A New Capacity for Repair and Regeneration
As part of the body's capacity to heal itself, platelets and
other components in human blood migrate to a site of injury. Platelets are
known to release a variety of factors that respond to tissue injury, where they
initiate and promote healing. By concentrating platelets at the site of injury,
the body's own natural capacity for healing can be stimulated.
Selphyl is a unique system that taps into this capacity. The
Selphyl system contains a fibrin matrix to effectively capture the body's own platelets.
Through this process platelets are stabilized and protected, allowing the
sustained release of growth factors to promote growth of new tissue, blood
vessels, and collagen.
The treatment takes place in a single office visit. A small
amount of a patient's own blood is drawn into a vacuum collection tube containing
a cell separator gel. We typically collect two vials of blood. The tubes are
then placed into a centrifuge and spun for six minutes to separate the blood. The
platelets and plasma are then transferred in a closed system to a second vacuum
tube containing a small amount of calcium chloride solution. The material is then
injected, serving as a three dimensional scaffold to maintain the platelets at
the site of injection.
There is virtually no risk of allergic reaction since
Selphyl does not contain any synthetic or animal products. The procedure takes
place in about thirty minutes. Immediate results can be noted, however true
results are seen in around two to three weeks and as collagen is stimulated
thereafter, around 8 weeks or so. The results are long lasting, with claims of
up to 2 years.
Do you have experience with this system or one similar? I'd
love to hear your thoughts. From my experience, I find it to be a great option
for those hesitant in having synthetic fillers or neurotoxins. Not only will
patients see results, but they may feel more comfortable in choosing a more
"natural" treatment. For patients new to aesthetics, this could be a great
gateway treatment that leads them to consider more aesthetic options.