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Prepping Your Skin For The Fall

You’ve had your fun this Summer, now kick your skin into gear for the Fall.

As the vibrant hues of summer gradually give way to the golden embrace of fall, our skin goes through a subtle transformation too. Just as the leaves change, our skin’s needs also shift, making it the perfect time to indulge in more intensive treatments that will leave you glowing and rejuvenated. At Ashley McFarland Aesthetics, we believe that the fall season is a prime opportunity to revitalize your skin and prepare it for the upcoming months. Let’s delve into the transformative powers of Fraxel Laser treatments and a range of Chemical Peels that will have you embracing fall with radiance.

Fraxel Laser with PRP

Fall is a fantastic season to explore more advanced treatments, and at Ashley McFarland Aesthetics, we’ve got just the solution – Fraxel Laser with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). This dynamic duo works wonders for addressing a myriad of concerns including fine lines, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. As summer comes to a close, our skin can benefit immensely from the rejuvenating power of this treatment.

The Fraxel Laser stimulates collagen production and targets damaged skin cells, helping to reveal fresh skin underneath. Paired with Platelet-Rich Plasma, which harnesses the healing properties of your body’s own platelets, the treatment becomes even more potent. We’re proud to offer Fraxel Laser with PRP not only for the face but also for the neck, chest, and hands – areas that are often overlooked but equally deserving of some fall pampering.

Chemical Peels

Transitioning into fall is all about shedding the old to make way for the new – and what better way to do that than with a Chemical Peel? Our arsenal of ZO 3 Step Peel, VI Precision Plus Peel, Vitalize Peel, and Illuminize Peel provides a comprehensive range of options to suit your unique skin requirements.

The ZO 3 Step Peel, curated by renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, is a powerhouse treatment that exfoliates, brightens, and renews your skin. For those seeking to combat hyperpigmentation, the VI Precision Plus Peel delivers impressive results. It addresses sunspots, acne scars, and age-related spots, unveiling a more even complexion beneath.

The Vitalize Peel strikes the perfect balance – it’s gentle enough for minimal downtime while effectively reducing the signs of aging and enhancing your skin’s texture. If you’re looking to refresh your appearance with little to no downtime, the Illuminize Peel offers a subtle yet noticeable glow.

Fall in Love with Your Skin Transformation

As the temperatures cool and the air becomes crisper, take this opportunity to embark on a skin transformation journey with Ashley McFarland Aesthetics. Our tailored Fraxel Laser with PRP treatments and an array of Chemical Peels will renew your skin’s vitality, revealing a canvas that’s ready to embrace the enchanting season of fall.

Whether you’re looking to address specific concerns or simply want to pamper yourself after a long summer, our team of skilled professionals is here to guide you. Book a consultation today and let’s work together to prep your skin for fall, ensuring that you radiate confidence and beauty throughout the season and beyond.

Importance of Getting Fraxel done in Spring for Optimal Results and Minimizing Risk

Tricia giving a Fraxel Treatment

Fraxel laser treatment is a popular cosmetic procedure that is used to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. While Fraxel can be done at any time of the year, there are some advantages to getting it done in the spring.

Firstly, spring is a time when the weather starts to warm up, and people tend to spend more time outdoors. If you undergo Fraxel treatment during the spring, it gives your skin time to heal before the hot summer months when sun exposure can be particularly harmful to the skin. You will also have plenty of time to recover before any big summer events, such as weddings or vacations.

Secondly, many people tend to spend less time in the sun during the spring than they do during the summer months. This can help reduce the risk of complications that can occur after Fraxel treatment, such as hyperpigmentation, which can be triggered by sun exposure.

Finally, if you have been putting off Fraxel treatment, getting it done in the spring can give you a jump start on achieving your skin goals before the busy summer season. It’s a good time to start taking care of your skin and making it look its best for the rest of the year.

Overall, while Fraxel can be done at any time of the year, getting it done in the spring has some distinct advantages that can help ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications.

Our Skin Club Memberships

Easiest way to achieve the skin of your dreams? Join one of our skin clubs below!

