PRP Therapy vs. PRFM: What’s the difference?

If you suffer from aging skin or hair loss, you’re either trying every remedy under the sun, or you’re slowly coming to terms with it — and maybe buying lots of expensive creams. Even though sagging skin and receding hairlines are a natural part of the aging process for many men and women, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

In the case of hair loss, it was assumed for many years that if you had a bald spot, and those infomercial hair creams weren’t giving you any results, you could pretty much say goodbye to ever seeing hair in that area again. But thankfully, cosmetic research has come a long way since then. Ever since the discovery of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and PRFM (platelet-rich fibrin matrix), we’ve been able to specifically target these aging concerns, without the need for synthetic injectables or surgery! 

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has to do with your blood cells. If you were to get a microscopic view inside your plasma, you’d find tiny cells that contain special proteins that are super beneficial to the body in terms of healing. We call these tiny healing cells growth factors, for their ability to encourage the body to grow and form new cells. 

So, PRP therapy then is a safe and effective treatment where we draw a small amount of blood from the patient, place the sample into a centrifuge, and then process the blood to help separate it into distinct layers. We then collect the platelets and plasma in the upper part of the test tube and use it to infuse the skin, scalp, or other area of the body with tissue damage. These concentrated growth factors then go in and encourage the damaged areas to begin the cell production process. 

The Benefits

We may provide PRP therapy in the form of microneedling, injections, or facials, depending on the area of concern and the desired results. PRP works wonders in bringing back your youthful, natural complexion while improving the tone and texture of the skin. Whether it’s through microneedling or injections, PRPs can reduce the appearance of scarring, stretch marks, and fine lines. It can also be injected into the scalp to stimulate hair follicles to grow healthy hair in place.

The healing benefits of PRPs go beyond cosmetic therapy. PRPs are often used in dentistry, sports medicine, and orthopedics. PRP therapy can even be used for sexual rejuvenation, with specific injections to address common libido concerns in both men and women.

What is PRFM?

Platelet-rich fibrin matrix, or PRFM, involves taking these same blood cells and spinning them in the centrifuge at a lower speed, so that the layers of the blood do less separating. This process allows some of the white blood cells and stem cells to stay in the upper platelet layer that we collect for treatment.

Because of its higher concentration, PRFM can be more effective and powerful compared to traditional PRP. There is also some research that shows the growth activity stimulated by platelet-rich fibrin matrix lasts longer, which may provide better results and progress with the same amount of treatments as PRP.

Both PRP and PRFM can be used to treat the following:

  • Hair loss and volume loss
  • Aging, sagging skin
  • Loss of elasticity or collagen
  • Scarring, acne scars, keloids
  • Stretchmarks and fine lines
  • Wrinkles

What’s the difference between PRP and PRFM?

Platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin matrix are both superior options for healing derived from the same blood cells, and they can both be used in the same cosmetic treatments. The main difference can be boiled down to the following:

Because the PRFM is spun at a lower speed before it is gathered for cosmetic use, there end up being more growth factors in PRFM than we would typically see in PRP. Additionally, the lower spin speed causes less trauma to the individual blood cells, allowing more of these beneficial stem cells to remain in the final PRF product.

But as far as the actual procedures go, there’s virtually no difference in the length of the procedure, both therapies are still non-surgical and require little-to-no downtime, and while you may notice faster and more visible progress with PRFM, they’re both exceptional treatments that can provide amazing results. 

Both PRP and PRFM treatments can be performed once a month for the first few months, and then tapered off depending on the initial response to PRP therapy. Results typically appear two or three months after the first treatment and continue to improve up to a year. The amount of treatments you’ll need depends on the area of concern and your overall goals.

Are there side effects to PRP or PRFM?

Because both PRP and PRFM are derived from your own blood cells, there’s little to no risk of allergic reaction. Many of our clients prefer platelet therapies as a more natural approach to traditional injections or treatments. 

If you have anemia or other blood conditions, you may not be a good candidate for PRP or PRFM therapy. We also have found that individuals who smoke or consume heavy amounts of alcohol have a lower platelet count and do not have the same results compared to our non-smoking clients. But the good news is, there are plenty of other options for those who are not a good candidate for PRP and still want to improve their appearance. 

At Revivology, your health and safety are our utmost priority. We always perform a health screening prior to any procedures to ensure we help you design a treatment plan that is safe and meets your needs. 

Determining which therapy is right for you

Whether you’re leaning towards PRP, PRFM, or something else, that youthful glow and full head of hair is right at your fingertips. Simply come in and talk to us about your desired outcome, we’ll help you get started and feeling like yourself again.

Everything You Need to Know About Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation isn’t a specific condition or disease — it’s the term used to describe areas of the skin that appear darker. Hyperpigmented skin usually presents itself in the form of dark patches, age spots, or even freckles. If you’re noticing hyperpigmented areas on your face or body (like your shoulders and hands), you’re not alone. This condition is very common, although it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Here’s a breakdown of all things hyperpigmentation, from types to treatment.

