What Is Regenerative Aesthetics?

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Author: Patricia Pezzano

As we age, our collagen and elastin production slows down, which contributes to visible aging and the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. While this is perfectly normal and beautiful, not everyone embraces it—and that’s okay!

Many people turn to beauty products and treatments to combat signs of aging and improve their appearance. In recent years, the demand for non-invasive procedures with natural-looking results has skyrocketed.

Enter regenerative aesthetics treatments. As the name suggests, these combine regenerative medicine with aesthetic procedures, and are based on the principle that the skin has the potential to naturally regenerate itself when exposed to the right stimuli.

Keep reading to learn more about regenerative aesthetics, how it differs from traditional aesthetics, as well as its many benefits.

How Regenerative Aesthetics Differs from Traditional Cosmetic Treatments

By using the body’s own resources, regenerative aesthetics can offer a more natural and longer-lasting solution for various skin concerns.

Regenerative aesthetic treatments harness the body’s natural healing abilities to stimulate soft tissue regeneration. This typically involves stimulating the skin with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), regenerative dermal fillers, or exosomes to generate collagen production. By stimulating the body’s natural repair processes, these treatments can help reduce wrinkles, improve scars, increase skin firmness, and improve texture. Certain treatments can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

Other cosmetic treatments—such as Botox, lasers, and surgery—often rely on medication, energy, or synthetic substances to alter the appearance of tissues. These treatments can sometimes be associated with side effects such as allergic reactions, infection, scarring, or loss of sensation.

Benefits of Regenerative Aesthetics Treatments

Here are some key benefits of regenerative aesthetic treatments:

  • Customizable to address specific concerns
  • Provide longer-lasting and sustained benefits, even after initial treatment
  • Pose minimal risk of allergic reaction or rejection
  • Deliver gradual and natural-looking results
  • Involve minimally invasive procedures
  • Can be combined effectively with other aesthetic procedures
  • Are generally suitable for all skin types
  • Result in a more naturally youthful appearance

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Types of Regenerative Aesthetics Treatments

The field of regenerative aesthetics offers a diverse range of innovative skin treatments designed to rejuvenate and enhance one’s appearance naturally.

Here are some of the current regenerative treatments available in Canada:

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP Therapy utilizes the natural healing properties found in our blood. After obtaining a blood sample from the patient, the red blood cells are removed via centrifugation and the remaining PRP is then injected into the skin. After PRP was found to be successful in treating sports injuries, its use expanded into the field of medical aesthetics. The growth factors in PRP help to initiate repair, which in turn stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture. PRP can be applied topically in conjunction with microneedling, and can also be a successful treatment for thinning hair.

Exosome Therapy

Exosomes are like tiny delivery packages that cells use to communicate with each other. They contain important signaling molecules—such as growth factors and genetic material—which play a crucial role in regulating various cellular processes. When used in treatment, exosomes send signals to nearby cells, encouraging them to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. This makes exosome therapy a promising approach for tissue injuries, joint problems, and skin rejuvenation.

In exosome therapy, these tiny vesicles are isolated from a source (often mesenchymal stem cells), then purified and applied to the treatment area. When utilized in aesthetic treatments, exosomes have been shown to accelerate healing, decrease inflammation, and stimulate the skin to look and behave like younger skin.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipofilling, involves the harvesting of a patient’s fat from one area of the body (usually through liposuction) and then injecting it into another area in need of volume restoration or enhancement. It is typically done as a surgical procedure.

Sculptra® Dermal Filler

Sculptra® works with the body to help restore lost collagen. It is comprised of a biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid which works within the deep dermis to restore the skin’s inner structure and volume. Results from Sculptra® are gradual and natural, leading to longer-lasting improvements in wrinkles, skin firmness, and overall skin quality.

Radiesse® Dermal Filler

Radiesse® is a dermal filler known for its ability to add volume and stimulate collagen production in the skin. It is commonly used to address wrinkles and facial folds, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines, and to add contour to the cheeks, chin and jawline.

Hyperdilute Radiesse® goes one step further, allowing a more subtle and natural-looking enhancement while maintaining the filler’s regenerative properties. Referred to as “The Fabulous 5”, the regenerative effects of hyperdilute Radiesse® in the skin include:

  • Increase of type I collagen
  • Increase of type III collagen
  • Increased production of elastin
  • Stimulation of proteoglycans, increasing hydration in the skin
  • Stimulation of angiogenesis, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery to the skin

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Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Regenerative Aesthetics?

In general, regenerative aesthetics may be appropriate for those:

  • Who are concerned about aging
  • With skincare concerns
  • Who suffer from hair loss
  • Seeking a natural-looking result
  • Who prefer non-surgical options with lasting results

Regenerative aesthetics treatments are generally safe and well-tolerated. However, people with the following may not be suitable candidates:

  • Bleeding disorders or severe autoimmune diseases
  • Active infections
  • Allergies or sensitivities to the components used in treatments

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid regenerative aesthetics treatments. Certain medications or underlying medical conditions may also be contraindicated. Additionally, anyone with a history of poor wound healing or scarring should undergo a medical risk assessment when considering these treatments.

Learn Regenerative Aesthetics at APT Injection Training

Regenerative aesthetics offers a groundbreaking approach to natural-looking rejuvenation and tissue repair without plastic surgery. By incorporating these procedures into your practice you will be embracing the future of medical aesthetics!

APT Injection Training is the leading provider of internationally-recognized injection training courses for doctors and other licensed medical professionals. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive training programs.

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