A gel derived from horse tendons is being offered by a top cosmetic clinic to erase fine lines.

The bizarre-sounding treatment may also reduce the appearance of stretch marls and acne scars.

The gel, Nithya, is made by mixing water, a mild anaesthetic and powdered equine collagen – a protein that helps make the skin firmer. Trials suggest it works by stimulating the production of new collagen, which declines naturally with age.

Equine collagen is also safely used in the treatment of skin ulcers and bedsores.

However instead of being left on the surface of the skin, it is now being ‘pushed’ under it with hundreds of tiny jabs.

The treatment, costing £250, lasts for up to a year and is pioneered by Surrey-based Vida Aesthetics.

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