Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient's own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve The Selphyl® System is a completely closed system and can convert PRP to PRFM with the addition of a precise amount of calcium chloride, which initiates the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin, as part of the clotting cascade. The fibrin matrix serves as a three dimensional scaffold to maintain the platelets at the site of injection. The scaffold also serves to protect the platelets so their release of growth factors can be sustained over a longer period of time.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform in your doctor’s office.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The number of treatments needed depends on each individual patient, the desired outcome, and your doctor’s treatment plan. In our office, we use PRP/Selphyl for facial rejuvenation and for male and female pattern hair loss. Improvement in facial skin quality can be seen in one session.
For hair regrowth, we recommend a series of 3 PRP/Selphyl sessions spaced one month apart, followed by a 6 month follow up. Hair regrowth has been seen in our patients as early as one month after the first session.
IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Unlike other products that are acidic (low pH), Selphyl® PRFM has close to physiologic pH. There may be some temporary discomfort during the injections. Like all injection procedures, one can experience occasional redness and bruising immediately following the treatment that resolves quickly.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
There have been no known side effects associated with Selphyl® reported to date. As with any injectable procedure, some patients may experience some mild and temporary irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site.
CAN ANYONE BE ALLERGIC TO SELPHYL®?
There is virtually no risk of allergic reaction. The Selphyl® PRFM System is used to rapidly collect and isolate a patient’s own PRFM for injection and contains no animal or synthetic products.