Is it really safe?
The aesthetic market is always changing as customers look for the next best thing in anti-aging. The latest launch is a protein injection made from horse tendons.
Developed for its collagen building properties, the gel called Nithya was launched last week in Britain. It is made by mixing water, a mild anesthetic and powdered equine collagen, which studies suggest help make the skin more firm.
Vida Aesthetics claims the product is safe and the future of anti-aging. Its uses include helping erase fine lines around the eyes and improve facial volume in the cheeks. Results are touted as long lasting by the company.
The manufacturer tells Horse & Hound its treatment does not have a negative impact on horse welfare because the tendons are a by-product of horses that have been slaughtered. Some European cultures eat horse meat, unlike the U.S.
The foreign aesthetic company may not realize over 90,000 of the U.S.’s horses ship to slaughter through Mexico and Canada. As a result, the horse meat lands on Europeans’ dinner plates.
The major difference is U.S. horses come from private owners and have most likely been pumped with drugs prior to their demise. The tainted horse meat is unsafe for human consumption. How safe is an injection of “equine filler” from that same horse?
Don’t worry about your plastic surgeon offering you Nithya if you’re in the U.S. The product does not have FDA approval in the states.