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Can Botox™ Cure Depression?

29th April 2013

Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical anti-ageing treatments. Similar to Juvederm, Botox® involves injecting small, safe doses of botulinum toxin into facial muscles, which paralyses facial muscles to create a smoother appearance of wrinkles and lines.

We are all familiar with the important role that frown muscles/lines play when it comes to expressing negative emotions such as sadness and anger. When a patient has undergone Botox™, it is then physically impossible for the paralysed muscles to form the facial expression necessary to portray these emotions e.g. the forehead cannot be furrowed in frustration, or brows knitted together in worry.

In the 17th Century, British Scientist Charles Darwin claimed that facial muscles are not only responsible for expressing emotion, but also in the experience and perception of it. Limiting the illustration of our feelings can result in limited physical response. Can the paralysis of frowning forehead muscles mean that a negative mood is harder to maintain? Are Botox™ patients more positive than those who have not undergone treatment?

The answer is 'yes'. Studies into this feel good factor have shown that patients treated with Botox™ showed significantly less negative temperament. An individual's state of mind can be improved after Botox™, which seems to trigger much more than a simple confidence boost.

When it comes to Botox™, before and after photos tells us an interesting story. The difference is clear, frown lines and crow's feet will be heavily reduced if not completely eliminated. However, the treatment offered at sk:n will leave a natural (if younger) look rather than a plastic effect. Book a consultation with one of sk:n experts if you're looking for a confidence boost today.

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