ANTI-AGEING: Scientists find answer to wrinkles
A GROUND-BREAKING new discovery has uncovered a natural way to turn back the clock on wrinkles.
Scientists in America have found that it's possible to regenerate the fatty cells that keep skin looking smooth and young by manipulating the body's own natural wound healing mechanisms.
University of Pennsylvania's Dr George Cotsarelis explained: "Essentially, we can manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration rather than scarring,"
"The secret is to regenerate hair follicles first. After that, the fat will regenerate in response to the signals from those follicles."
Fat cells called adipocytes are normally found in the skin but are lost, particularly in the face, as a natural part of the aging process.
That loss leads to permanent, deep wrinkles, which anti-aging treatments can't fix in a cosmetically satisfactory way, the research report states.
"Our findings can potentially move us toward a new strategy to regenerate adipocytes in wrinkled skin, which could lead us to brand new anti-aging treatments," Dr Cotsarelis added.
However, it is still early days, with the researchers reporting further work needs to be completed before these findings are ready for the commercial market.