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Depression and Botox: Are the Injections a Cure for Wrinkles and Mood Disorders?

Botox is a widely sought after cosmetic injection that is primarily meant to get rid of wrinkles in aging faces. But, unknown to most people, Botox has other startling advantages. According to recent findings by researchers, after years of studies, facial Botox treatments have the ability of relieving depression.

The phenomenon behind this possibility is referred to as the facial feedback hypothesis. In simple terms, this implies that there could be a strong rather than superficial or one-way correlation between our facial expressions and emotions. Despite the fact that we feel an emotion first before it is manifested on the face, there is a possibility that this may happen the other way round. For instance, whenever you smile to conceal anger, anxiety or tension during an awkward or difficult social situation, you will most likely feel happier as a result. Similarly, if you scowl or smirk to ward of strangers on the street or any other social setting, you will end up feeling irritable or sullen.

Thus, as people get older, wrinkles start to show on their faces and the skin sags, these physical changes can trigger negative psychological outcomes. Botox treatments – aimed at tightening and making the skin smoother – can go a long way in setting a depression patient on a path to recovery by providing facial feedback that their mental state ought to match the happier state of their facial expressions. Nonetheless, it is important to note that Botox treatments alone cannot cure depression – they are just a potentially valuable addition to the present-day medicine and therapy.

Botox may now be taken more seriously in the coming days since its medical uses are considerably beneficial. Take the example of my grandmother, who, a few years ago, had Botox injections to her vocal cords as a treatment for her warbling speech disorder. At first, she was scared of thought that relatives and friends would think she undertook the procedure for cosmetic purposes. Luckily, since the typical Botox treatment is increasingly growing in popularity every day, thanks to the widespread commercial support, other hidden benefits have been discovered.

So if you are suffering from depression, consult a mental health specialist and not your dermatologist. Nonetheless, you could still become healthier knowing that acting happier can actually mean feeling happier.

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  1. Would a dermatologist or plastic surgeon be willing to bill the insurance for Botox “ for depression “ ? How to get insurance to pay? I feel less depressed when my wrinkles are gone!

    • I wish! I have osteoarthritis in my jaw, and have heard that Botox is excellent for pain in that area. My plastic surgeon said that my insurance wouldn’t cover it though. 🙁

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