Botox lifts your mood

March 13, 2009

Some more good news about Botox! We found this in Aesthetic Medicine Magazine

Botox cosmetic injections for frown lines and wrinkles can alleviate depression, according to a new study by Michael Lewis PhD, School of Psychology, Cardiff University and Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Court House Clinic, London.

Published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and presented at the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors annual conference, the new research suggested that relaxation of the corrugator (frown) muscles leads to less facial feedback for negative emotions. The authors asserted that the impact of this means a negative mood is harder to maintain and so the individual has a more positive mood.

Localised facial muscular paralysis is a consequence of the use of botulinum toxin type A (e.g. Botox or Dysport) for cosmetic dermatology. As well as being responsible for frown lines, the frown muscles – often treated with botulinum toxin – are universally important in the expression of negative emotions including sadness, fear, anger and distress.

The relaxation of these muscles means that the ability to form facial expressions of these emotions is reduced. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that people who have received Botox treatments for frown lines are rated as showing less negative facial expressions. The facial feedback effect suggests that the paralysis of muscles associated with negative emotions may have effects beyond the outward appearance of emotion.

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