Botox: Treats Wrinkles... And Depression?
New Study Proves It Can Help When Other Methods Fail
Good news, Botox fans. Not only will a few well-placed injections make you look younger on the outside, there's new evidence they'll make you feel better on the inside. According to a new report in Scientific American, a recent study has proven botulinum toxin, a.k.a. Botox, can decrease signs of clinical depression.
Participants in the study received a single dose of Botox, which amounts to roughly five injections. The control group, however, received a placebo that did nothing. After six weeks, symptoms of depression in the treated group decreased by a whopping 47 percent. That's almost half!
The placebo group, however, reported only a nine percent reduction.
Does that mean looking more attractive leads to happier, less-depressed feelings or is there something in the Botox that triggers a chemical reaction that makes us feel good? M. Axel Wollmer, one of the psychiatrists involved in the study says that the Botox appears to "interrupt feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions."
Given the surprising results of the study, more testing is sure to follow. But in the meantime, don't feel guilty about booking yourself an appointment with your local dermatologist. It's for your health, after all!