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After circumcision, where do foreskins end up?

foreskinWe thought that after foreskins were cut off from newborn babies who underwent circumcisions in hospitals, they end up in the trash bins and then incinerated just like other medical wastes. Then, we discovered that a new skin repair and rejuvenation product, known as Vavelta, uses human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) as its main ingredient. Fibrobrasts are naturally-occurring skin-firming proteins that becomes scarce with age.  Vavelta manufacturer Intercytex is said to harvest HDFs from discarded babies' foreskins.

Vavelta, a clear liquid where fibroblasts are suspended,  is injected into the skin to rejuvenate damaged skin and get rid of wrinkles, acne marks, burns and surgical incisions. It works  by repopulating the lower layers of the skin with millions of healthy young skin cells. Unlike fillers and Botox, Vavelta is claimed to be permanent.

The treatment is approved in the U.K., but the F.D.A. has yet to approve the drug.

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