What Is the Best Way to Treat Facial Aging? The Answer Is Right Under Your Nose
In the world of Plastic Surgery, facial rejuvenation has changed dramatically over the last several years. Beginning with the early days of collagen, we essentially chased lines and wrinkles but now we’ve grown up. Now, we not only have more options but, more importantly, we also know how to use these options in a more effective manner.
One of the latest additions to the facial injectable toolbox is actually already in your , to be more specific, coursing through your veins. That’s right. The latest injectable agent is actually a biologic product that you already have.
This new injectable volumizer is prepared in a few easy steps. First, a small amount of blood is drawn from your vein. This blood is then spun, using a centrifuge and the red and white blood cell components are then separated from the platelets and fibrin. Finally, these platelets and fibrin are then combined with a fibrin mixture which ultimately creates a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) which can then be injected just below the skin. And although the press is referring to this hot new product as the Vampire Filler, we prefer to call it by its trade name, Selphyl.
Treatment time generally ranges from 10-20 minutes and is generally associated with a minimal amount of pain and downtime. Because some of the injected product will be lost, most injector are over-replacing volume by around 20% knowing that the final volume will be somewhat less than they started out with.
And so with multiple fillers already available, why would Selphyl be any more effective. The answer is that this final injectable substance contains a number of growth factors which can not only stimulate the growth of new collagen but also help remodel the skin from the inside out. Very dramatic improvements are being seen not only for generalized facial aging but also for those patients with acne scarring.
And the best thing is that no allergy testing is necessary because it’s your own tissue. But it’s not for everyone. If you’re on chronic aspirin therapy or using any other medications that thin your blood, you might not be a good candidate. And, if you’re trying to get insurance to cover your treatments, good luck…
As for longevity of the product, it really depends on your degree of volume loss and facial aging. For most patients, we discuss a series of treatments that will gradually build up and replace lost collagen and so you may expect anywhere from 2-4 sessions over the course of a year. Many patients treated with Selphyl report that they not only see an increase in volume but also a dramatic enhancement and glow to their skin. In fact, we have seen results that appear similar to a facelift or laser resurfacing.
And the good news is that it’s not only effective for facial aging. We are also adding this revolutionary treatment to our breast enhancement surgeries as a way to rejuvenate the d?Ã¯Â¿Â½collet?Ã¯Â¿Â½ area. This is an especially difficult area to improve with traditional methods and holds tremendous potential for blending the results of recent breast enhancement with facial rejuvenation in a very natural way.
For those of you with facial aging who have been looking for a more natural alternative to currently available fillers, the answer is here. Selphyl is not only natural, it works!