Tricia, meeting with a client to discuss their interest in a Skin Club Membership.

Do you want to hold yourself accountable for getting the regular self-care you deserve? Our annual memberships are an investment in yourself and your skin. Enjoy monthly treatments, big savings, and exclusive offers at each level. All you have to do is pick the one that fits you best!

With several options and price points to choose from, we are able to give you and your skin the monthly TLC it deserves. We also are super flexible when it comes to swapping services if you aren’t interested in doing a certain thing during a particular month.

The best part about our skin clubs? It takes the work off of your plate, all you have to do is show up and your skin will soon be elevated to new levels!

Read below to see the differences between each membership, and how we can help get your skin to where you want it to be!

A client getting a Dermaplane included in their Glow-Up Membership.

Glow Up Membership ($109/month)

Looking to get glowing? This membership is one for everyone, especially those who are looking to keep their skin consistently bright and refreshed.

For $109 a month, you will receive the following treatments:

  • Deep cleanse
  • Dermaplane
  • Aloe mask
  • LED Light Treatment
  • ZO Accelerated Serum
  • BONUS: You will recieve 15% off all skin care products, all year long.

We are now offering upgrades to your Glow Up Membership in 2023. It’s been so popular, that we wanted to give back to those who are taking the time each month in getting their skin feeling and looking amazing.

During any month, feel free to upgrade to any of the below services for a discounted rate:

  • Deluxe HydraFacial for $175
  • VI Peel for $200
  • Microneedling with ZO serum for $350
  • Microneedling with PRP for $450
  • AM Glow laser treatment for $400

A client getting a Deluxe Hydrafacial included in their Anti-Aging Membership.

Anti-Aging Membership ($369/month)

Our Anti-Aging Membership has done some amazing transformations to our clients. You want to know the secret? It’s because they are prioritizing their skin health and come in multiple times each month! This is the best value out of all of the memberships because you truly get quite the spread of treatments to target specific parts of the aging process.

For $369 a month, you will receive the following treatments:

  • 3 PRP Microneedling treatments
  • 3 VI Precision Plus Peels
  • 6 Deluxe Hydrafacials
  • Monthly Dermaplane treatment
  • BONUS: You will receive 15% of all skin care products, all year long.

Additional bonus: You can choose to do discounted upgrades to Fraxel, Vivace, and AM Glow Laser Treatment.

We always want to make sure you are getting what you want. We will recommend anything we think you may need, as we go along in this membership journey together. We offer exclusive discounts for any upgraded treatment. Our providers are great at leading you in the right direction.

Tricia getting her client ready for their chemical skin peel treatment that is included in her Acne Membership.

Acne Membership ($125/month)

Active acne and acne scarring are two things that can be a real stressor to people. This is one of our favorite memberships because 1.) We can take all of the work out for you and 2.) The results we’ve seen from this membership are exceptional.

For $125 a month, you will receive the following treatments:

  • Monthly deep cleansing facial
  • Extractions
  • Chemical peel skin treatment
  • BONUS: You will receive 15% of all skin care products, all year long.

With this membership, you will stop stressing about the stubborn active living on your face, and will start to love the skin you’re in. We are happy to do a consultation beforehand if you are struggling with the active or scarring.

Blair, getting blood from client’s IV to be used for PRP hair restoration injections included in the Hair Club Membership.

Hair Club Membership ($399/month)

Our Hair Club Membership is for people who have had a hard time getting their hair growth to where they want it to be. We have seen hundreds of patients who feel stuck and don’t know what their next steps should be. Luckily, we’ve created this membership to help those who need assistance in getting their hair back with their very own blood.

For $399 a month, you will receive the following treatments:

  • Bi-monthly PRP hair restoration injections
  • Nutrafol vitamins for 1 year
  • Nutrafol shampoo & conditioner for 1 year

Ask AMA: What does the Vivace laser do?

Tricia using the Vivace laser to elevate this patient’s skin.

What is Vivace?

Vivace is a powerful microneedling system that uses radiofrequency. Vivace has 36 gold-tipped needles and provides a powerful boost to your natural skin.

