Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Upcoming filler will use discarded baby foreskins

You'll be hearing a lot about this filler soon. From today's NY Daily News:

"Vavelta is a clear liquid derived from baby foreskins, donated by mothers whose babies have just been circumcised. The liquid is injected into adult skin damaged by acne or burns.

The results look promising so far, but it's a bit early to get too excited. Vavelta, developed by a British biomedical company called Intercytex, is at least four years away from being available in the U.S. If it does win FDA approval, chances are Vavelta would be used only in the treatment of burns and acne, at least initially, a company spokesperson says.

The treatment, which claims to be permanent, is different from skin fillers like Juvederm and Restylane because it contains tiny skin cells, called fibroblasts. The cells rejuvenate and revitalize damaged, aging skin from the inside by actually repopulating the lower skin layers with millions of healthy young skin cells."

The article goes on to add that one foreskin is enough to create thousands of treatments, as the skin cells can be grown into cultures and frozen. We will back soon with Dr. Goldberg's recent publishedstudy on growth factors in foreskin cells used by Neocutis that lead to healthier skin.

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