What is Hyperpigmentation, Anyway?

Whether you’ve spent too much time in the sun or you’re having a flare-up of some kind, those spots of hyperpigmented skin all boil down to one thing: too much melanin. Melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, is created by melanocyte cells which live in the outer layers of our epidermis. One of the most common causes of hyperpigmentation is large amounts of sun exposure, which triggers a melanin response to protect the skin. This darker pigment may look like a tan at first but as time goes on and the skin continues to get exposed, the pigment becomes uneven, turning into age spots, freckles, or even melasma, a condition linked to hormone-related hyperpigmentation.

But it isn’t the sun alone that can cause this overproduction of melanin. Any type of inflammation or trauma to the skin can trigger a melanin response. Something as simple as a breakout or a rash can create discoloration that doesn’t go away.

Types of Hyperpigmentation

Skin discoloration can show itself in a variety of ways. We’ve mentioned a few already, but here’s a quick summary to help you get a better idea of the specifics. 

  1. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – This is the discoloration that happens as a result of injury or inflammation to the skin, such as acne, eczema, or a rash.
  2. Age spots – When the skin begins to age, the areas that are most exposed to the sun over time, such as the face, neck, shoulders, hands, develop hyperpigmentation.
  3. Freckles – While freckle production is linked to your genes, an overexposure to sun could cause freckles to appear darker and more prominent. 
  4. Melasma – This type of discoloration is more common in women, appearing on the nose, cheeks, and upper lip. Melasma often appears during the hormonal changes in pregnancy.

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

The best way to treat any sun-related skin concerns is to prevent it. If you already have hyperpigmented spots, it’s never too late to prevent those spots from getting darker over time. As skin experts who want what’s best for you and your skin, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of daily sun protection. We recommend applying an SPF 30 or more to your face every single day, whether it’s winter or fall, rainy or sunny. If you plan to be outside for the day, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours and wear a hat. There’s an endless range of cute and affordable hats these days, and your skin will look better in the long run if you can avoid heavy sun exposure.

It’s also important to avoid picking or scratching your skin, as popping a pimple or scratching a mosquito bite could result in a dark spot. When in doubt, it’s best to leave it and let your skin and any skincare regimen take care of it.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about treatment! Although there are many causes of hyperpigmentation, we have a variety of treatments we can recommend to help you get to the bottom of it. (Or in this case, the top of it, since it involves the outer layers of your skin.)

If you’re practicing a solid sunscreen routine, you’re already ahead of the game. The next step is to talk with a dermatologist and get a treatment plan of action. We provide a variety of treatments that can improve the appearance of your skin including hyperpigmentation, and there’s a bonus: these treatments can also improve scarring, wrinkles, and more.

Professional Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, neck, and hands. How it works is this: one of our trained professionals applies a highly concentrated acid to your skin, creating an exfoliation process over several weeks that removes the dull, damaged skin and allows new skin to grow.

The advantage of a professional chemical peel is that it provides quicker, more dramatic results than topical treatments. Peels are most efficient on fairer skin types, but can also improve medium to dark skin depending on the severity of the pigmentation.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that treats hyperpigmentation and other skin concerns with a small attachment or handheld tool. Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin, removing the epidermis layer of the skin to encourage new skin to grow.

Topical treatments

We may recommend one or several topical treatments you can apply to your skin to improve the appearance of dark spots over time. Patience is key with this treatment, but results should happen over time. Depending on your skin type and severity of the hyperpigmentation, we can offer a variety of over the counter or prescription-strength products to help lighten the skin. We recommend these products for treating pigmented skin:

  • Kojic acid
  • Licorice or mushroom extract
  • Glycolic acid or lactic acids
  • Retinols
  • Antioxidants like vitamin C
  • Prescription hydroquinone
  • Other over-the-counter lightening creams

As many of these products can be irritating or interact with other ingredients in your skincare routine, we always recommend consulting with a dermatologist before starting a new lightening product. 

So, there you have it. Hyperpigmentation is a common concern that happens to most people at some point in their lives. Make sunscreen a consistent habit for healthy skin over time. And if you’d like to improve the appearance of dark spots, come see our skincare experts at Revivology. We’ll help you keep your discoloration to a minimum so you can feel more confident and in control.

Contact us today!

Is Summer Weather Making You Sweat?

If you are one of the thousands of people that suffer from chronic sweating, or hyperhidrosis, rest assured that you are not alone. Many of our patients struggle to manage their underarm sweat with over the counter antiperspirants, garment protectors – even Botox or prescription antiperspirants – all without success. For these patients we are now proud to recommend MiraDry for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating.

