…But can it make you feel better?
With annual sales north of a billion dollars, the makers of Botox must be doing something right. I personally inject Botox to the 11 lines, forehead, and crows feet about 5 to 10 times weekly, and it is highly effective in reducing dynamic wrinkles in these areas.
There is now significant research to indicate that botulinum toxins (Botox and Dysport) may also be effective in treating over half of patients with moderate to severe depression. As reported by Scientific American, The New York Times, and Clinical Psychiatry News, many patients receiving Botox report improvement in their mood. Why? People convey depression, anger, and fear by facial expression. When Botox impairs their ability to look angry or sad, they look better—not only in the mirror but also to those around them—making them feel more confident, youthful, and attractive.
Though it has not yet been studied, many physicians also believe that injection of facial fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, has similar positive effects on emotional well-being.
To the adage “you only look as good as you feel,” we must now add the converse: “you only feel as good as you look.”
|Botox injection to the 11’s|
|Botox injection to the forehead|
|Botox injection to the crow’s feet|
Ronald M. Friedman, M.D.
Director, West Plano Plastic Surgery Center
Former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas