Neonatal Foreskin: Aesthetic Medicine & Skin Care

Recently we had Facebook activity on our MediSpa Maui Page from Facebook users that do not follow our Page. These young activists expressed a concern with products containing ‘baby boy foreskin.’  A new trend in social media is for activists to target a Page and share their opinions with a flurry of activity on the Page. While MediSpa Maui believes that we are all entitled to express our opinions freely, we wanted to address the issue of foreskin and how it relates to the beauty industry. We understand that patients want to invest in the most ethical innovations available in aesthetic medicine. MediSpa Maui is committed to delivering this to you.

We wanted to address how foreskin is related to some of the medical-grade product lines you’ll find at MediSpa Maui. Here’s an excerpt from New York Online that discusses the use of foreskin and Dr. Gail Naughton, who pioneered this usage:

Why foreskin? Dr. Gail Naughton, a leader in regenerative science — she developed technology to grow human tissues and organs outside the body — explains it this way: When we’re born, our skin is in its best shape. Our cells naturally secrete proteins known as growth factors “that keep the cells healthy and stimulate them to divide,” Naughton says. As we age, our cells divide at a slower rate, which contribute to the telltale signs of aging, like wrinkles and loss of firmness and luminosity. Growth factors captured from the donated foreskin of a baby (just one can generate over a million treatments) are at their peak ability in promoting rapid cell turnover. Applied topically, they spur adult skin cells to regenerate. This is said to have a smoothing effect on the skin.

To continue, an excerpt from Regenica’s Suneva Medical:

While it is true that the progenitor cells of the human fibroblasts are typically derived from neonatal foreskins, we can confidently dispel any myths and fears that these cells are extracted, repeatedly, during the manufacturing process for aesthetic skin care products. The initial cell, which was voluntarily contributed, was donated by a set of parents devoted to the development of life-saving therapies (based upon growth factors and other proteins) including treatments for severe burns and ulcerative wounds.

After “the” donation, the pristine progenitor cell was then cloned in a laboratory. This began a tissue engineering process, where many thousands of new cells were grown.  Dr. Gail Naughton, a pioneer in regenerative medicine and the developer of Regenica, realized the fibroblast cells grown under these specific conditions naturally produce a human multipotent cell-conditioned media (CCM) that is characteristic of stem cells, yet does not contain embryonic cells or animal components. Termed Multipotent CCM Complex™, the conditioned media is made up of cell-signaling proteins and growth factors, including follistatin and stem cell factor, as well as those related to the skin rejuvenation. All of which are available within the Regenica skin care line.

We also find this in the SkinMedica line. These neonatal fibroplasts are the active ingredient in SkinMedica’s  TNS Recovery Complex. Oprah featured TNS on her former daytime show years ago, which really highlighted the debate over the use of foreskin. Neocutis is a similar product line, in that some products contain PSP, processed skin cell proteins. At MediSpa Maui we carry SkinMedica and their TNS Recovery Complex, as well as Regenica and Neocutis. We believe in the science and the ethical innovations behind these products. If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 879-4909.

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