Microneedling works by using extremely small needles to pierce the very top layers of the skin, which promotes skin growth and collagen production. As your skin heals from microscopic injury of the microneedles, the appearance of unwanted skin issues are reduced. Vivace microneedling can be used to treat wrinkles, discoloration, acne scarring, and skin laxity. Simply by using the skin’s natural healing process, Vivace can allow you to get the skin that you have always wanted without a surgical procedure.

image of vivace microneedling pen tool with gold tipped needles

What is the Vivace treatment like?

A Vivace treatment is minimally invasive and designed to provide effective skin treatment while minimizing discomfort. The process begins with a specialized numbing cream which is applied for 30 minutes to ensure that the top layer of skin is completely numb before the procedure begins. If the patient would like additional analgesics, we also offer ProNox gas to aid in the numbing process.  ProNox is a self-administered nitrous oxide (laughing gas) system that you can request to help prevent or lessen discomfort and/or anxiety during minimally invasive treatments. The ProNox mouthpiece is there for you to use to help you relax or reduce the intensity of your treatment—and you are in complete control.

Once Vivace microneedling begins, you may feel a bit of pressure when the device moves over bonier areas, such as the cheekbones, forehead, and hairline but overall, the discomfort is minimal. We can treat your face/neck/chest with the device as the microneedles penetrate your skin with radiofrequency which reach a deeper level than traditional microneedling. We then add PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) to every Vivace treatment. PRP is collected when a small sample of a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge, separating out the PRP from the red blood cells. 

After the Vivace treatment, you will be given a soothing serum to ensure that your skin is moisturized, hydrated, and ready to heal.

Typically, there are no downtime after the procedure. However, you may notice a slight redness in the face for a few days, and itchiness and peeling can occur in some patients. Neither of these symptoms is a cause for concern and are typical side effects.

Is Vivace right for you?

Here are a few of the benefits of this microneedling system. 

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and scarring – As your skin heals from the microneedling process, the appearance of scars and fine lines will be reduced giving you smoother, younger-looking skin.
  • Tightens the skin – Because it boosts collagen production, microneedling with Vivace helps tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, jowls, and loose skin.
  • No recovery process required – The entire Vivace treatment only takes about an hour; recovery is minimal, and you can go back to your normal routines quickly.

Want to find out more about our facial service offerings? Click here to learn more!

Vivace FAQ’s

1. How long does Vivace take?

The actual treatment takes about 20-45 minutes depending on the area, with an additional 30-45 minutes needed for numbing.

2. What is radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency provides heat that stimulates collagen production which has been found to lead to tighter, younger-looking skin.  Combined with state-of-the-art microneedling, patients experience optimal results.

3. How many Vivace treatments do I need?

Most providers find that 3 to 4 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, provides the optimal experience for patients. While the results re often immediate for skin tone and texture, there is also improvement over a three-month period as the process of collagen regeneration increases over time. 

4. When can I wear makeup after my treatment?

Most patients go out without hours after the treatment with no makeup at all. To maximize the combination of open channels, use our Soothe Mask and Boost Serum. We recommend at least six hours before you apply makeup. 

5. How long do the results last?

Everyone is different, but the collagen you make is your own and continues accelerated production over three months. Results improve over time. 

If you’d like to learn more about Vivace Microneedling and the differences between Vivace (Microneedling RF) and traditional Microneedling with PRP visit www.vivaceexperience.com or follow Vivace Experience on Instagram @vivaceexperience

Everyone, Meet Our New Laser!

What is it?

A new generation of laser treatment, that, unlike many others on the market, can address numerous skin conditions without downtime… which is huge.

You don’t have to make any major changes to your daily routines, and it doesn’t require you to stay in the house for days following treatment.

How does it work?

ADVATx uses two unique wavelengths of light, 589 nm and 1319 nm, combining high-powered yellow and infrared laser energy that targets vernal redness, blood vessel abnormalities, pigment, and acne without damaging the skin.

Laser technology is attracted to reds and browns. This device uses standard laser wavelengths to heat and eilminates unwanted vessels which are filled with red blood.

