June 21, 2017

PRP Selphyl vs. Dermal Fillers: What's the Difference?

We get older, it’s a fact of life, and our biggest organ takes the biggest beating—the skin. It’s easy to forget that the skin is a live organ that we constantly mistreat. From sunspots to aging, the skin can become discoloured, saggy, and strangely textured. Does your face feel crepey and papery? Are your lips less plump than they used to be? The following injection treatments are offered by the specialists at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery.

So what are PRP Selphyl and Dermal Fillers?

Injectables are often placed in the face and neck to rejuvenate skin, add facial volume, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Two of these injectables are called PRP Selphyl and Dermal Fillers. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which contain hundreds of proteins that assist in the healing process. Perhaps you’ve heard of friends getting PRP injections into their joints, but PRP can be used cosmetically, as well as medically. Dermal fillers are sometimes more commonly referred to as hylauronic injections, but do not contain animal products, and have very few adverse reactions, and are a hyaluronic acid based substance that occurs naturally in the body’s connective tissues.

How do they work?

PRP Selphyl is injected into the skin to improve skin texture, specifically crepey skin. To begin, a blood sample is taken from each patient, and the PRP is separated out of the blood. The PRP is then injected into the patient to rejuvenate the skin, smoothing out wrinkles, and adding moisture by stimulating new collagen production. Dermal fillers are used in combination with neurotoxins for a nonsurgical facelift. Dermal fillers help fill in places that have become hollow with facial volume loss.

What do they fix?

PRP Selphyl can be injected to correct crepey skin, especially in areas near the lips, cheeks, and eyes—such as crows feet and under the eyes. Dermal fillers are injected to fill the voids that aging have caused, beginning at age 35—such as hollow cheeks, a gaunt mid-face line, lip augmentation, tear troughs, lower eyelid bags, temples, nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth), marionette lines (lines from the lips down to the chin), and in the hands for to reduce the appearance of thin skin.

Who should use them?

Both dermal fillers and PRP Selphyl are fantastic ways to rejuvenate the face and to reverse the effects of aging. While both options are suited for most patients, PRP Selphyl is more often used by patients who have a wrinkly, papery skin texture, and want to treat their faces naturally. PRP Selphyl is often injected into the face near the lips, eyes, and in the cheeks. Dermal fillers are more often used for patients with deep wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Dermal fillers are most commonly used in the nose, lips, cheeks, and facial folds. 

Contact 8 West Clinic for a PRP Selphyl or Dermal Filler consultation where your medical history, medications, objectives and budget will be taken into consideration.

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