Fat Transfer/ Natural Growth Factors
The board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta perform treatments utilizing natural growth factors by taking a small sample of the patient’s blood, purifying it through a centrifuge to isolate the growth factors and then re-injecting the solution back into the face or body to address concerns like wrinkles around the mouth, lost volume of the cheeks, scarring and inactive hair follicles. Patients also benefit from natural growth factors as they carry the added advantage of using components from a patient’s own body, therefore reducing the likelihood of allergy or adverse reactions following treatment. Always on the cutting edge of skincare technology, the providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta continue to study the latest growth factor research and offer the treatment in conjunction with a growing number of dermatological procedures.
Treatments with natural growth factors have made the most significant progress in the facial area. Growth factor-enhanced fat transfer has been around for a while. This procedure is the surgical combination of injecting components of a patient’s own blood along with their own purified fat to augment areas of lost volume and wrinkles on the face. The process of fat transfer involves board-certified dermatologist Dr. Scott Karempelis performing mild liposuction in our Surgical Suite on another area such as the abdomen or flanks to obtain donor fat. That fat is then transferred to re-plump thinned tissue, providing patients with results similar to the capabilities of manufactured facial filling products such as Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, Restylane®, and Restylane Lyft®.
The growth factors in your blood may additionally be used with fat transfer or subcision to re-plump areas of lost volume or depressed scarring from acne or trauma. Subcision surgically releases the pulled down portion of the scar from within, inducing the body’s healing response to create blemish-free skin cells. Combined with fat transfer and natural growth factors, this process softens the appearance of depressed, rolling scars.
Also committed to utilizing the power of biological growth factors, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Center of Hair Restoration and Research as well as our Center for Women’s Hair Loss provide hair restoration through a microneedling treatment of the scalp to address inactive hair follicles. The microneedling causes micro-trauma to the dermis and prompts the cells to engage in the natural healing process of the damaged cells. The injected growth factors are released into the areas to stimulate that healing process while simultaneously accelerating the speed and degree of regeneration of the damaged tissue. This natural technique can induce hair growth in inactive follicles as well as follicles newly implanted through hair transplant surgery.