Mining your blood for beauty

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Gina

Mining for solutions to wrinkles and scars, creators of the Selphyl System think they’ve struck a rich vein. Literally.

In a kind of anti-aging transfusion, the Selphyl System uses ingredients from a patient’s own blood as an injectable facial filler to smooth wrinkles around the mouth and nose, fill in hollow cheeks and pock marks and lessen acne scars.

During the procedure, a doctor (plastic surgeon, dermatologist) draws a vial of blood from the patient.  It is placed in a centrifuge, where the platelets and fibrin are separated from red and white blood cells. It is the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) that are injected back into the patient.  The PRFM doesn’t plump the area, but stimulates new cell growth and collagen production.  Sort of like regenerating yourself. says that it can be used on any area of the body, too.

Using self-made substances as filler isn’t new.  Autologous fat transfers, in which fat is liposuctioned from one area and injected into another, are used to plump everything from lips and face, hands or areas of the body that need contouring. Fat transfers have been problematic, however.  Fat sometimes gets lumpy when relocated, and there is no predicting the absorption rate. Injecting one’s own stem cells  to promote cell growth and stimulate collagen is new and holds great promise, especially if the transfer continues to heal itself.

In the new world of stem cell transfer, however, Selphyl is unique in that it uses blood.  According to various websites, you see results in about three weeks.  How long they last isn’t exactly clear.  Some claim a year to as long as 18 months, but considering this procedure was introduced in 2009, we’re not quite ready to take that as gospel.

The upside of these autologous transfers is that there is no chance of having an allergic reaction since the cells were produced by you.  It is also a fairly quick procedure, taking about 20 minutes. says the PRFM/PRP stays fluid under the skin and doesn’t form lumps.  It also says risks are low and problems are rare, but doctors answering a question about autologous platelet transfers cite an article that suggests clots could form in a facial vein.

The cost estimate we found was $1,100 for one treatment, a bit higher than traditional injections, but of course, they are doing more work.  Despite the pros associated with the Selphyl System, many remarking on are just not ready to try it, and are sticking to old fashioned fillers like Restalyne.  We tend to agree, it needs more testing.  We’re all for trying something new and different, but we just don’t want to be the first when it comes to our faces.

One Comment on “Mining your blood for beauty”

  1. suzi

    I am willing to try it. My blood is very clean, as I eat a lot of organic fruits, vegetables grains, and just a little meat. I have deep acne pockets, on my face. And a surgical scar over my right upper lip. So this procedure though new, is worth the risk. After all, I will be using MY OWN BLOOD.

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