HEAL THYSELF?: Fascinating new skincare products and therapies based on the body´s natural ability to heal
Have you been trying to find the fountain of youth? Look within yourself. Think about it. The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself through cell regeneration. The average cut heals in as little as a few days to a week. The skin is constantly making new cells to replace the old, in a continuous sloughing process. When tissue is injured, it quickly activates a complex process of treating the injury, cleaning up after itself, and regenerating new tissue to fix itself. During the clean-up phase hormones called Human Growth Factors are released, instructing cells to grow and divide, making new cells. Researchers have studied growth hormones to treat wounds in burn victims or diabetics leg ulcers since the 1990s. Now the cosmetic industry is following in suit. The new age of skincare products use growth factors to restore youthful skin.
What is more like youthful skin, than youthful skin itself? Researchers have found that fountain of youth in the youngest of them all, embryos. During embryonic development cells are rich in growth factors and rapidly dividing. Studies of prenatal surgery have found that wounds created during fetal development are scar-less.
Suneva Medical, the company that manufactures the dermal filler, Bellefill, has capitalized on this science in the development of their latest skincare product, ReGenica. By mimicking the conditions of an embryonic environment, low in both oxygen and gravity, the growth factors in ReGenica, such as Keratinocyte Growth Factor and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor promote the regeneration of healthy new cells and blood vessels and prohibit scarring. This environment also creates less Transforming Growth Factor beta (TGFb), known to induce scarring. Levels of TGFb are essentially nonexistent in the creation of this product. Recently released clinical trials of patients treated with ReGenica after ablative laser resurfacing indicated there was improved re-epithelialization, or healing, with shorter recovery times.
Neocutis also has a skincare line inspired by fetal skin´s unique properties. Their special ingredient PSP or Processed Skin Cell Proteins, are cultured from fetal skin cells containing a variety of growth factors, cytokines, and antioxidants. Also backed by clinical studies, their Biorestorative Skin Cream has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles after two months of daily use.
Other uses of growth factors include the injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), the ultimate recycling of one´s own blood to isolate the growth factors that are naturally contained in platelets. Created from the patient´s own blood cells, PRP uses activated platelets to trigger growth factors and stimulate the production of collagen. PRP is used in a variety of fields from plastic surgery to orthopedics, and to treat of variety of conditions from diabetic ulcers to acne scars.
Call Facial Rejuvenation FL today at 772-978-0484 to schedule a complimentary appointment with nurse practitioner, Greer Hanson, to see which products are best you.