Who is this laser best for?

The best part of this device is that we can treat anyone at any age.

For younger patients, it’s common to treat acne and small blood vessels.

For those patients in their late 20s and early 30s, w will utilize the ADVATx for general skin health and prevention of skin aging.

For more mature patients, we will treat discoloration due to sun damage as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

It is best for anyone who wants to start out with laser treatments since it is not as intense as the others out there, making it a great first step into your laser skin health journey.

Who is this laser best for?

Our AM GLOW LASER treatment will target those with:

  • Pigment
  • Sun damage
  • General anti-aging
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • An interest in beginning or continuing to progress their skin health with laser treatment technology

Our AM RED CLEAR LASER will target those with:

  • Redness
  • Capillaries
  • Rosacea

OUR AM ACNE CLEAR LASER will target those with:

  • Moderate and active acne
  • Inflammatory acne
  • Acne scars

What are the benefits?

Other laser treatments that treat blood vessels or redness are painful and cause swelling and/or bruising that lasts three to seven days, whereas the ADVATx machine does not.

  • Not as invasive as other lasers
  • No downtime
  • No numbing
  • No pain treatment

How much is it?

We recommend 4-6 sessions to get the results you need, depending on your skin type.

Pricing for this machine is $600 a session, or a series of 4 treatments for $2,100.

We recommend 4-6 sessions to get optimal results. The best way to determine how many sessions you’ll need is to book a consultation with our providers.

Introducing Our New Service: IV Therapy Treatment

We thought we’d make it easy for you to get the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs – quickly and effectively. We now introduce to you our new service, IV Therapy! 

Blair giving a client an IV Treatment.

What does it do? 

Every day, your body requires a certain intake of vitamins and nutrients to maintain a normal function. While the exact levels vary from person to person, the demands of daily life can make it difficult to ingest adequate amounts of these essential vitamins. Even when using multivitamins, your body does not absorb all of the nutrients due to the metabolic process. That’s where IV Therapy Treatment comes in.

How does it work? 

IV Therapy delivers what you need directly to your body because it bypasses the digestive systems. We give you an IV which goes directly into your bloodstream, making nutrients available for immediate use. 

The best part of getting and IV, is that vitamins are delivered directly to the cells that need them. Easy for us, and even easier for you!

What are the benefits?

IV Therapy at Ashley McFarland Aesthetics improves overall wellness by providing vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to:

  • Improve immune health
  • Boost energy levels
  • Improve mental clarity and cognitive function
  • Reduce symptoms of illness
  • Improve hair, skin and nails
  • Combat fatigue
  • … and so much more

IV Therapy is a convenient, efficient way to give your body the support it needs to keep you feeling your best year-round.  

What types of IV Therapy do you offer?

Immune System Support IV: 

Vitamin IV Therapy helps to fuel your body to defend itself against illness and promotes a faster recovery. 

The Immune System Support IV is ideal for:

  • Boosting your immune system for travel
  • Shortening the duration of an illness
  • Boosting your immune system before events involving large crowds
  • Keeping you hydrated and nourished during illness involving nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Helps to flush out toxins created as your body fights illness

Recover & Recharge IV:

A mix of essential vitamins and minerals to replenish electrolytes, rehydrate your body, and boost your energy levels. 

Did you go a little overboard with salty foods? Have a few too many drinks? Not staying properly hydrated? If so, it’s time for a recharge. Luckily, we have the perfect IV here at AMA just for that. 

The Recover & Recharge IV is customized with the right vitamins, minerals, and hydration to make you feel better right away so you can get back out there and enjoy the day ahead of you. Super B complex, a high dose of vitamin c, magnesium, calcium, and an amino acid blend work together to: 

  • Boost cell energy levels
  • Combat harmful toxins
  • Fight fatigue
  • Increase energy
  • Detox the liver

Fountain of Youth IV:

Detoxifies the body and promotes healthier skin, hair, and nails. Contains Glutathione and Vitamin C.

