Product Review: What Is Selphyl?

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Product Review: What Is Selphyl?
August 26
07:32 2016

Article Highlights

  • The treatment involves taking blood from the patient in order to obtain platelet-rich plasma
  • The Selphyl treatment really can be used anywhere on the body
  • There is some discomfort during the procedure and some people may encounter itchiness, bruising, tenderness, mild irritation or discolouration that lasts a few days

Selphyl is often described as natural rejuvenation. The treatment involves taking blood from the patient in order to obtain platelet-rich plasma, which contains significant levels of tissue growth factors. When injected into the skin, these growth factors initiate collagen stimulation and additional skin cell development that help to reduce wrinkles and contribute to a younger look.

Selphyl is a safe treatment without major side effects. There is some discomfort during the procedure and some people may encounter itchiness, bruising, tenderness, mild irritation or discolouration that lasts a few days.

Dr. Martie Gidon, a Toronto-based cosmetic dermatologist and director of Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, explained the basics of the Selphyl procedure while treating her patient, Maria.

“The Selphyl treatment really can be used anywhere on the body,” Dr. Gidon said. “Most commonly though, I treat the face and neck. It can treat crepiness under the eyes, crow’s feet and the little lines that are around the lips and cheeks. It’s great for crepiness around the neck and on the chest. It can also be used on the hands, elbows, and knees and even improves the look of scars and stretch marks.”

Maria came to Dr. Gidon with several concerns, which she elaborated on for Deep Body. “I’m really happy with the way I look, although I do want some improvement in the dark circles under my eyes and the creepiness that’s there. Also, there are some fine lines in my cheeks that I would like to improve.”


The Procedure

Dr. Gidon used a “butterfly needle” to draw blood from Maria and then inserted it into a yellow-top tube containing sodium citrate to prevent the blood from clotting. The blood was then spun in a centrifuge for six minutes. The red cells collected at the bottom and were discarded. The remaining serum was then transferred from the yellow-top tube to a red-top tube, which contained calcium chloride, to help form the platelet-rich fibrin matrix. Finally, after the serum, full of platelets and growth factors, was inverted several times to ensure an even mix, it was ready to be injected.

Dr. Gidon disinfected Maria’s face, preparing the area under her eyes for injection. She explained that Selphyl is a very superficial treatment that texturizes the skin and addresses crepiness and dark circles. It does not take the place of Botulinum Toxin or fillers.

“The procedure didn’t cause any major discomfort,” Maria said. Having injections into her lower eyelids was a tear-inducing experience, though she didn’t find it painful. “You just feel the needle going in, but it’s actually more painful to do blood work than it is to do Selphyl,” Maria admitted, smiling.

Dr. Gidon reassured Maria that the puffiness under her eyes resulting from the injections would be gone within approximately 12 hours, and that any little bumps would disappear in about an hour or so. Dr. Gidon also cautioned that there was potential for some bruising, which could be covered with make-up the following day. Maria was also advised to sleep on a couple of pillows that evening to help reduce any puffiness.

The Selphyl treatment takes approximately half an hour to complete, and can only be performed by fully credentialed and recognized medical practitioners. The number of procedures needed varies, but generally, doctors advise one to three treatments, about six weeks apart. Results are seen in about six weeks and last approximately one year.

Six Weeks Later

Six weeks later, we met Maria again.

“So it took about a month for me to see the results,” she said. “There were a lot less fine lines. The discolouration under my eyes, the dark circles were less. I wasn’t using as much concealer under my eyes. Skin was looking better, dewier, creamy, and everyone who saw me shortly after that was complimenting me on my skin and how great my skin looked, how I looked more rested.”

Maria said that right after the procedure she experienced some puffiness under her eyes and pinprick bumps on her cheeks. As per Dr. Gidon’s advice, she slept on a couple of pillows to decrease the swelling. The next morning the swelling and the pinpricks were completely gone.

Dr. Gidon noted that with the Selphyl treatment, often two to three treatments are necessary to see the result. In Maria’s case, one procedure brought the improvement she desired.

“You can see that her fine lines are greatly improved,” Dr. Gidon said. “The skin looks creamier, and the pigmentation that she had is much lighter and she doesn’t need to wear as much makeup. Fine lines that she had on her cheeks are just about gone. She looks beautiful.”

Dr. Gidon recommended Maria should use anti-aging skin care products to maintain the effect of the treatment and slow down the process of aging. Such products as retinols, fruity acids, peptides and antioxidants stimulate collagen production, which makes the skin look healthy and young.

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  1. margie esmond September 07, 05:41

    Keep up the good work!

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  2. brooks paras September 07, 16:38

    You have done a wonderful job!

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