The concern about Botox’s effect on the brain is something that should not be ignored. Though there has emerged findings indicating that Botox can affect the brain in mice, it is worth noting that there is very little that can be said or confirmed about this study by the University of Zurich.
If you are one of those who swears by the ability of Botox to smooth out your wrinkled forehead and crow's feet, then you must be asking yourself what effects does Botox have on the brain? Though it is a new study, we cannot ignore the results. It is wise to examine the whole subject holistically based on evidence.
First of all, it is best to start by understanding exactly what Botox is. Botox also known as Botulinum Toxin - A is considered as one of the most lethal poisons in the world. It is simply a neurotoxin that is produced by bacterium Clostridium which is a spore that usually originates from plants, soil, water, and animals. Botulism is lethal in the extent that it paralyzes muscles by way of inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, which is the main neurotransmitter at the nerve–muscle junction. These facts alone make the case regarding the effects of Botox on the brain a much more serious one.
Ideally, Botox travels through the nervous system in tiny amounts, which is also a great concern. The research, which was published in an article in the Journal of Neuroscience, leaves a lot of questions to be answered in regards to the effects as none seem to have been found…yet. Before moving forward it is good to understand that the formulation of Botox used in the studies differs from the one manufactured by Allergan since it was formulated in the lab leaving more questions.
Its main effect is that Botox will eventually weaken the muscle by inhibiting a chemical that triggers muscles to stop working properly. Therefore, given that the brain does not have muscles, this is evidence that the claims of brain effect are baseless. However, does this mean that this is enough to say that the claims should be ignored? Definitely not, in fact it raises a lot of questions, which need clear answers. The traces of Botox on the rats’ brains calls for more studies to be conducted on the subject, for the purpose of validating and clarifying the findings by the University of Zurich.
Undoubtedly, more needs need to be conducted on the subject given that Botox has been given a clean bill when it comes to use at clinics the like of Therapie. Studies, so far, have indicated that Botox is safe for human use and there are little side effects that have been recorded in regards to its use. When all is said and done, it is evident that when Botox is used in the correct doses it does in fact appear to be safe.
This is based on successful trials and studies conducted all over the world. Therefore, as a Botox user you have very little to worry about as long as you use a certified physician to administer it in the correct manner. Since studies are still ongoing due to the large interest from the public, it is perhaps best that we wait and see what will arise from the studies. For now, the lack of side effects ever recorded seems to indicate that it is safe enough for use.