Can Botox Injections Keep Me Mentally and Physically Young?

Doctor Answers 8

It can keep you LOOKING young..

Botox will improve your wrinkles and can erase them for most individuals. As a result, it makes you LOOK younger. It does not make you FEEL younger physically. It does have the possibility to make you FEEL mentally young. That can only happen if looking younger makes you feel good.

So, the short answer is that it really depends on the individual.

Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Botox works by paralyzing the underlying muscles which reduces the overlying wrinkles in the skin. It has no direct mental effect. If reducing wrinkles makes you happier and being happier makes you feel younger, then there is an indirect link to helping you feel mentally younger.

David Shafer, MD

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Make you look better - Yes - Botox will do it - More Mentally Young - Naaah, Don't think so...

Botox is NOT a fountain of youth. It will make your active wrinkles smoother thereby making you appear younger. Period. Other than that, it will not rejuvenate your brain synapses, help you lose weight, get you the spouse you always wanted nor win the lottery for you.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Botox can help you appear younger

Botox can definitely help you APPEAR younger but it will not keep you physically younger. Botox can help hide the signs of aging by making wrinkles lesser visible, but it will not halt the physical aging process.

It may help indirectly with your state of mine, but only as it relates to feeling younger because you look younger. If the old saying "when you look good you feel good" holds for you, then you will probably feel better mentally after using Botox.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Botox can only make you LOOK younger.

To Mr. Wrong,

Cosmetic Botox injections can only help you look better and younger.

To keep physically and mentally young, we all need to have a healthy life style.  I recommend the website  for a helpful questionnaire and good suggestions. 

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Everybody Looks Better with A Little Botox

Botox works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles or expression. Like crows feet or frown lines between your brows. It also can be used to soften the shape of your face. For instance it can lift your brows or help correct downturned corners of your mouth. All of these things make you look, and feel younger.

Most people don't realize that Botox also prevents wrinkles from forming. There are two type of wrinkles. Those from expression on others that are there even when your face is totally relaxed. Some of the second type are in the exact place as the muscles of expression. They have formed because the skin has folded and made wrinkles from expression in the same location for years. By treating the expression lines, those permanent wrinkles never form. If you already have the second type of wrinkles, keeping the face relaxed allows your skin to repair itself and the "permanent wrinkles will improve or vanish completely"

Patients tell me every day that Botox makes them feel younger. We all understand that appearance has a big impact on our self esteem and mood.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" ...

Hi Mr. Wrong,

Studies have shown that patients who have Botox injections are less likely to be depressed, and that the injections actually help patients who are depressed.

Botox will not help a patient feel physically or mentally younger, but has been shown to help with depression.

The most popular current treatment that allegedly helps patients feel both mentally and physically younger is natural hormone replacement therapy, a treatment program that has as its goal restoring a patient's hormone levels to the levels of a 20 to 30 year old. Or you can try to find the artist in Oscar Wilde's fictional novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Mr. Wrong, it is a story about what is "wrong" about obsessing on youth.

Be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Mental health derives from physical well-being

You describe the cycle of anti-aging treatments. Treatments to slow or repair the aging process can help the physical components of life. But, the satisfaction derived from looking and feeling well can improve your mental state. This is more than an emotional finding but a physiologic one as well. The better you feel emotionally, the lower your cortisol levels become. Cortisol is an aging hormone that circulates through your body. Reduce stress, sleep more, eat well and cortisol levels are reduced.
"Early to bed, early to rise makes a man/woman, healthy , wealthy , wise and better looking."

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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