You’ve heard about wrinkle fillers, but what about one made from your blood? It’s a new method to trigger collagen production, using part of ‘you’ as the filler.
Selphyl™ is a new type of filler made from the patient’s blood. Everything is processed in the doctor’s office. A small vial of blood is drawn from the patient. The collection tube is placed in a centrifuge and spun at high speed for six minutes. During the patented process, the platelets and fibrin separate out, forming a platelet-rich fibrin matrix. This matrix is then injected into wrinkles and other target areas of the face.
Once in the body, Selphyl releases growth factors, stimulating collagen production and growth of new skin cells. The filler can be used to fill in wrinkles around the nose and mouth and acne scars.
Anthony Sclafani, M.D., Facial Plastic Surgeon at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in New York City, says Selphyl can also be used to provide volume for the face, filling in hollows under the eyes or plumping the cheeks.
Sclafani reports it takes about two weeks to see the results of Selphyl injections. Since it’s still relatively new, researchers are uncertain how long the treatment will last. However, Sclafani says collagen in the skin typically renews itself about every two years. So he anticipates the filler will last at least that long.
Sclafani says patients like Selphyl because the product is made from their own cells and the entire process can be done in the physician’s office. The treatment doesn’t appear to work for everyone. However, in his experience, Sclafani has found about 85 to 90 percent of patients have success with the filler. Selphyl is just now becoming available in the U.S. The average cost of treatment is about $1000.
Sclafani is a consultant for the company that makes Selphyl.
For information about Selphyl, go here.