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Using Your Own Growth Factors for BioFacials

The regenerative effects on the skin from biofacials provide a more natural and youthful appearance while risks are held to a minimum, as the cytokine-rich plasma (CRP) is derived from your own blood and when combined with a natural protein matrix can provide long-lasting results. In addition, the release of powerful growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines promotes an ideal wound healing environment that minimizes side effects and downtime.

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What Our Biofacials Can Treat

Our Sarasota patients report that they feel refreshed, restored, and more youthful in appearance after a series of biofacials. This treatment has the ability to address the following concerns:

  • Photo aging
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Volume loss
  • Sagging skin
  • Large pores
  • Abnormal skin texture and tone
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The Power of CRP BioFacial

With regenerative medicine in the Greco family for over 15 years, bio-enhanced skin therapy (BEST) is a very natural and fitting service that we provide. This therapy includes biofacials, which stimulate various cells beneath the skin to improve its appearance.

For our bio-enhanced skin therapy, we use cytokine-rich plasma in a natural protein matrix, which contains optimal levels of growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines. This method utilizes your “pure gold” cellular material and plays an important role in soft tissue healing.

The Three Main Components of CRP

The unique and natural CRP/matrix contains three main components, all autologous and derived from each patient’s own blood:

Growth Factors with Anabolic Properties

The growth factors that are derived from the body’s platelets exert an anabolic and regenerative effect on the skin by stimulating enhanced growth and function of stem cells, keratinocytes, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and epithelial cells. This translates to new cellular growth in the skin, collagen and elastin formation, angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation), enhanced wound healing, and repair of damaged tissue.

Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines

Through their effects on cellular signaling, the anti-inflammatory cytokines can block the harmful inflammatory molecules that are linked to premature aging and hair loss. The inflammatory blockade restores a more balanced, natural environment, stimulates hair growth, and aids in wound healing.

Natural Protein Matrix

This is the key differentiating factor with the CRP/matrix. We use a proprietary technique to create a natural protein-rich matrix to serve as a biological scaffold to concentrate the growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the target tissue at far higher levels than can be achieved without it. It provides an optimal environment for tissue remodeling and regeneration. The concentrated protein-rich matrix resides in the target tissue for long periods of time, which yields longer-lasting effects.

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What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before your biofacial at Greco Dermatology, you will have a consultation with us so that we can get a clear understanding of your goals, answer any questions you have, and develop a treatment plan. We will take you through a detailed description of pre- and post-treatment considerations and address any concerns. 

The CRP Procedure for BioFacials

On the day of your biofacial, we will clean your skin and take some blood from your arm. A topical anesthetic will be applied prior to the procedure to keep you comfortable. Once your blood has been collected, will be processed in order to separate the red blood cells and other impurities from the cytokines. The growth factor and cytokine-rich material will then be put into a syringe so that your problem areas can be injected for specific treatment of mid-face fullness, nasolabial folds, around the eyes, etc. We use distraction techniques as well as cold sprays to minimize any injection-related pain.

Once the injections have been done, we use a derma-roller with tiny needles to help the CRP/Matrix penetrate deeply into your skin. A collagen sheet will then be applied to cool and hydrate the skin, as well as help drive growth factors into the skin to wake up collagen-producing stem cells. By combining multiple techniques, the CRP/matrix will reach the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue in the same treatment to ensure the regenerative effects target all levels of the skin. This translates to improvements in photoaging, volume restoration, softening of fine lines and pores, and normalization of skin texture and tone. Overall, our bio-enhanced treatments provide a more youthful, rejuvenating glow. The CRP/Matrix BioFacial may be combined with bio-enhanced skin treatments over the neck, chest and hands as well.

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Downtime, Side Effects, and Results

Downtime and side effects with CRP are usually very minimal, as the natural growth factors in the CRP/Matrix directly promote wound healing via cellular repair and decreased inflammation.

By removing red blood cells from the CRP, we lessen the pain and bruising. However, because bruising can still develop with injections, so we also take great care in the placement and number of injections we create.

Ice packs can be used immediately to minimize the risks as well. Some results can be seen relatively quickly, while others (such as newly stimulated collagen production) may take weeks to develop.

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Why Choose Greco Dermatology for BioFacials?

Founded by Dr. Joseph Greco, our dermatology practice strives to offer the most comfortable and soothing environment possible. This includes providing spacious and newly designed patient rooms equipped with music, flat-screen TVs, and window space with beautiful views of Sarasota. Dr. Greco is a double board-certified dermatologist who has co-authored several book chapters in cosmetic dermatology, and he is the third generation in his family to practice medicine. At Greco Dermatology, our team provides a personal touch and an excellent patient experience. We utilize cutting-edge therapies and treat patients with respect, compassion, individualized care, and warm, caring, and fun personalities in our bedside manner. If you’re in the Sarasota area and you want to learn more about our BioFacial, we welcome you to contact us today.

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