Growth factors bring healing power from an individual’s own blood to aid in the rejuvenation of their body’s soft tissues and bones. This therapy is a part of a quickly emerging medical niche called Orthobiologics which studies ways in which the body is able to heal itself. According to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, growth factors have proven themselves effective in face and neck rejuvenation. This discovery makes dermatologists, like Dermatology Associates of Atlanta founder Dr. Edmond Griffin, especially hopeful about the potential benefits growth factors may bring to dermatology patients seeking cosmetic treatments.
The journal’s three month study followed 23 patients who were given monthly injections of their own centrifuge-obtained growth factors into areas of depression or small wrinkles on their faces and/or necks. The results of the injections were carefully documented by a chronological series of photos using a dermoscope camera. This specialty device enabled study coordinators to pinpoint specific areas of visible skin rejuvenation. The participant’s results measured progress in several regions of the face, but showed the most improvement in improving skin texture and evening tone (33% increase) and reducing the amount of wrinkles around the eyes (30% reduction.)
The study’s results are not only of interest to like those at DAA, but are also promising to Cosmetic Surgeons who point to potential refinement in the facial fillers (like Botox® and Dysport®) and dermal injectables (like Restylane® and Juevederm®) that use the products to relax wrinkles and fill-in areas of the face that naturally lose volume with age. This emerging research field is changing daily so stay in the loop by reading DAA’s blog or visiting their website regularly.