Procedure helps restore
By Rachel Naud
From Calgary Herald Cosmetic Rejuvenation Editorial – May 2014
Fiona Green (not patient’s real name) always felt something was missing from her sex life. The 50-something was never able to experience sensation in her nipples, which left her feeling self-conscious about her body.
“I have always had inverted nipples, and for years felt that the sensitivity was lacking,” says Green.“My breasts were never an erogenous zone for me, so I figured something must be different than most other women. It’s an awkward and uncomfortable situation when your partner believes that area should be a natural element of foreplay. Yet for me, it wasn’t – ever. It simply didn’t arouse me.”
The loss of sensitivity in nipples can be caused by a number of reasons, says Dr. Elizabeth Lourens, director of the Age Management Institute in Calgary. She notes the main sensitivity-stealing culprits include breast surgery involving the nipples (breast lift, augmentation or reduction), menopause and aging.
Until recently, there hasn’t been a procedure to restore nipple sensitivity. However, Selphyl is now changing the lives of many women – including Green – and, yes, men. Selphyl allows natural tissue regeneration using a body’s own ability to rejuvenate. It allows physicians to isolate some of a patient’s own platelets and fibrin from their blood and, re-inject them in a particular site.
To restore nipple sensitivity, blood is drawn from the patient’s arm just like at a lab. It is then centrifuged to remove the red and white blood cells. The plasma is then injected into the nipples. “The platelet-rich plasma causes growth of collagen, resulting in the restoration and repair of volume and texture in the tissue,” says Lourens.
In addition to improving sensitivity and arousal, the treatment can also help lift inverted nipples, soften scar tissue from breast surgery and improve the nipple’s colour and texture. The procedure, which takes approximately 25 minutes, starts with the application of a topical cream to numb the area before the injection.
For optimal results, the treatment should be repeated after four to six weeks to give collagen an extra boost. “With any platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, one starts seeing results after about six weeks, but there are immediate positive effects, also,” says Lourens.
For Green, one of those positive affects is increased self-confidence. “It’s interesting when you’re this far into your life and you’re only now experiencing what you’ve read and heard about for years,” she says. “It has made me more self-aware in general and a bit more confident during intimacy.”
Cost of the treatment ranges from $700 for one treatment to $1,200 for the recommended two treatments. Results typically last between 18 months to two years.
People on blood thinners and strong anti-inflammatories are not candidates, says Lourens adding, “certain medications and some supplements may need to be discontinued a week prior to the treatment and a week following.
“Selphyl treatments may be contraindicated and be medically unsafe for some patients, so.” it is imperative to seek out an experienced professional for the consultation and treatment