Celebrities from Bruce Willis and The Rock to Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o have proved bald can be beautiful, but not everyone is ready to let go of their locks when signs of hair loss appear.
Excessive hair loss – whether due to genetics, aging or environmental factors – is distressing for many men and women. Fortunately, treatment methods continue to improve and today’s hair restoration systems are more effective than ever before. The Selphyl Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) system represents a significant advancement in effective, non-surgical hair restoration that uses the patient’s blood cells to revitalize the hair growth cycle.
State-of-the-Art Hair Restoration
Dr. Leslie Smith of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics offers this state-of-the-art procedure for men and women seeking to improve their appearance at an affordable price point. The Selphyl system is safe, comfortable, fast and requires no downtime. It’s a great alternative to medications and surgical interventions for patients who desire the most “all-natural” hair replenishment possible. Discover how the Selphyl system works and why it is a preferred choice in hair restoration for patients and physicians alike. If you have been disappointed by other hair loss treatments in the past, or are merely looking for a more natural approach, Selphyl PRFM may be the solution you’ve been seeking.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive hair loss treatment in which the growth factors found in a patient’s blood are reintroduced into the scalp via injection. Plasma contains tiny blood cells called platelets that are rich in restorative agents, including growth factors and anti-inflammatory materials, that are critical to the body’s healing processes. These growth factors can help stimulate activity in the hair follicles and promote new hair production.
To be useful for hair restoration purposes, the plasma used must contain twice the concentration of platelets as whole blood. The isolation of the plasma is achieved by drawing blood from the patient’s arm and putting it into a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the red and white blood cells. The result is a platelet-rich plasma with three to five times the number of platelets typically found in blood, and a higher concentration of the growth factors and proteins that can improve hair count and thickness. The treated plasma is then injected directly into the scalp where the hair is thinning.
PRP has become a popular treatment for hair loss because it is a “natural” way to restore hair. Unlike medications, which can have significant side effects, PRP uses no animal or synthetic products. The risk of allergic reaction or severe side effects is extremely low because the procedure utilizes your body’s own capacity for repair and regeneration to stimulate hair growth.
However, traditional platelet-rich plasma systems are not perfect. It’s not uncommon for red and white blood cells to be mixed in with the plasma used for the procedure. If the plasma is contaminated, inflammation may occur, and vital cells in the treatment area may die before they can take effect. The Selphyl system is essential in ensuring this does not happen during the treatment process.
How Is Selphyl PRFM Different?
The Selphyl Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix is the next step in the evolution of hair restoration treatment. Like traditional PRP therapies, the Selphyl system uses platelet-rich plasma derived from the patient’s blood, but the Selphyl system’s technological improvements provide better results while eliminating the risk of operator error.
Selphyl is designed to produce PRFM devoid of red and white blood cells. In addition to generating plasma with a high concentration of platelets, the Selphyl system incorporates stem cells to enhance the effects of the platelets. Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types and serve as an internal repair system for the body’s tissues, including those that make up the scalp and blood vessels. Adding stem cells to the plasma mix increases the likelihood that the treatment will be successful.
The Selphyl system creates a fibrin matrix structure that acts as “scaffold” to protect platelets and hold them in place once injected. Not only does this increase the concentration of platelets in the treatment area, but it also allows growth factors to be released into the scalp over an extended period.
A final improvement over traditional PRP is Selphyl’s self-contained system. The closed system does not rely on operator skill, as many PRP systems do, removing the risk of operator error while producing pure plasma formulations that are free from contamination.
Selphyl PRFM Treatment and Cost
Surgical hair transplantation is an invasive and expensive procedure that, all too often, does not provide patients with the results they were expecting. While transplantation can add hair to thinning areas, it does not address the underlying conditions that are at the root of hair loss. In contrast, the Selphyl Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix promotes blood vessel formation and stimulates the hair growth cycle at its most critical stages, making it a solution that is effective, long-lasting and economical.
Because the Selphyl system relies on the sustained release of growth factors into the scalp, more than one treatment is required to reap the full benefits. Each patient undergoing hair restoration treatment will be assessed to determine the optimal treatment schedule. On average, three sessions are recommended for best results. Results are typically seen within six months of receiving the first injections and look completely natural.
Selphyl PRFM treatments at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics may be purchased individually at $1,000 per session, or in a three-session package for $2,600. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith is included with either option.
Scheduling A Consultation
The Selphyl Platelet-rich Fibrin Matrix system is a new hair restoration treatment that improves upon traditional plasma-rich platelet therapies. If you’ve tried other hair restoration methods and been disappointed with the results,or are seeking a more natural procedure that does not require surgery or medication, the Selphyl system may be right for you. Dr. Smith is committed to providing treatments that are safe, effective and customized to each patient’s precise needs. Contact Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics at 952-460-1970 to schedule a consultation and learn more about Selphyl PRFM.