L-PRF (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin)
Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) is one of the latest technologies in bone and tissue regeneration. When any tissue in the body is injured, the body itself releases proteins to stimulate the process of repairing that injury. After Dr. Abel draws a patient’s blood, the process of making L-PRF isolates the patient’s blood proteins that are responsible for wound healing. This product is rich in growth factors and cytokines from the patient’s platelets and leukocytes. The presence of these proteins in L-PRF have been reported to speed the healing response.
L-PRF is fabricated by obtaining several tubes of a patient’s own blood, which are then placed into a centrifuge and spun to separate the blood into its various components. The patient’s red blood cells are then discarded, but the patient’s plasma, loaded with growth factors, is saved and either placed into extraction sockets or used to augment bone or soft tissue grafts.
The entire process is safe and simple. It is performed as a sterile procedure within our state-of-the-art office, and once a therapeutic dose of L-PRF is applied to the surgical site, the repair process in this area is accelerated. This remarkable technology is similar to PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and is being used in other areas of medicine including: traumatology burns, dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and general surgery.