Botox, Wrinkle Fighter and Mood Booster?

A. Foley on 2 Oct 2012 at 9:00am

Botox has been touted for its skin smoothing results, but according to the first randomized, controlled study on the effect of botulinum toxin, benefits may include a better mood. The 16-week study appeared in the Journal of Psychiatric Research earlier this year and reported that the face's inability to register emotion post-Botox may help those with treatment resistant depression. 

Participants in the treatment group were given one dose (five injections) of Botox between and just above the eyebrows, whereas the control group was given placebo injections. Symptoms of depression in the treatment group reportedly decreased 47% after six weeks, and remained at that level through the study period. In comparison, the placebo group had a 9% reduction in symptoms. 

M. Axel Wollmer of the University of Basel, who led the study, says that since Botox "interrupts feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions," it may be able to regulate depression. The topic has come up before in RealSelf forums, and one patient - though he acknowledged it is NOT a replacement for medication - claimed it helped his overall state of mind

Considering claims that smile therapy has an effect on overall disposition, it's possible "not frowning" could have similar results. Some people also may simply feel better when they feel they look better, too. However, be warned that the numbness that may come with prohibiting frowns has been a concern for some RealSelf community members.  


Do you think that $425 (average cost) Botox treatments could have the dual benefit of wrinkle smoother and mood enhancer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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