vavelta.jpg There is now an anti aging procedure that might not find takers among the ethically conscious. But it is sure to ignite excitement among many others. British biomedical company Intercytex has developed Vavelta, a radical new treatment that uses dells derived from circumcised newborn babies.

Highlights of Vavelta
a. This is a clear liquid in which tiny skin cells, called fibroblasts, are suspended.
b. These cells are cultured from babies' foreskins donated from US hospitals after circumcision.
c. It can apparently rejuvenate and restructure ageing and damaged skin.
d. It works from the inside by repopulating the lower layers of the skin with millions of healthy young skin cells.
e. These foreskins are then treated with enzymes to release the fibroblasts which are grown in sterile labs.
f. The entire process is carefully monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. and by Britain's Human Tissue Authority.
g. Authorities say that both mothers and babies are screened before the foreskins
h. It involves the injection of the liquid into the patient’s face with a fine needle.
i. One session takes about 5 minutes.
j. It might be ideal for hollows and fine lines under the eyes and lines around the mouth.
k. There is hardly any discomfort.

Highlights of trials
a. Trials are still undergoing.
b. Trials conducted so far have shown that it is safe and the effects are permanent.
c. It gives the skin a smoother, thicker and younger appearance.
d. Results are not instant since the cells need time to settle into the dermis before they start to reproduce and stimulate new collagen.
e. It takes about a month for results to show.
f. Trials showed that patients with sun damaged skin, caesarean scar, burns or scars seem to respond best.

Cost
$750 for a vial

Disadvantage
a. There might be some redness and itching but these disappear with time.
b. It is an expensive alternative.