Naso-labial folds or smile lines, hollows under the eyes and sunken cheeks all add years to your appearance. So how can you get rid of these ageing signs?
Injecting your own filler into the face to restore facial volume and fill lines could be the solution.
People today are always looking for less unnatural treatments with little to no risk of an allergic reaction. They prefer the idea of using their own fat or blood rather than synthetic filler to rejuvenate their faces. This has lead to a medical procedure that enhances a person’s appearance much like the way popular fillers but in a purely natural way
Filler taken from one’s body is key to the new treatment. The treatment involves the use of a special technology to produce a platelet-rich fibrin matrix from a patient’s own blood. Studies have shown that platelets enable the release of growth factors and cytokines that are so beneficial to skin rejuvenation and volumisation. What’s achieved is a fibrin matrix that acts as “scaffolding” to support tissue regeneration and collagen production.
According to Anthony P Sclafani, MD, co-author of a study on platelet-rich fibrin matrix published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery in April 2012, dermatologists performing this procedure need to select the right patients and the right facial areas to treat. Then a small amount of blood is drawn from a patient’s arm, similar to having routine blood tests at the hospital. Technology is then used to separate the elements of blood in a specific way. This process permits the isolation of much larger, denser and richer-in-growth-factor fibrin matrix. The resulting fibrin matrix, which restores volume like a filler, is derived from patient’s own body, hence it is natural. It can be injected to augment the cheeks, to fill naso-labial folds and to correct the hollows under the eyes. When injected in the face, the fibrin matrix has a volumising effect and at the same time acts as a controlled-release carrier of growth factors that stimulate collagen production under the skin over a period of time.
Dermatologists who decide to offer the natural filler should be prepared to spend time spent educating patients that while synthetic fillers offer an immediate result after one treatment, results from platelet-rich fibrin matrix may take one to three treatments.
Dr Sclafani makes the point that this is an important option for patients because the fibrin matrix is their own derived filler and induces a natural healing process for a sustained effect.
THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions for her to firstname.lastname@example.org