Last Reviewed on March 16, 2021 by Alice Pien, MD & Asher Milgrom, PhD
Discover an anti-aging solution using copper peptides based on science. Neova Copper Peptide Therapy helps promote visibly healthier, younger looking skin. Studies have proven that copper is essential for collagen and elastin in the skin. And it is also important to tissue building processes.
The Neova product line contains a complete array of products to allow for a comprehensive skin care regimen.
What are Copper Peptides?
As we age, our skin thins, and lines and wrinkles develop as our bodies become slower to produce collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs – the cement that bonds tissue components together). Age spots appear and skin becomes dull and lifeless as cell renewal slows and the skin retains less moisture.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that copper plays a fundamental role in skin health, by helping restore the skin’s ability to repair itself. Copper is a powerful collagen and elastin promoter and plays an antioxidative role in the body. Plus it’s important in the production of GAGs.
What’s more, copper-dependent enzymes increase the benefits of natural tissue building processes.
The History of Copper
Copper is an element essential to a number of physiologic processes in the human body, yet has not enjoyed the same degree of consumer understanding as iron and zinc. The presence of copper in living tissues has been known for more than 200 years.
Early medicinal applications of copper typically involved treatment of painful joints and muscles using copper bracelets, or copper-containing ointments. Scientific studies have clearly defined a role for copper in the regulation of growth, development, and function of the human body.
The Science of Copper in the Body
Less than 1 mg of copper is available in the typical daily American diet. Through a complicated series of exchanges, copper finds its way into the blood system, bound primarily to ceruloplasmin.
Copper is utilized by essentially every cell; resulting in the intracellular formation of copper-dependent enzymes – including cytochrome c oxidase (energy production) and superoxide dismutase (antioxidation). Copper is also essential for other enzymes including lysyl oxidase (crosslinking of elastin and collagen) and dopamine beta hydroxylase (catecholamine formation).
In the 1970’s, scientists isolated a sequence of amino acids (glycyl-L-histidyl-L-lysine; GHK) in human serum that bound copper, and used that initial piece of information to build a peptide copper-based technology with implications in anti-aging and tissue repair processes.
Not All Copper is the Same
Recent studies have shown that copper salts and GHK peptide added separately did not stimulate collagen synthesis. Procyte’s patented complexation of the GHK peptide to copper has been a dynamic breakthrough in copper therapeutics.
Through careful formulation and clinical guidance, Procyte has been able to develop a number of innovative GHK Copper Peptide products to treat a wide range of conditions. Procyte conducted and published a number of wound healing clinical studies showing the benefits of GHK-Cu (Iamin®, Prezatide Copper Acetate). The activities of the compound were supported by research studies showing positive effects on collagen deposition, tensile strength, angiogenesis, and SOD activity.
Published studies on hair growth using a different copper peptide compound demonstrated the positive influence of copper on hair follicle cycle regulation. More recent studies have demonstrated GHK copper’s positive impact in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Copper Peptides are Essential to Skin Health
Utilizing the knowledge that copper peptides provide an essential function relative to tissue repair and skin health, it is Procyte’s goal to provide the clinician with safe and effective products to enhance the healing outcome of cosmetic surgery and hair transplant procedures, leading to a more effective procedure and improved results.
The GraftCyte® System, Complex Cu3® and Iamin® family of products incorporate both the science of copper peptides, and the known benefits of moist wound healing. (10)
The Neova® line of anti-aging products provides GHK Copper Peptide Complex™ in cosmetically elegant formulations for daily skin care.
Procyte continues to explore new applications for copper peptide complexes bringing new innovation to physicians and consumer
About the Authors
Doctors Alice Pien, MD and Asher Milgrom, Phd are established pioneers in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Skincare. Their expertise ranges from advanced laser systems to HCT/P – Stem Cell medicine. Their medical education and advanced certifications span from medical schools of NY State University, the University of Chicago, to Johns Hopkins, Harvard and UCLA. They approach medicine with the clinical expertise of over 85,000 successful treatments over the past 20 years and significant scientific research resulting in proprietary protocols that they customize for each individual patient.