A recent study in the USA has revealed that using Botox to combat wrinkles and lines also reduces the symptoms of severe depression in over a quarter of patients.
The ten year long research into the benefits of Botox for the severely depressed found that injecting Botox into your furrows can actually make you feel happier. Through preventing frowning, the toxin is interrupting signals in the brain that indicate that the body is under stress or cannot cope.
According to the research. “the brain registers what the face is doing – it’s like an emotional thermometer. If you’re laughing, the brain will think, oh let’s decrease the stress hormones. With negative feedback such as frowning, it will think more pessimistically.”
Although largely known as a cosmetic treatment, Botox of course has a wide range of medical applications and can be used to treat muscle spasms, can ease migraines and those who suffer from excessive sweating.
The Harley Street Journal. March/April 2014