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Botox - The Risks

We learned recently of yet further warnings of serious injury associated with the use of botox for cosmetic purposes.

Research suggests that Botulinum cosmetics products may cause brain damage.  This contradicts earlier findings about using botulinum neurotoxins for cosmetic purposes.

The study by the Italian National Research Council's Institute of Neuroscience, concludes it is not safe to use botulinum products (popularly known by their trade names Botox or Dysport or Xeomin) to get rid of the wrinkles in the face.  These products may cause brain damage because the toxins might be able to travel to the brain.

Worryingly we are told that the researchers injected a botulism product into rat's whisker muscles.  Three days later, they found remnants of a protein broken down by the toxin in part of the brain stem.  Later, signs of the toxin showed up in their brains. They found that it also moved to a part of the brain that controls long-term memory, spatial navigation and eye-head coordination.

It is common knowledge that Botulinum neurotoxin is a poisonous substance.  If inhaled, it would kill a person.  Botulinum toxin causes botulism poisoning, a serious and life-threatening illness in humans and animals.  It works by paralyzing muscles.

We are told that notwithstanding the known poisonous nature of this substance today, botulinum neurotoxin injection is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the world.

Worldwide there has been an increase in lawsuits against manufacturers of botulinum toxins type A products. Many require a warning detailing serious side effects but does this go far enough?

More and more stories are emerging of sufferers of brain injury and other serious side effects arising from the use of botulism injections. Clearly additional research is needed.

Until then, beware.