A new Canadian study may have Botox users attempting to raise a few eyebrows. Led by Rafael Fortuna, a Master’s student at the University of Calgary, the report found that rabbits injected with botulinum toxin A, a.k.a. Botox, experienced muscle weakness in areas other than the injection site.
The results, which will be published in the Journal of Biomechanics, claim that six months after the injections had been given, muscle loss and atrophy were seen in muscles elsewhere in the body.
This is terrible news for pageant queens, many of whom already lack the ability to convey emotion with their faces, and who now also risk losing the strength to wave during parades.
Botox, of course, is most widely known for its cosmetic purposes. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the tiny muscles of the face. However, it’s also used as a therapeutic treatment for cerebral palsy sufferers and stroke victims.
“If I had a child with cerebral palsy, I would absolutely use it if I was convinced by the doctors that, yes, this would be a good treatment application,” Walter Herzog, a professor at the University of Calgary, told reporters. “At the same time, I would never, ever use it as a cosmetic. I would never agree to that. It’s a poison that goes into your body.”
What researchers don’t yet know is whether or not the damage is permanent. They’re now studying to see what happens to the muscles once injections are stopped. We anticipate a universal increase in frowning.
The Vancouver Sun reached out to dermatologist Dr. Alastair Carruthers, who, along with his wife, Dr. Jean Carruthers, pioneered the cosmetic use of Botox. He had this to say: “This study increases our understanding of the adverse effects of Botox when used in an overdose manner in rabbits. It is hard to understand the relationship to treatment in humans.”
Well, let’s hope Jessica Rabbit opts to age gracefully.
via The Calgary Sun