Giving botox a safer facelift: Structures of botulinum neurotoxins studiedPosted by Top100PlasticSurgeons in Latest news, Skin care, on 16. October 2014
Giving botox a safer facelift: Structures of botulinum neurotoxins studied
With the advancement of technology and medical science, scientists have come with new innovative techniques in cosmetology to delay the signs of aging. These techniques are thoroughly researched for their safety and effectiveness.
In the last few years, BOTOX has become a very popular treatment in plastic surgery. This advanced technique offers a non-invasive facelift measure to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet, thereby making you look younger and gorgeous. Approved by FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, it was ranked as the top non-surgical cosmetic technique in 2012 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Botox has its application in medical field also. The neurotoxin is used in treating various medical conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, laryngeal dystonia, anal fissues and anismus, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction etc. It works by preventing the release of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter that causes contraction of muscle cells), thus preventing the contracting action of muscles. Hence, botulinum neurotoxin reduces abnormal muscle contraction, which in turn leads to stiffness of muscles. Botulinum neurotoxin has been proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic technique , when the dose, frequency of treatment and the conditions for which it is used, are considered.
However, just like any other medical technique, BOTOX treatment comes with minor glitches such as risk of infection due to the bacterium, botulinum. Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, which can be extremely fatal to the body. Recent research has found that if we are able to understand the mode of interaction between these neurotoxins and their receptors, we can formulate inhibitors or specific antibodies that can prevent the binding of neurotoxin with the receptors. This will prevent the interaction of botulinum neurotoxin with the receptor cells and thereby prevent the infection. Further studies in to this can help in making Botox a safer and more effective treatment.
Cosmetic trends have been moving ahead at an alarming rate in the field of cosmetic surgery. New innovations and trends are introduced every year to make you look beautiful and younger. If used properly and considerably, these techniques can be a boon in both cosmetic as well as medical field.