Has summer wreaked havoc on your skin? For many of us, the South’s intense heat and humidity results in unfortunate clogged pores, unwanted blemishes and overall drab and dry skin thanks to the sun’s harsh rays. There is a solution, though! We chatted with the experts at Skin Pharm, one of Nashville’s top cosmetic dermatology practices for advanced skin care, cosmetic injectables, laser medicine and acne care, about how to bring damaged skin back to life, and guess what? Attaining youthful, glowing, radiant skin is so much easier than you think. Enter medical-grade facial services — microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and micro infusion.
We get it, the term medical-grade facial can be super intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Skin Pharm can help. Skin Pharm founder Maegan Griffin, NP, tells us, “The term ‘medical grade’ refers to the quality of the product or procedure. Medical-grade products and treatments typically offer higher quality ingredients than over-the-counter options. Because of the potent nature of medical-grade products and treatments, patients usually notice quicker transformations and results.” Thus, there is no need to feel intimidated by a medical-grade service. It’s actually better for your skin and will result in a beautiful, better-than-average complexion. Now, what medical-grade service is best for you?
The first of Skin Pharm’s most popular medical-grade facial services is microneedling with PRP. “Microneedling is a treatment that uses tiny needles to make small, superficial channels in the skin,” explains Skin Pharm’s Carly Smith, NP. “The process causes controlled injuries to the skin, which stimulates your skin’s formation of collagen and elastin, improving fine lines, pores, wrinkles, melasma and sun damage.” PRP refers to platelet-rich plasma, which can be combined with microneedling for an even more brilliant result. While the patient is numbing, the practitioner draws a small amount of blood and places it in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the blood. Then, the PRP solution is needled into the skin and/or injected for even more targeted collagen boosting — it’s not as painful as it sounds! PRP will not only boost the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, it will also accelerate the healing process.
Microneedling with PRP is best for those who are comfortable with a little downtown and who are looking to improve the signs of aging or acne scarring. The treatment itself takes about 20 minutes, but you will find yourself at the office for at least 45 minutes due to the pre- and post-procedure process. After finishing the treatment, the practitioner will apply a special hydrating serum and broad spectrum SPF. Afterward, the patient can expect “redness and pinpoint bleeding for 24 to 48 hours,” says Carly. Makeup can be reapplied 24 hours after treatment, and after 3 to 5 days, the patient can return to their normal skincare routine with refreshed, smooth skin.
The second of Skin Pharm’s most popular medical grade facial services is microinfusion. “Microinfusion is a treatment using a device with 24K gold microchannel tips, thinner than a human hair,” explains Carly. “A proprietary blend containing the mother of antioxidants, glutathione, is administered through the device allowing for precise targeting of scars, dark spots, pores and fine lines.” The best part of this service? There is no downtime, meaning a patient could receive this service in the morning and attend their big event that evening with stunning, flawless skin.
Microinfusion is best for anyone craving hydrated, plump and glowing skin with no downtime. “With our microinfusion facial, we are actually able to place our customized formula of powerful skin-rejuvenating products directly into the top layer of your skin,” Carly tells us. A microinfusion facial will make you look more youthful and will result in an immediately healthier, smoother and more radiant complexion.
So, what is the major difference between these two treatments? Downtime. According to Maegan, if you’re wanting a quick, hydrated glow for an event like a wedding or red carpet, microinfusion is best. If you don’t mind waiting for the redness to diffuse and want an amplified result, microneedling with PRP will help improve the signs of aging, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.
If you’re wondering how to prolong the gorgeous results of either of these medical grade facials in between services, Maegan suggests an antioxidant serum, SPF and retinol. “All of these are key ingredients in keeping your skin glowing between visits. We formulate our own Antioxidant Boosting Serum, which is a daytime Vitamin C serum, that delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dullness.” Make sure to apply an SPF of 30+ or more (Revision and Elta MD are Skin Pharm’s staff favorites) and a prescription strength retinol product, like Refissa, which will help to rid of fine lines and irregular pigmentation.
So, if you’ve been waking up to frustrating, dull, dry, aging skin that makes you feel less than your best, consider treating yourself to one of these medical grade facial services. Not only will you enjoy a day of pampering from top-notch nurse practitioners inside the cozy, yet upscale environment at Skin Pharm, you’ll also leave with refreshed, youthful skin that will bring back the confidence you’ve been missing.
Now, go forth with replenished, glowing and beautiful skin and take on the season with confidence!
Skin Pharm is located at 4322 Harding Pike, Ste. 326, Nashville, TN 37205. To learn about all of the services available at Skin Pharm, visit skinpharmnashville.com.
This article is sponsored by Skin Pharm.