Selphyl, nicknamed the “vampire filler,” works with the platelets from the patient’s own purified blood to create a substance called “platelet-rich fibrin matrix” that stimulates the growth of new skin cells and collagen. Selphyl is used just as any other commercial filler in acne scars, smile, and frown lines. Results are evident in a few weeks. Doctors have used similar products for years in surgery to help decrease bruising and accelerate healing, but its cosmetic use got FDA approval this year. Unlike some artificial fillers that can cause severe allergic reactions, the body more readily accepts Selphyl.
Cost: $1,000 to $1,500 per injection
Downtime: A day or two