MiraDry is the most effective treatment for unwanted underarm sweat and odor. MiraDry offers immediate results that last. Much easier than surgical treatment options, MiraDry is FDA-approved and non-invasive procedure.The MiraDry system works by delivering precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the region where the underarm sweat glands reside, which heats the sweat glands and eliminates them for good. The procedure requires the use of local anesthesia, but should not be painful. You will experience some pressure and light pulling and warming of your skin during treatment.With today’s technology there is no reason to suffer through sweaty armpits and uncomfortable situations. Contact our office today to learn about permanent relief with MiraDry.

Laser Hair Removal Just in Time for Summer

As the weather begins to warm and the shorts are coming out it is important to think about the look and feel of your legs. Free yourself from unwanted body hair with the laser hair removal. Several sessions may be needed to achieve optimal, permanent results – so begin today to be beach ready by summer.

Hair can be effectively removed from almost any area of the body, with the most commonly treated area being the bikini line, the underarms, legs, back and chest. Laser hair removal is most effective on darker hair and can be utilized by both men and women.

Most patients report that treatment with laser hair removal is relatively painless, many describing treatment like being mildly snapped with a small rubber band. Treated hair will begin to fall out 2-3 weeks following your procedure. Because hair grows in cycles, a series of treatments is recommended to ensure all active follicles have been disabled.

Contact us today to get your body beach-ready and hair free!

Eliminate Your Spider Veins Just In Time for Summer

As the weather warms and we say goodbye to winter there is no better time to get your legs into shape. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly – take a close look at the surface of your legs. Do you see thin, broken blood vessels just below the skin’s surface? These broken veins often appear reddish, blue or purple in color.

Known as spider veins, these veins are extremely common in both male and female patients. They often appear around the knees, ankles and other areas of the body prone to pressure from standing or working out. The good news is that these spider veins are not medically concerning. If you are bothered by the appearance of spider veins they can also be easily removed.

By removing your spider veins as well as facial veins or vascular birthmarks, your skin will look younger, smoother and clearer. Vein removal is safe and quick. Laser vein treatment works by causing the unwanted vein to break up and dissolve. Improvement will often be seen within 3-5 treatments.

Contact our medical spa in Utah to learn more today!

PRFM, The Next Generation of PRP, Microneedling Advantages

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Hello everyone, welcome to Tips by Tawny. Today we are continuing our chat about the new treatment that Revivology is offering, treatments with PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix). Which is the next generation of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

Just a really quick history, PRP or PRFM is the treatment of drawing your own blood, spinning it, using your own Platelets to either inject into the skin, or use with mircroneedling, or for hair loss.

Microneedling is what we are going to be talking about today, so the benefit of using PRFM compared to PRP in a microneedling treatment, is that your growth factors are going to be continued to be signaled for over the course of seven days. So its constantly stimulating that for a consistent seven days, where as PRP, is only a couple of hours. So you are going to see a better benefit in your collagen elasticity.

Contact us today to learn more about PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix), the next generation of PRP.

PRFM for Filling Underneath the Eyes

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Hello everyone, welcome to Tips by Tawny. Today I am going to talk a little more about PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix), one of the new and exciting treatments we are offering here at Revivology (South Jordan, Utah). One of the very first med spas to offer in the valley (Salt Lake/Wasatch Front).

PRFM (Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix) is the next generation of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and there are multiple different treatments we can do with it. Today, we are going to be talking about filling underneath the eyes and I know a lot of women would get a little bit shallow in the tear trough area. So you can actually use your own plasma to fill your tear troughs. Which is pretty exciting!

The nice thing is that your going to get some long term benefits from that because basically your human growth factors and getting injected into the skin and it’s creating more collagen. So over time you are just going to see better and better results. Right now it’s $100 off every syringe that you do, so give us a call and try it out. Hope to hear from you soon!

Juvederm Voluma

Why Does Volume Loss Matter?

Volume loss is one of the very first and undeniable signs of aging. Have you started to notice a loss of volume in your lips and cheeks? If so, rest assured that a safe and effective, non-surgical solution is available in Juvederm Voluma.

What is Juvederm Voluma?

Juvederm Voluma - Dermal Fillers in South Jordan, Utah - RevivologyJuvederm Voluma is a gel filler product made of hyaluronic acid – a substance that is naturally found in your skin. Voluma is popular among our patients because not only is it effective and natural-looking, but it also lasts for over a year!Voluma works by filling in the areas that are prone to lost volume. Filling the skin causes the skin’s surface to plump and wrinkles to smooth out.Juvederm Voluma is effective treatment for the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Facial fine lines and wrinkles
  • Volume loss in the chin, jawline, or cheeks.
  • Facial volume loss resulting in deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Contact our office to learn more today!

