Selphyl: The Vampire Filler
by Trudi Schrieber
Pop culture is obsessed with vampires. Fuelled by popular series like "Twilight," vampire themes have continued to emerge in book, television, and movie series. In fact, even cosmetic procedures are taking a cue from vampires. No, drinking blood won’t make you look younger, but now there’s a facelift substitute that uses your own blood to fill skin depressions, scars, wrinkles and folds. The treatment, called SELPHYL®, has been nicknamed the "vampire filler," and uses no synthetic, plastic, or animal-derived materials. Yet, it achieves results similar to a facelift or BOTOX procedure, rejuvenating your skin.
How does SELPHYL® work?
As part of the SELPHYL® treatment, your esthetician will collect a small volume of your blood, from which they will separate out and concentrate your blood platelets and fibrin into a matrix called Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM). PRFM can be applied to areas of the face or body to stimulate cell proliferation, promoting increased volume and skin rejuvenation. Once SELPHYL®-prepared PRFM is administered to an area, growth factors are released into the skin. These platelet growth factors continue to release for up to seven days after the injection, promoting collagen production and dermal matrix reconstruction. Ultimately, these platelets stimulate volume to smooth out wrinkles or other skin depressions, and by promoting collagen production the platelets restore firmness to the skin.
How long does the SELPHYL® treatment take?
The series of SELPHYL® injections typically takes only 20 minutes and can be performed in your doctor’s office. Most patients require only one treatment.
How soon will I see results?
You will notice increased skin volume immediately following your SELPHYL® treatment. Once the initial swelling subsides, it will take around three weeks to see sustained skin volume gain. Remember, the treatment keeps working after it has been administer, continuing to stimulate skin volume and collagen production. Once the initial swelling goes down, it may take up to 3 weeks to see sustained volume gain. While results are not permanent, they are long-lasting.
Are there side effects associated with SELPHYL®?
SELPHYL® treatments are highly unlikely to cause allergic reactions because it uses your own blood, rather than synthetic or animal components. No known serious side effects have been reported by patients undergoing SELPHYL® treatments. Some common reactions include bruising, swelling, itching, mild irritation, tenderness, or discoloration. These reactions are temporary, and usually subside within two days of treatment.
How much does Selphyl cost?
SELPHYL® typically costs between $850 to $1200.
How can I find out more about SELPHYL® and find a SELPHYL® provider in my area?
To find out more about SELPHYL®, contact HealthySkinPortal today. Our representatives will schedule your personal consultation with an expert skin care provider in your area. At your consultation, you and your doctor can discuss the SELPHYL® procedure and whether it or a similar treatment might be right for you.
Ultimately, if you are looking for a safe, effective way to improve the appearance of your skin, without synthetic fillers and the risks associated with them, SELPHYL® might be a great option for you!
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