loss in men and women as part of a multi-step treatment of the scalp that is done under local anaesthetic. This is an all-natural non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who suffer from hair loss or thinning. iPRF can enhance the growth of hair follicles by virtue of the introduction of a high concentration of growth factors and blood derived stem cells into the microenvironment of the hair follicle. The result is thickening and growth acceleration in existing hairs.
To book your consultation contact the Ever Clinic on 0141 266 0118 or book online at www.everclinic.co.uk
PRICES (PER TREATMENTS)
Rejuvenation may be achieved by a single treatment.
For treatment of significant skin or hair problems, a course of 3 treatments is recommended
For the treatment of arthritis and hair loss.
i-PRF treatments £400 *
*Part of a clinical protocol
Is this the same as PRP? What is the difference:
Both PRP (platelet rich plasma), and iPRF (platelet rich fibrin) are platelet based growth factor treatments that are extracted using centrifugation. iPRF is different from PRP in that there is no added anticoagulant (blood thinner) and there is a much higher concentration of stem cells.
And here is the technical detail:
The avoidance of clotting is physiological and is achieved through negative charge of the collecting tube to mimic the conditions within our own blood vessels (their lining is negatively charged) that prevent fibrin from creating a clot within them, obtaining a platelet rich injectable fibrin. Once PRF is injected in the tissue it transforms from liquid into a gel, filling voids in folds and wrinkles, also providing a powerful regenerative matrix that releases platelets’ growth factors in a physiological controlled slow manner that enhances tissue regeneration is a better way than PRP.
In addition, the enrichment of platelets in these two products is not the same. In PRP, the platelets are enriched two to four times above the physiological concentrations available in blood and there are very few circulating blood stem cells. In contrast, PRF contains all the platelets with no elimination of the powerful regenerative matrix (fibrin) in addition to another very rich source of growth factors and tissue regeneration: the circulating blood stem cells.
WHY IS FIBRIN IMPORTANT?
Dr Choukroun, who invented iPRF, explains that Fibrin functions as a matrix that traps the platelets and controls their release of growth factors “very slowly and continuously over a time period of more than one week”. Growth factors release rate into the target tissue is important for tissue receptors to respond over a prolonged period of time following treatment. “It’s not the amount of growth factors that’s the most important, but it’s released into the site. To treat severe infection, antibiotics can be injected drop by drop in an IV perfusion, ensuring that a stable concentration is maintained. This is the same in PRF biology—to obtain the most important function a stable concentration must be maintained. The best is a drop-by-drop infusion”.
AESTHETIC REGENERATIVE USE OF PRF
Platelet growth factors in a fibrin scaffold is the first response to injury observed in all human tissue. Thus, the applications of PRF for healing and regeneration is not limited only to skin. Accelerated healing, new blood vessels and proliferation of cells producing collagen (fibroblasts) have been well demonstrated in biomedical research investigating the basic functions of this regenerative products. The vast clinical applications have been well documented in the literature by peer reviewed systematic reviews. During any consultation we will discuss how PRF could be used alone, or in combination with other treatment, to address specific regenerative concerns.
IPRF HAIR GROWTH TREATMENT
This is an all-natural non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who suffer from hair loss or thinning. iPRF can enhance the growth of hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. These special Platelet cells promote healing and accelerates the rate and degree of tissue regeneration, resulting in new hair growth and thickening of existing hair.
Based on a strong evidence base, and thanks to Dr Joseph Choukroun, we are supporting the development of this technology to further assist our patients. Why not try our new arthritis and hair loss treatment today. Book now!