October 20, 2010

Selphyl finds a way to facinate me and gross me out, all in one event!

After seeing my previous post on Selphyl, the nice folks at Canderm were kind enough to invite me to an event they had a few weeks ago to introduce Toronto plastic surgeons and media types to the product.  It involved a presentation with a slide show, Q&A and a live demonstration! Knowing how squeamish I am you are probably wondering why I would subject myself to this - good question!  I don't know - why do people slow down at accidents?  You know (and secretly hope) it might be gross but you just can't help but look!

The presentation was given by Dr. Anthony P. Sclafani, Director of Facial Plastic Surgery and a Surgeon Director at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and while I will admit that a lot the presentation was full of medical jargon that I didn't really understand, I got the gist of it and luckily there were lots of pictures, most of which I could actually look at!  I also really appreciated that the word plasma was substituted for the "b" word!  It was especially interesting to learn about all the places where Selphyl can be used including: full face resurfacing, skin depressions, nasolabial folds, hands, acne scars, rhinoplasties, for scar prevention and in combination with fat to prolong the durability of corrections.

The live demo was done by Dr. Trevor Born, a board certified cosmetic surgeon from Toronto who has used Selphyl quite extensively on his patients and had lots of insight on it's use and results.  Fortunately I was sitting far enough back that I couldn't see too clearly but as far as I could tell, the patient didn't look too traumatized!

Overall I have to say I am pretty impressed with the whole idea of Selphyl - I'm vain, I know I'll be using a filler eventually and I like the idea of it being a natural product with no synthetic or animal-derived materials.

I'll tell you what's really freaky - being in a room full of plastic surgeons!  You wonder if they are looking at you and thinking about all the things they would change about you...

- Lisamarie -

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