The Fountain of Youth IV is formulated with a special blend of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that improves the health and strength of your skin, hair, and nails. Our formula is designed to detoxify your body and rejuvenate your appearance from the inside out. 

Unlike topical creams and oral supplements, IV therapy contains antioxidants to target and remove free radicals, which are molecules that contribute to aging and tissue damage. 

Fountain of Youth IV can help you look your best by working to: 

  • Prevent the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Slow the aging process
  • Strengthen hair, nails, skin, and eyes
  • Brighten skin
  • Improve blemishes
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Regular treatments of our Beauty IV can slow the natural aging process and help keep your skin, hair, and nails looking radiant and healthy. 

How much does it cost? 

Purchase a package of 5 IV treatments, get 1 free. 

Recover & Recharge: $175

Immune System Booster: $200

Fountain of Youth $250

Not sure which one you need, or have questions? Give us a call or text at 615-663-0072 to speak with a member of the AMA Team and we’ll get ya where you need to be! 

Understanding Fraxel & Why You Need It

What is it?:

Fraxel is a pioneering piece of technology that revolutionized the way we approach laser treatments. Laser treatments like Fraxel, support treatments that we do every day. There is so much synergy. It’s not one or the other and it was not made to be exclusive, and there is a place for all of it.

Educating our customers is what we strive to do, to make sure they understand the benefits of what this treatment is capable of.

What parts of your body can you treat:

The thickness of your skin in the face can be treated much more aggressively compared to the rest of your body. On parts of your hands, feet, arms, and legs – it’s very different skin to what you have on your face. Your neck and chest are very delicate and can have a harder time healing. We make sure we take the right steps to get you to where you need to be.

The big factors of Fraxel:

– Your recovery time is quicker.

– You can treat all skin types and with less chance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

– Fewer complications and fewer chances of infections and scarring.

– Enables us to treat off the face and deliver that energy in a safe, non-ablative procedure to other parts of the body.

What do we suggest Fraxel for?

 Anyone who is starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles along with dyschromia and pigmentation, and wants help getting their skin to a better place. There is nothing better on the market for a nice refresh for these kinds of skin concerns with minimal downtime.

– Fraxel was created purely for medical aesthetics. Over time, however, it is now used to slow down sunspots and attack early skin cancer by wiping it off and giving you a nice blank canvas to start again with.

– This laser hits deeper into the skin and will do a lot more in terms of remodeling. Because of the depth, you will get more collagen remodeling which is great for fine lines and wrinkles and improvement of the texture of the skin.

– It’s also great for stretch marks, post-surgical scars, acne scars, and preventative acne measures.

This laser can work great for younger and older people as well. The level of Fraxel treatment can vary, and you can use it as a preventative measure or to treat your skin development over the years.

The most important part of  Fraxel is the appropriate aftercare. It’s vital to be careful with how much time you spend in the sun to protect what this procedure does.

In conclusion, this laser caters to a number of skin concerns and offers great results with minimal downtime.

Want more information or would like to get a visit scheduled? Please call or text the office and we are more than happy to get you everything you need. 615-663-0072


The AMA Experience: Unique & Boutique


Our internal mission is to provide optimal, excellent, safe aesthetic treatments in a first-class, inviting, and welcoming space for all. When you walk in the doors of Ashley McFarland Aesthetics, you will be treated with the utmost attention and care. Whether you’ve been coming to our office for many years, or if you are brand new to us and/or aesthetics, we will take great care of you and your needs. We want our clients to feel our mission statement inside and out.


We are a small boutique aesthetic practice. Not a chain. Just one location. With this being said, we take extreme pride in providing our clients with an excellent personal experience. We get to know you and your needs far beyond just your skin and facial needs. Our clients are part of our work family and we enjoy a personal relationship with each person we treat.


Every single person who works here at Ashley McFarland Aesthetics is a member of this community and has lived in Murfreesboro for years. Our kids attend school here, we are involved in community events, charities, and church in Murfreesboro. We are fully invested in what our business can do to help the people of our community.

