SkinMedica Aesthetics is a manufacturer of skin care products designed to stimulate the skin's own natural healing powers. Featured today on The Doctors, their Tissue Nutrient Solution (TNS) Serum is derived from cells of the foreskin. While the cream does not actually contain bits of foreskin, it makes use of the cells' ability to produce TNS. The serum promotes the body's built-in anti-aging properties and inspires new skin growth and collagen formation.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hema Sundaram shared her thoughts on TNS. She says, "This is serious science... Eighteen years ago, scientists realized they could take a few cells from [the foreskin] — these are young, healthy, living skin cells — and they could grow them. World-renowned dermatologist, Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, discovered that when the cells were grown, they would produce this amazing mixture called TNS, which has over 100 growth factors in it."
We spoke to Dr. Sundaram about TNS and what makes it stand apart from other skin care lines. She offers the TNS system in her office and says that it is the most popular amongst her patients. She prefers TNS over other systems because "it has real science behind it. There have been some very good research studies done that indicate TNS is very effective." The key to the success of SkinMedica's line lies in its use of fibroblasts which are a type of cell that synthesize the extracellular matrix and collagen. Dr. Sundaram says they are "grown in a 3D matrix so they are like normal, healthy living skin." As these fibroblasts grow, they produce the Tissue Nutrient Solution used in the TNS line, which contains high levels of essential growth factors. Peptides, antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients are also added to stimulate the collagen in the skin.
According to the manufacturer's website, the TNS system is appropriate for all skin types and is used on the face, neck and chest. It is used to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, as well as improve skin's texture, tone and elasticity. Additionally, TNS fights environmental damage and strengthens the skin's natural ability to regenerate itself.
There are several products available in the TNS line which range from $30 to $250. Dr. Sundaram says the TNS Essential Serum, available for $250, can be used as a standalone anti-aging solution, avoiding the need for costly additional products.
Dr. Hema Sundaram
Dr. Hema is Board Certified in dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is recognized as an expert in cutting-edge cosmetic surgery and is dedicated to educating both the public and her fellow physicians. Dr. Hema’s new book, Face Value: The Truth About Beauty - and a Guilt-Free Guide to Finding It has been acclaimed by both reviewers and readers. Her skills and her groundbreaking philosophy bring women and men of all ages to consult her from throughout the U.S. and overseas. For more information or to contact Dr. Hema, visit her website: www.my360makeover.com