In each edition, Modern Aesthetics® magazine asks top cosmetic physicians about the newest cosmeceuticals they are dispensing in their practices. In this issue, Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist from Austin, TX, shares his experience with Tensage Stem Cell Cream by Biopelle, which he has been offering to patients and using for more than two years.

What is Tensage Stem Cell Cream?

Ted Lain, MD: Tensage Stem Cell Cream is an anti-aging and rejuvenating skincare product utilizing the power of your skin's own stem cells to fight the signs of aging. Our stem cells are responsible for the growth of all new cells in the skin, but their ability to function properly wanes with age. Tensage Stem Cell Cream contains special proteins that kick our own stem cells into gear, thereby producing newer, younger cells in the first two layers of the skin.

What type of benefits are we talking about?

Dr. Lain: Specifically, younger fibroblasts in the dermal layer produce new collagen to plump the skin and improve fine lines and wrinkles. New keratinocytes in the first layer of the skin improve that layer's thickness, enhancing skin's luminosity and texture. Finally, increased production of hyaluronic acid by new cells improves skin hydration and plumpness. Textural improvements are seen first, with everyone noticing that their skin is noticeably smoother. Over time, consistent use results in improvement in fine lines, as collagen is produced.

How does this differ from other such products on the market?

Dr. Lain: Tensage Stem Cell Cream features unique proteins from the eggs of the Cryptomphalus Aspersa snail that have been proven in multiple studies to cause changes in the skin consistent with those mentioned above by activating skins own stem cells. Other purported stem cell creams utilize antioxidants, or growth factors, or actual stem cells themselves, to try to produce similar results, but fail due to the inability to adequately signal the skin's own stem cells to differentiate into new skin cells.

Does it work on all skin types?

Dr. Lain: Yes, that is one the best characteristics of the stem cell cream. Importantly, stem cell cream is not meant for post-procedure use. The repair required after procedures is better addressed with creams containing growth factors.

How do you address questions about stem cells, should they come up?

Dr. Lain: I make sure my patients understand that this cream is optimizing the skin's own ability to rejuvenate by harnessing the power of the skin's own stem cells. It actually could not be a more natural way to rejuvenate the skin.