Botox is supposed to keep women looking young and devoid of the upset that comes with age, allowing them to finally feel feelings without looking like they're feeling them. But bad news: Not only does the 'tox render faces immobile, but it might also reverse all of those expensive and mildly arduous private Pilates classes. Researchers have just discovered that Botox could cause muscle to turn to fat in parts of the body not injected.
Canadian researchers studied the effects of the substance, known amongst in the medical profession as Botulinum toxin A, on a group of 18 rabbits over a period of up to six months.
Their study, published in the Journal of Biomechanics, found that limbs which had been injected with the substance experienced muscle wastage of up to 50 per cent.
But alarmingly they also discovered that muscle loss also occurred in limbs that hadn't been injected - suggesting the harmful effects of the jab could be spread to other parts of the body.
Scientists have known that Botox, which works by paralyzing muscles in the face, can cause faces to sag as well as muscles to weaken, but this is the first time research points to the stuff causing sagging in other parts of the body. So essentially, Botox might just end up making us look older. But maybe this is why women who get tons of Botox exhibit such disparity between face skin and skin everywhere else. We always just thought it was the tanning.
Botox 'causes muscles to waste away in to FAT,' scientists warn [Daily Mail UK]