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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes the healing power of isolated platelets 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, PRP therapy has proven itself 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 PRP therapy 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 platelets 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 websiteregularly.
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Is Nanotechnology the Future of Your Skin Care Products? Dermatology Associates of Atlanta Discuss New Technology
Is nanotechnology the future of your skin care products? Some scientists and dermatologists think so. In fact, patents for products using nanotechnology are most rapidly growing in the cosmetic skin care field, including everything from shampoo to eye shadow. But there is a reason that you haven’t seen a surge of these types of products on your store shelves – the FDA still hasn’t determined its safety.
Despite uncertainty about side effects, scientists are hopeful about the future of nanotechnology and skin care. Because of their miniscule particle size, nanotechnology has unique properties and benefits not achievable by bigger sized particles in current products. A Medical News Today article cited sunscreen as an example. Currently, the larger particles used in sunscreen are what leaves greasiness and white residue on the skin; a sunscreen made with nanoparticles however, would have the same UVA/UVB blocking benefits without the leftovers on the skin.
With nanotechnology, the smaller sized particles more easily penetrate the skin, making it possible to deliver and absorb important nutrients and ingredients not currently possible with bigger particle size.
While nanotechnology shows great promise for skin care, make up, and anti-aging products, scientist are also hopeful for nanotechnology in the treatment of cancer. In fact, a recent animal study showed that nano sized shells of gold were very effective in the treatment of melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) – creating the potential for a very effective noninvasive dermatological skin cancer treatment.
It is important to note, that while these advancements are promising and exciting, the FDA still has not determined the safety of nanotechnology on the skin. We at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta will work keep you abreast of any developments in this field or any other technology advancements.
Popular facial filler injectables are making the move toward painless injections by adding lidocaine into their products. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic, which works to numb the injection site and ultimately provide patients with a more comfortable experience.
The facial fillers now FDA approved for use with lidocaine are Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm®. These products work by injecting collagen or a collagen-like substance into the face to smooth out wrinkles and folds or to plump up lips and correct scarring. With the addition of a local anesthetic into these injections, the actual procedure will be more comfortable for patients without affecting results.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, our experienced staff is well seasoned in performing every type of injection – whether it is a facial filler or Botox®/ Dysport®. Our in-house PA Delmer Henderson PA-C for example, had over 300 Botox®/Dysport® and 135 facial filler patients in 2009 alone! To develop a treatment plan specific to you, or to try a filler FDA approved with lidocaine, contact our office.
***Dysport® Love it or Leave it Challenge!! ***
Dysport® is currently running an up to $150 rebate special, challenging patients to try Dysport®! Patients can receive a $75 rebate if they try Dysport® – then after 15-30 days, if they love it, they can receive another $75 off an additional Dysport® injection. If they decide you go with another product (Botox®), patients can still receive a $75 rebate off that procedure.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Skin Medics Medical Spa Offers March Special on Microdermabrasion Treatments!
Every New Year people make resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and save money. But almost everyone neglects their skin health when making promises to themselves for the New Year. For 2010, considering making better skin care part of your improved lifestyle. Here are some “Skin Resolutions” you should considering adopting as we ring in the New Year:
Wear Sunscreen! Many of us remember to slab on the SPF while laying out on the beach, or relaxing at the pool, but neglect to think about dangerous sun exposure on an everyday basis. When you are exposed to the sun, you should be wearing sunscreen – even if it is cloudy, even when it is cold. An easy way to start wearing sunscreen regularly is to buy a skin moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply lotion to your face and body after you get out of the shower in the morning like you normally would, except with a new SPF lotion, you will now also be protecting your skin from sun damage.
Get your moles checked! We know you have been putting it off, but the New Year is as good a time as ever to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists and get a full body check. Being proactive about your skin health will help dermatologists to catch any problem areas early. In the event of a cancerous lesion detection, your skin cancer diagnosis and treatment will be so much better if it is dealt with in the early stages.
Develop a skin care plan specific to you! In the midst of our busy lives, oftentimes our everyday skin care gets put on the backburner. But everyone’s skin is different and needs different products and treatments to make it as beautiful and as healthy as possible. Make an appointment with a dermatologist or one of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s experienced staff members. Whether you have blotchy skin, oily skin, dry skin, or acne – there is a solution to finally give you skin confidence!
Pamper yourself! Dermatology Associates of Atlanta has an in-house Medical Spa called Skin Medics™ to take care of all your skin care needs. Everyone feels more confident with smoother, healthy looking skin, so treat yourself to a chemical peel, facial, or microdermabraison treatment to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin.