With the advent of the Selphyl System, finding the perfect filler to repair the damage caused by aging may have become easier, especially for those afraid of allergic reaction or rejection. Since Selphyl is made from blood taken from one’s own body, it almost never initiates a negative reaction. Besides this attribute, Selphyl is also non-invasive, and the recovery period takes just days.
The Selphyl System proceeds in three steps. Using a syringe, the specialist first withdraws a small amount of blood from a vein. Next, the blood is processed using centrifugal force and a catalyst to force the red and white blood cells to break away from the platelets and fibrin. The platelets and fibrin are then combined with a substance to turn them into a glutinous material to be injected under the skin.
One of the advantages of Selphyl is its ability to stay fluid and extend throughout the area of concern, releasing protein along the way. This protein activates the growth of new cells and forms underlying collagen to make the treated area appear much fuller. This is the reason Selphyl is used to successfully treat aging skin so well. Selphyl is also valuable in the repair of acne damage and scars left from surgery.
While Selphyl is safe for all skin types, the manufacturers do warn against its use on patients with a low platelet count. They also suggest that Selphyl is not the best option if a client is on aspirin therapy or other medication which keeps the blood thin. Also, those with chronic infections should stay away from any procedure which might allow an entrance for bacteria, including Selphyl.
Insurance carriers do not typically provide coverage for Selphyl. Results are evident in just weeks but are also progressive, and last longer than some other dermal fillers. The Selphyl System has received authorization from the FDA as a safe method for aesthetic improvement of aging skin.