Interesting facts about Botox, hyaluronic acid & Co.

Many anti-aging agents such as Botox or hyaluronic acid have been discovered rather by accident. Namely as a “side effect” of a medical therapy. The most popular methods and what is behind them.

The fat-away injection: Phospholipids from soybeans are actually used to treat elevated cholesterol (usually taken orally). The Brazilian physician Patricia Ritts then injected the active ingredient (trade name: Lipostabil) on a trial basis into fat deposits under the eye, which dissolved. Ritts continued to experiment and eventually used the substance to treat fat deposits on the body.

Vitamin A acid (tretinoin): Actually used as a remedy for acne, it was quickly shown that the substance is also capable of slowing skin aging and repairing photodamage, as it inhibits collagen-degrading enzymes.

Botox – beautiful side effect

Botulinum toxin A: Originally used to treat spasms, in Parkinson’s patients and increased sweating. Since 2004, botulinum toxin A preparations have also been approved in Germany in the fight against expression lines, especially on the forehead and around the eyes.

Hyaluronic acid: Very effective in the therapy of arthrosis and incontinence. It was only later, through a significantly rejuvenated knee after an osteoarthritis injection with hyaluronic acid, that it was discovered that the substance would also be wonderfully suitable as a wrinkle filler.

Photodynamic therapy: Until now, skin cancer patients were treated with this mix of an ointment and light. Advantage of the therapy over other radiation or chemotherapy: It attacks only damaged, degenerated cells. Scientists noticed that the skin also rejuvenated significantly. Today, this therapy is also used as an anti-aging method, as it eliminates only sun-damaged cells and leaves healthy skin healed.

SkinNova SC Technology: From a skin renewal treatment for burn victims to an ultra-tolerant face cream that has recently been said to even activate skin stem cells thanks to a second technology.

Propecia (finasteride): Originally used to treat enlarged prostate, now used for hereditary hair loss in men.

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