CoolSculpting for a Smoother Silhouette

Are you tired of spending endless hours in the gym or avoiding foods that you love only to still struggle with unwanted fat? You’re not alone. Stubborn fat deposits, including love handles and “muffin tops” are one of the most common cosmetic concerns of Revivology patients.

While diet and exercise are extremely important and cannot be replaced by cosmetic treatment – there are some fat deposits that simply do not respond to these methods. Or perhaps you have been successful in losing quite a few pounds but are now disappointment with the tightness of your skin. No matter which use applies to you, CoolSculpting may be able to help.

CoolSculpting has been cleared by the FDA for the permanent elimination of fat cells. CoolSculpting is most effective at eliminating lower belly fat, love handles and other stubborn pockets of fat all without surgery.

CoolSculpting in Utah | Revivology in South Jordan, UT

CoolSculpting works to eliminate fat cells just below the surface of your skin through a unique cooling process. When these cells are cooled to just above freezing they “die” and are naturally expelled from your body. CoolSculpting offers permanent removal of these fat cells. CoolSculpting will not harm the surrounding tissues, meaning that there is very little risk for adverse effects from CoolSculpting treatment.

Contact the staff at Revivology to learn more about CoolSculpting treatment today.

*This content has been medically reviewed and approved by Christopher P. Moore MD.

MiraDry vs Botox: How to Get Rid of Underarm Sweat

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MiraDry vs Botox - Which is best to help with underarm sweat

For those of us living with excessive underarm sweat, there are relatively few treatment options, but there are some very good ones. Let’s compare two of the most popular options available: MiraDry and Botox.

What is MiraDry

MiraDry uses patented Thermal Energy technology to heat and destroy overactive sweat glands and hair follicles while keeping the patient cool and comfortable. This is a new technology that was approved by the FDA in 2015 and has been safe and effective in tens of thousands of procedures. MiraDry is intended only for use on the underarms and has been shown to give permanent results, usually after just one session. The procedure lasts about an hour, and results are instant. Most people experience minimal pain and side effects from MiraDry, and complete recovery usually takes just a few days. An added bonus is a notable minimization in underarm odor due to the reduction in sweat glands and sweating. Revivology is a Certified Plantinum miraDry practice, which means our estheticians are trained to deliver the highest energy from the machine, thus giving optimal results with each visit. We are one of only 2 practices in all of Utah.

What is Botox

Botox works by disabling overactive nerves that signal glands to produce more sweat than normal. This is done by injecting Botox at problem sites. The procedure is very quick, and the effect is localized to the area being treated. Recovery time and discomfort are minimal. The effects of Botox take up to two weeks to reach full effect, and they are temporary, so patients must receive regular injections to attain sustained results. Dryness from Botox injections typically lasts up to six months. Most people tolerate Botox very well, and the risk of serious side effects is low. Botox has been used safely and effectively to treat excessive sweating of the underarms and palms for well over a decade, and it continues to be a popular choice.

 

Botox vs. MiraDry Cost Comparison

Comparing the cost of Botox vs MiraDry is a bit like apples and oranges, but the biggest difference between the two procedures is simple enough – MiraDry is permanent, while Botox is not. What this means is that, as opposed to Botox, MiraDry is a one-time expense. MiraDry is a significantly bigger investment, but the permanent effects make it well worth the cost for many, including the bonus effect of underarm hair loss. Botox is about one-third of the cost of MiraDry, but most patients require multiple procedures per year. Over the long term, this makes MiraDry a much better choice in terms of cost.

Effectiveness

Both treatments are highly effective for a vast majority of patients. Again, the major difference is the duration of the effects, with MiraDry being permanent and Botox being temporary.

Pain and side effects

Both procedures involve minimal discomfort and extremely quick recovery times – most patients only need time off for the procedures themselves. MiraDry uses a local anesthetic for numbing before the procedure, and for many patients, that’s the height of any discomfort. Complete recovery usually takes just a few days, and most patients experience no downtime. The most common side effects are numbness, soreness, and swelling, which in rare cases can last for up to five weeks.

The most commonly reported side effects of Botox are injection-site pain and bleeding, no underarm sweating, infection, inflammation of the throat, and flu-like symptoms. The risk of harmful side effects is low, but the temporary effect of Botox means you’ll risk side effects from Botox injections at least twice a year.

Botox vs. MiraDry Results for Excessive Sweating

When comparing Botox to MiraDry based on the three criteria the majority of patients consider most important, MiraDry is the clear winner. MiraDry is cost-effective, permanent, extremely effective, and safer than Botox for treating excessive underarm sweat in Utah. If you agree that MiraDry wins the Botox vs. MiraDry battle on underarm sweat, contact Dr. Moore at Revivology today to learn how MiraDry can change your life for the better, the way it has for thousands of others just like you.

 

*This content has been medically reviewed and approved by Christopher P. Moore MD, Revivology’s Plastic Surgeon.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23713761

https://miradry.com/treatment/

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