Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002 on the basis that it did not harm other parts of the body, though escalating evidence since the FDA’s approval has suggested this is not the case! A new groundbreaking study has shown that the toxins in Botox do not stay in just one place and can actually spread elsewhere.
Botulinum toxin (BTX) is the toxin found in Botox. Originating from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, an infection from this Bacterium can lead to botulism, a potentially fatal disease. A recent study at the University of Wisconsin Madison has shown that BTX can indeed spread further away from the targeted area, though it is “unknown how far they [the toxins] travel, which likely depends on the dose of toxin and other factors” explains the lead author Edwin Chapman, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Chapman’s study on mice showed that the toxin spread from the initial site to nerve cells that had not received the Harmful BTX (Botox) toxin. Further research is clearly needed in order to make Botox stay in the desired area and not spread. The long term health issues are little known due to the short time that we as humans have been using the product.
Botox is considered a ‘non-invasive anti-wrinkle treatment‘ even though it is partially invasive, this is mainly due to the speed of treatment and little down time however, the effects only last a few months before they need to be topped up again. And we all know the effect overusing or miss-use of Botox can have…
If you are considering Botox, or are currently a user, you need to decide if Botox is worth the risk. There are plenty of other non-invasive skin tightening treatments that can be used instead to fight wrinkles; from ultrasound therapy, to radio frequency anti-wrinkle treatments, there are plenty of safer alternatives.