What is the Selphyl process?
The Selphyl System is a new approach to anti-aging treatment which allows the specialist to prepare a Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix to use as a dermal filler using blood collected from the patient during an office visit. Using a centrifuge and a chemical catalyst, the specialist is able to divide the components of the blood to use only the platelets and fibrin to form a thickened concentrate to be used in facial restructuring.
What makes the Selphyl System work?
Selphyl is a natural autologous preparation which the body readily accepts. When injected just under the skin, it activates new skin cell growth and, over time, leads to a stronger collagen support structure. Selphyl discharges a protein which prompts new cells to grow and spread throughout the treatment area.
What areas of the body can be treated successfully with Selphyl?
Selphyl can be used to give a fuller appearance to skin divots, pock marks, and hollow cheeks. It can diminish the scars left by acne and greatly improve the lines around the mouth and nose which develop with time. Selphyl may be used on any area of the body which needs to be plumped or to create areas with more definition.
What are the benefits of Selphyl compared to other similar treatments?
The fact that Selphyl is created from the patient’s own body is the biggest advantage this system offers. This means allergic reactions almost never occur. The Selphyl process is finished in twenty minutes or less and is rarely uncomfortable. Selphyl stays fluid under the skin so there is never a need to be concerned about unsightly knots or clumping. The entire Selphyl process takes place in the specialist’s office and requires no general anesthesia. Because Selphyl does not burn or blister the face, infection is unlikely.
Who can be treated with Selphyl?
Patients of all ethnicities are candidates for Selphyl treatment. Doctors do feel that the Selphyl system should not be used on anyone already dealing with blood clotting issues or those who are presently on blood thinning medications. These include herbal treatments and vitamins, as well as commercially prepared medications such as aspirin. Also, patients already treating infections should wait until they have cleared before beginning treatment.
What happens at an appointment for Selphyl treatment?
First, blood will be drawn from the patient’s vein. Only 9cc of blood is needed to provide Selphyl for each treatment. After using the patient’s blood to prepare the filler, the dermatologist will inject Selphyl into the treatment area. It is placed just under the skin, but some doctors also choose to use a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort.
What is the recovery after Selphyl treatment like?
Recovery after Selphyl treatment is relatively easy. Pain medication is not required, and the patient will only experience mild swelling and bruising for a day or two. A few may also have minor itching, but this is only a mild irritation.
What will I see after Selphyl treatment?
After two to three weeks, the treated area will look smoother as new cells fill in under the epidermis. The improvement seen will continue for several weeks until signs of aging are greatly diminished.
Does using Selphyl have any associated risks?
Because doctors follow a special protocol when working with blood products, the risk of infection is slight. Selphyl is safer than most other dermal fillers being used today and problems are rare.
Is the Selphyl System approved for use in the U.S.?
The FDA approved Selphyl for use by trained providers in the United States, and it has also been certified as safe in Europe.
Is Selphyl treatment covered by insurance companies?
Major insurance companies consider Selphyl treatment to be cosmetic and refuse coverage on this basis. Providers do sometimes agree to stretch payments over an extended period of time. It is best to ask about financing before the first Selphyl treatment.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging Staff
Updated: Fenruary 23, 2010