It is actually not a new topic; it was first discovered by two scientists, Stanley Cohen and Rita Levi-Montalcini in 1952. 34 years later, this achievement earned the duo, the Nobel Prize in 1986, fueling research into just how to use Growth Factors. Rita was an Italian Neurobiologist and died at age 103. Stanley was an American Biochemist and died at 97.

They clearly were on to something, given they both lived very long lives!

With young skin, our naturally occurring stem cells are robust and responsive, keeping skin smooth and radiant. Slowly, as we age, we have fewer of these cells available to repair skin damage. Over time this damage adds up and our skin health declines. By our late 20s our skin starts producing smaller quantities of growth factors, resulting in less cell growth and thinner, less supple skin.

Found in abundance throughout the body, growth factors are large proteins that float between cells communicating crucial messages relevant to healing, growth and survival. When these signaling proteins bind to receptors on cell surfaces, they can send commands to replicate, repair and rejuvenate. This can activate cells to do things such as grow and divide, make collagen and elastin or increase blood flow. Now you can see just how important Growth Factors can be to help our skin cell health.

In research, they found that Diabetic wounds heal very slowly, but they discovered years ago that we could persuade bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to heal skin wounds rapidly. These stem cells’ natural function is to respond to emergencies in the body through their communication network of biosignaling molecules called cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins that are crucial in controlling the growth and activity of other immune system cells and blood cells. When released, they signal the immune system to do its job. This helps reduce inflammation and helps create healthy skin.

The growth factors found in serums, gels and creams are either bioengineered in a lab, or culled from human stem cells. The Growth Factors we use are stem cells are derived from the bone marrow of young, healthy, pre-screened adult donors. The cells are cultured in a laboratory, within a controlled environment that encourages production of the biosignals that will engage in skin repair and rejuvenation.

Using Growth Factors with our Medical Microneedling or Microchanneling Treatments gives the most amazing results. Acne Scars and Fine Lines are erased and texture, tone, pigmentation and pore size can be corrected too.

Another area Growth Factors are used is to help hair growth for lashes and brows. Your journey towards thicker, more beautiful lashes or thicker beautiful brows is possible with this support. See our store for more information on these options.