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Botox Makes You Fat

Updated on December 6, 2010

Botox is so in right now. There doesn't seem to be any real reason why having a powerful neurotoxin injected into your face in order to paralyze your muscles would be a bad thing. Indeed, if I can possibly help it, I like to spend my days leaping in and out of neurotoxic baths. Because I'm a bad ass. A bad ass with no wrinkles who will live forever.

But apparently there are some downsides to injecting pure poison into your body, and ironically it is one of the cruelest consequences for people who are willing to sacrifice their health for their beauty – Botox might make you flabby. And when I say flabby, I mean fat. Fat in all the wrong places. Not the healthy places, the curvy places, the places that nature always intended to have pretty fat deposits – but the places where fat has no place being at all.

But perhaps the title is somewhat misleading? Flab, is, after all, not quite the same thing as fat. Except in this case, where muscle tissue injected with Botox is apparently turning to fat. This is according to scientists, Canadian scientists, the most trustworthy of all the scientists.

The Daily Mail, a paragon of British journalism reported thusly: 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.

Muscle wasting is nothing to sneeze at (indeed, it might make sneezing all the harder to handle.) Research has shown that muscles injected with Botox show signs of wastage up to 50% - and the negative effects don't stop there. The muscle wasting effects can also be seen throughout the body, so potentially, those injections you got to ensure that your forehead will never age could make your butt sag. Oh the humanity!

Of course, if you're worried about more than mere cosmetic consequences to Botox, there is also the fact to consider that having muscles wasting throughout your body probably isn't a great thing. The heart, after all, is a muscle – and probably not the sort of muscle you want turning to fat.

So, the choice is yours – wasted muscles or wrinkles? Can you handle the natural biological consequences of being a human being? Or will you tear your body apart in a bid to look forever young?


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