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BAAPS response to new study: Botox effects on brain

London, UK - 4 April 2008 - On 1 April the Journal of Neuroscience published a study stating that Botox can allegedly move from the original injection site into the central nervous system. The results are based on animal research, in which researchers injected Botulinum Toxin into the whisker muscles of rats.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (, the not-for-profit organisation established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit, welcomes new research, as patient safety is always their number one concern. Botox has been widely tested over the past two decades and has an excellent safety record.

Douglas McGeorge, President of BAAPS and consultant plastic surgeons, states;

"Since its FDA-approval for multiple neurological uses in 1989, Botox has been used millions of times. But patients must understand that injectables are pharmaceutical products and must be administered by trained, qualified clinicians. Although these treatments are normally safe, the patient should always understand the risks and benefits associated with the procedure so an informed decision can be made."

Any injectable should be administered in an appropriate setting and administered by a properly trained professional- homes are not an appropriate medical environment and can be unsanitary.

Douglas adds;

"Know what you are being injected with. Patients being injected with unapproved substances may be a growing phenomenon, so make sure you're seen by a reputable clinician who will use the correct product. If you have any doubts at all, seek a second opinion."

To find a qualified practitioner in your area, please visit or call 020 7405 2234.


The BAAPS (, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the website, or by contacting their office at 020 7430 1840. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information. BAAPS is also on Twitter:   and Facebook:

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