Many people eagerly await the day that a wrinkle cure won’t involve surgery or neurotoxins, and it appears scientists may have brought that day much closer.
Exciting recent findings involve RHAMM (receptor for hyaluronan mediated motility), a protein in the body that plays a part in regulating fat cells. Apparently, blocking or deleting its expression can be manipulated to prompt replacement fat cells where the aging process has caused depletion, while reducing harmful visceral fat.
The result, according to award-winning biologist Mina Bissell, could be “a means of providing a non-surgical approach for normalizing skin appearance after reconstructive surgery, for wrinkle reduction, and for face lifts and figure enhancement.”
The prevention of visceral fat buildup looks promising as a way to not only improve the health of the obese, but to also help shape the body for cosmetic purposes. But perhaps the most exciting option may be its potential as an alternative to denervating injections like Botox and Dysport.
“Unlike neurotoxin agents, which have to be injected periodically, a localized injection of a RHAMM inhibitor should produce long-lasting skin-volumizing effects and would not involve muscle paralysis,” said oncologist Eva Turley, “which means there would be no loss of expression if it were to be injected into the face.”
There’s a lot more research to be done before RHAMM-inhibiting technology is put to cosmetic use, but there’s lots of promise for a beautiful future.
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