Carla & Kim
Robin & Paula


The staff at Ashley McFarland Aesthetics strives to exceed expectations in care and service in order to make your experience with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We have created a unique space where every single person is valued and treated like a VIP, and their self-confidence is increased with each visit. Below are our four providers, who all have one main thing in common: expertise in facial & skin rejuvenation.

Kristi, Ashley, Blair and Tricia.

Kristi Hutsell, Medical Aesthetician

Kristi has called Murfreesboro her home for 30 years! She graduated from MTSU and began a teaching career in the Rutherford County School District. She developed a strong passion for skincare and decided to make a career change and attended the Aveda Institute of Nashville to pursue a brand new chapter. She went to CoolSculpting University has been working with this machine for 6 years.

Kristi joined the AMA team in 2020 to continue to spread the word on how this incredible procedure can transform your body in ways you never thought could be corrected. Not only is Kristi the CoolSculpting Queen, she is the life of the party in the office. Come visit if you want a good laugh! 

Ashley McFarland, WHNP-BC, MSN, RN:

Ashley is a Murfreesboro native with over 20 years of experience in nursing. She graduated from the University of Vanderbilt as a Nurse Practitioner in 2001 and has 12 years experience in the aesthetics industry. She and her husband, Shane, have 3 boys.  Their family can be found on the baseball field, basketball courts or soccer fields most weekends with their boys.  

Ashley strives to makes sure that every client feels seen and heard. She finds it incredibly important to focus on continuing education and staying up to date with the current research that happens within the world of aesthetics. Ashley always has a million things going on, but when you’re with her – she is laser focused on serving you and your needs. 

Blair Akers, RN, BSN:

Blair moved to Murfreesboro in 1997 and graduated at MTSU School of Nursing in 2006. After 10 years at Middle Tennessee’s Medical Center as a NICU Nurse, she joined the AMA family in 2017 after her love for aesthetic medicine became her passion. Her aesthetic and medical knowledge runs deep and she is always learning and educating others, which is what people love about being in her care.

Blair is known for making clients feel incredibly comfortable with her deep knowledge of all things aesthetics. “Botox with Blair” is a client favorite!

Tricia King, Medical Aesthetician:

Tricia was born and raised in Shelbyville and has resided in Murfreesboro for the last 11 years. She graduated from MTSU with a BS in Business Administration. Once she started going to an esthetician, she was shocked at how much taking care of your skin professionally could help. She quickly turned that into her passion and joined the AMA family in April of 2021 after working in aesthetics already for years.

She enjoys the science behind it all and works with lasers and devices that make big changes. She takes pride in being a perfectionist. If you know Tricia, you love Tricia.


To get effective results that last, it is imperative to use top-of-the-line products alongside patented tools.


  • Juvederm® Facial FillersJuvéderm PlusJuvéderm Ultra Plus, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure.  
  • Restylane Facial FillersRestylane, Restylane Contour, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne
  • Sculptra Aesthetic


  • The SkinPen Precision
  • Vivace Microneedling with Radiofrequency
  • Fraxel
  • Hydrafacial
  • Chemical Peels: VI Peel, Skin Medica Peels


  • CoolSculpting
  • Sclerotherapy


Not only do we use top-tier products for our procedures, but we also sell products that you can purchase online or shop in the office.  When picking out products that we recommend to our customers, it was of utmost importance to us to only sell what we believe in. Therefore, everything we sell online and in-office has a special meaning to it being available for you to purchase. 

We have done the work for you. We know what works best for a certain skin problem. We know what works best together. We have done our own research to understand each product we offer, which takes the work out for you! Below are a few of our favorite products that our employees swear by: 

Advanced+ Serum

Professional-C Serum 20%

Neck Correct Cream


VI Peel Precision Plus

Our most popular peel at Ashley McFarland Aesthetics.

Come see what this 2022 Beauty Award Winning peel can do to your skin.

This peel exfoliates and diminishes pigmentation, penetrates damaged areas & smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Peeling lasts around 5-7 days.

Before & After.
This client did 3 VI Peel treatments.

For skin concerns involving sun damage, melasma, UV-induced pigmentation, post-inflammatory, and hyper-pigmentation

Before & After.
This client did 1 VI Peel treatment.

