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If you were rich and famous and could afford a $650 facial nicknamed the "penis facial" would you get one?! The Doctors discuss the Hollywood EGF facial that celebrities like Sanda Bullock and Cate Blanchett are reportedly partaking in at a New York City salon.
This facial uses a secret ingredient: an enzyme derived from the cells of Korean newborn baby's foreskins! Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains it's not as crazy as it seems. EGF stands for epidermal growth factor and this is drawn out from that foreskin stem cells. The idea is that it contains peptides that stimulate collagen and elastin. It is used as a serum as part of the treatment that also includes a facial cleanse, a chemical peel, and microneedling to open up the barrier of the skin to allow the serum to sink in.
Dr. Batra adds that this concept is not new; there is a high-end skincare line that uses protein peptide-based growth factors in their products. Prior to making its way to dermatology and plastic surgery, the idea of using stem cells and growth factors originated with orthopedic literature, being used to restore joints and tendons. Since skin loses collagen and elastin with aging, and that is what causes wrinkles and sagging, there is a desire to find more natural ways to replenish it as opposed to using filler injections.
Interested now? Even if so, the facial has a two-year waitlist! Dr. Batra does point out that they don't know how efficacious it is and how much of the EGF gets absorbed, but the concept behind it makes sense!