What’s the Deal with Natural Growth Factors?

What’s the Deal with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)It seems like every day there’s a new way to boost your beauty, whether it’s wrinkle-reducing or fat-busting. The simple fact is that not all of them are worth a try, but one that actually is worth it is using natural growth factors which we’ve been offering at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) for over a decade. The benefits of growth factors are far-reaching, so we’re here to give you the 411 on this innovative new procedure.

What are natural growth factors?

The gist of growth factors is that they use your body’s natural healing resources and apply them to a more targeted purpose, whether it’s facial rejuvenation, scar reduction, or hair restoration. One of our experienced, licensed, and skilled providers at DAA will begin by drawing some of your blood, which they’ll then place into a centrifuge, a medical device which separates your blood into various types of fluids. This allows us to extract only the growth factors, which we can use in a variety of ways depending on your specific concerns.

What cosmetic issues do natural growth factors address?

Facial Rejuvenation

The natural growth factors from your blood are often used to enhance the results of two popular wrinkle reduction treatments: facial filler injections and fat transfer. In a specialized procedure using your own growth factors are injected alongside fillers like Restylane® or Juvéderm®. While the fillers smooth existing wrinkles, the growth factors cause your body to rebuild youthful collagen in the targeted area, progressively giving you firmer and more radiant skin. Fat transfer, on the other hand, begins with liposuction on your abdomen, love handles, thighs, or other area to remove excess fat. This fat (along with your biological growth factors) is purified and then injected into specific areas of the face to restore youthful volume.

Acne Scar Revision

Along with scars from injuries, chicken pox, or surgeries, acne scars can appear as pitted areas in your skin due to trauma and inflammation. Growth factors and fat transfer can be used to remedy these scars after surgical subcision. The surgery releases the scar tissue that’s pulling down on your surface skin and creating the depression, and fat transfer along with growth factors are used to restore lasting volume in the area.

Hair Restoration

Your natural growth factors have also proven effective in combatting hair loss. Our providers at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research or The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss utilize growth factors for hair growth and maintenance on a daily basis. The growth factors are administered through a micro needling procedure, which activates your body’s natural healing process and stimulates the developmental cells in the scalp. We recommend three of these procedures spaced six weeks apart.

Growth factors are just one of the many ways we at DAA can help you attain beautiful skin and hair you can feel comfortable in. But as with all medical procedures, natural growth factors aren’t ideal for everyone. The best course of treatment for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, your unique skin, and a variety of other factors, so get started by scheduling a consultation at DAA. Or, more skincare tips, upcoming events, special offers, and the latest news in dermatology, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.