When Botox Does More Than Flatter—A Startling Revelation About Botox for Depression
While Botox has taken storm across the country as a safe method for many people to treat the natural occurrence of unwanted wrinkles and frown lines, some studies reveal that Botox may be able to improve yet another human flaw—depression. In an article entitled Botox for Depression? You’ve Got to be Kidding, by Dr. Norman Rosenthal, Author, Psychiatrist, and Scientist, he describes a study that he and Dr. Eric Finzi engaged in that revealed some interesting results.
Dr. Rosenthal, who specializes in seasonal affective disorder (SAD), had previously written a book about the science of emotion, where he discussed some sensory discoveries. “Among the sensory nerves that influence our mood are those that pass directly through the skull and into the brain.” He went on to say that exposure to light and sensations of smell stimulate brain-based nerves and lift moods. He believes that because frowning also sends signals to the brain, it made sense to him that blocking this signal could improve depression.
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To further support his findings, several facts turned up in Dr. Finzi’s readings of Charles Darwin and psychiatrist William James. These famous men had both alluded to the fact that bodily cues have an effect on human emotions. “Darwin called the frown muscles between the eyebrows ‘the grief muscles,’ and suggested that they were not just a reflection of sorrow, but also fueled it.”
In two separate studies by Drs. Rosenthal and Finzi, published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in 2014, depressed individuals reacted favorably to Botox in randomized controlled trials. Ultimately, the doctors concluded that Botox could aid in the treatment of depression in some patients. As well, there have been an number of other similar studies in which the observers have concluded the same.
While there are some downsides in the use of Botox for the treatment of depression, doctors are excited to see this procedure added to the list of potential aids. The costs in a repeatable treatment can add up, but the outcomes can be exciting for patients who seek facial refinement and/or suffer from depression.
Minimally invasive Botox procedures were performed on more than six million people in 2014, making up more than half of the procedures in this class. Whether people suffer from laugh and frown lines, facial creases, or crow’s feet, Botox has been proven to flatter the skin in many patients. To also find potential relief for the common occurrence of depression is an amazing discovery. It is a new day for cosmetic remedies, when facial expressions do in fact affect the way we feel. At Aventura Plastic Surgery, we believe in providing the best services for the most delicate procedures, taking extreme care with every patient, every day.