Fat Transfer/ PRP
The board certified dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta perform treatments utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) by taking a small sample of the patient’s blood, purifying it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets 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 PRP as it carries 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 skin care technology, the providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta continue to study the latest PRP research and offer the treatment in conjunction with a growing number of dermatological procedures.
PRP has made the most significant progress in the facial area. Fat transfer with PRP has been around for a while. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with fat transfer is the surgical combination of injecting a patient’s own plasma containing growth factors 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 dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Scott Karempelis, or Dr. Ashley Curtis performing 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 Perlane®.
Containing beneficial growth factors, PRP 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 PRP, this process softens the appearance of depressed, rolling scars.
The latest facial rejuvenation procedure is the Vampire Facelift® which combines the power of new PRP technology and facial fillers to minimize the signs of facial aging. This non-surgical procedure promotes new tissue growth to improve overall facial skin tone for a more youthful appearance. This effective treatment uses blood drawn from the patient which is then spun in a centrifuge to extract platelet rich plasma from their blood. The PRP is combined with a facial filler such as Belotero® Balance or Juvéderm®, and then re-injected into areas of concern around the face. Patients benefit from this procedure as there is minimal downtime and results can last for over a year. For more information on facial rejuvenation through Platelet Rich Plasma injections, fat transfer, facial fillers, or the Vampire Facelift® contact our office today.
Also committed to utilizing the powerful growth factors within PRP, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research completes PRP for hair restoration through a micro needling treatment of the scalp to address inactive hair follicles. The micro needling causes micro-trauma to the dermis and prompts the cells to engage in the natural healing process of the damaged cells. The injected PRP containing the valuable 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 PRP technique can induce hair growth in inactive follicles as well as follicles newly implanted through hair transplant surgery.