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15.03.2017 | main topic | Sonderheft 1/2017

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 1/2017

The history of Botulinum toxin: from poison to beauty

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Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift > Sonderheft 1/2017
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MD, PhD Katlein França, Anagha Kumar, Massimo Fioranelli, Torello Lotti, Michael Tirant, Maria Grazia Roccia

Summary

Botulinum toxin, also called the “miracle toxin,” is a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is known to block nerve signals that contract muscles resulting in a temporary paralysis of the muscles. Toxins type A and B have been extensively studied and utilized in the realm of beauty and cosmetology. Initially, the toxin gained popularity as a disease-causing “poison”. It was only later that it found its way to becoming a must have in modern aesthetic practice. Today, this wonder toxin has proven to be an apt and convenient option in the field of anti-aging medicine.

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