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How Does Botox Affect The Nervous System? (FAQ)

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The botulinum toxin works by invading nerve cells, where it releases an enzyme that prevents muscle contraction. In recent years, scientists have determined that the enzyme binds to specific sites on proteins called SNAREs, which form a complex in the synapse between nerve and muscle cells.

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1Does Botox Paralyze Muscles Or Nerves?

Botox blocks nerve signals to muscles. As a result, injected muscles can’t contract (tense up). These effects are always temporary, but can last for several months. The muscle injected depends on the primary area of concern.

2What Effect Does Botox Have On The Brain??

Could Botox cause any side effects that affect my brain? No, Botox isn’t known to cause side effects that affect or damage the brain. The toxin effects of Botox can sometimes spread from the area where the injections are given,* causing a condition called botulism.

3Does Botox Damage Your Brain?

No, Botox isn’t known to cause side effects that affect or damage the brain. The toxin effects of Botox can sometimes spread from the area where the injections are given,* causing a condition called botulism. This condition involves widespread problems with the way nerves communicate with muscles.

4Can Botox Cause Neurological Issues?

FDA has reported adverse events after BoNT injection affecting nervous system far from initial site of injection such as speech disorder, nystagmus, restless leg syndrome, and even coma. Central nervous system involvement included 23.5% of serious and 24.9% of non-serious events (1).

5Does Botox Cause Dementia?

So the long and short, there is no medical evidence that cosmetic Botox has any affect on the memory.

6Does Botox Affect Mental Health?

In the study, published July 30, 2020 in Scientific Reports , the team discovered that people who received Botox injections — at six different sites, not just in the forehead — reported depression significantly less often than patients undergoing different treatments for the same conditions.