Top Doctor cautions against talk of copper as new 'skin saver'

Woman with wrinkle free faceTales of its regenerative powers go back to ancient Egyptian times, but now leading Cosmetic Surgeons are once again talking of copper as an essential ingredient in a range of anti-ageing products and treatments. Among its leading advocates is Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Simon Ourian, who has already become widely known for his pioneering work with non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as Juvederm and Restylane.In a recent article in Harper's Bazaar magazine, Dr Ourian said: "I haven't had a patient approach me with questions about the anti-ageing properties of copper, but it's only a matter of time." The article noted that copper has been used since the 1960s to help promote skin healing. This is because it is considered to aid the development of Collagen and Elastin, both of which maintain skin strength. It also aids the production of Hyaluronic Acid, which plumps up the skin, and is used in many proprietary Dermal Fillers. Dr Ourian, though, takes a pragmatic approach. "I practice evidence-based medicine,” he said, “and there simply isn’t enough rigorous scientific data to back up all these claims. "Until that work is done and there is real evidence to back up the hype, I will refrain from recommending copper as an anti-aging ingredient in creams or pillowcases to my patients.”