This peel is a 2022 Cosmopolitan Beauty Award Winner for the the Best Professional Chemical Peel.

This award-winning peel has been featured in:

“You’ll definitively experience some heavy peeling and flaking for about a week after this treatment but the skin brightening results are so worth it. Any hyper-pigmentation you’ve been dealing with (including dark spots, melasma, and acne marks) will be significantly less noticeable.”

Call or text our office today to book an appointment with one of our providers to experience this amazing peel.


Growth Factors and Their Importance

All Skincare is NOT created equal

Carla holding our ZO Growth Factor Serum

What are Growth Factors?

Have you ever wondered why your skin just doesn’t have the “umph” it did in your younger days?  Have you lost that glow and plumpness you had in your glory days?  Unfortunately, this is a natural part of the aging process, and it happens to all of us.  It is in large part due to the loss of our skin’s communicators called GROWTH FACTORS (GF). GF’s are proteins that are manufactured by cells.  They are responsible for sending signals to other cells, commanding them to reproduce and repair.  

In our younger years, our bodies produce large quantities of growth factors, keeping the skin thick and healthy.  Production of elastin fibers are also at their best.  This is the reason our skin can maintain a healthy elasticity and glow when we are in our 20’s. By our late 20’s/early 30’s, the growth factor process greatly slows down.  The skin starts producing smaller amounts of these growth factors, resulting in slower cell growth and skin becomes thinner and less supple.  This breakdown in cell function along with environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution can really wreak havoc on the integrity of our skin health, causing wrinkles and sagging.  Helping our cells out by adding a growth factor to our skin care regimen can a lot of times be the game changer our skin has been searching for.

Growth Factor Types

There are many types of growth factors that can be derived from many sources.  Typically, they are divided into two groups…human derived and plant derived.  Human derived GF’s can have many sources, such as your own blood (also known as platelet rich plasma or PRP), and other human tissues such as skin cells.  Skincare companies have really risen to the challenge in creating the fountain of youth by developing some amazing products containing GF’s.  These companies tend to have different sources and methods to creating their own growth factors products.


PRP (platelet rich plasma) is one of the most effective ways to utilize your own growth factors.  The plasma containing platelets is separated from the red blood cells by a simple blood draw in office.  The blood is spun in a centrifuge to make this separation process happen.  This is easy and only takes a few minutes!  The plasma containing your PRP is utilized in different ways to stimulate collagen and promote cell growth.  It can be injected underneath the skin to help improve elasticity and thickness, making the cells healthier in general.  It is also used as the glide component in microneedling.  

With this method, the PRP is driven into the skin through the channels created by the needles.  PRP is known to speed the healing process when used in post care for just about any skin treatment such as laser skin resurfacing or RF microneedling just to name a couple.  An awesome benefit to using PRP is that it comes from your own body, so there is zero chance of having an adverse reaction to it, making it a WIN WIN!

Read about our PRP enriched skincare, SoME here https://ashleymcfarlandaesthetics.com/some-the-future-of-skin/

SoME Skincare with Growth Factors

Plant derived Growth Factors vs Human derived

Plant derived GF are engineered in a lab to mimic human derived GF’s.  Sources for these include barley and corn.  

Both types have been shown in research to be effective for reducing wrinkles, improving firmness and elasticity, and boosting cell turnover.

We love our skin care products here at AMA that provide great growth factor benefits!

Skin Medica is renowned for their golden child, TNS (which stands for Tissue Nutrient Solution). They incorporate a high concentration of patented growth factors, over 380 to be more specific.  It is a great human-based growth factor solution and is found in several of their products such as TNS Advanced Serum, TNS Recovery Complex and TNS Eye Repair.  

TNS Advance Serum Growth Factor

Another favorite growth factor product line here is the ZO skincare line created by Dr. Zein Obagi.  This is a great example of a plant-based growth factor!  ZO has a GF serum and a GF eye serum.  Both are big hits with AMA clients!  Feel free to talk to your aesthetician about which one is best for you and your skin!  

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