Could Botox Replace Prozac?
You probably already know that Botox is a great solution to virtually wipe away your wrinkles, but what you may not know is that it could also help with your depression. Apparently, when you can’t use the muscles responsible for frowning, you feel less depressed, as one recent study points out.
Swiss researchers at the University of Basel tested this theory on patients who had clinical depression in a recently released study. They gave one group Botox injections, while the other group received a placebo. These patients were unresponsive to traditional antidepressant medications.
At the end of the study, the placebo group only reported a 9 percent reduction in their symptoms of depression. The group that received the real Botox, on the other hand, reported a whopping 47 percent reduction. The study lasted a period of 16 weeks.
While more research is likely needed to determine exactly why this result occurred, the study’s authors believe that the relaxing properties of Botox inhibit the muscles of the face from sending sad feelings to the brain, since they can no longer frown as they once did. While the results are temporary, since Botox’s effects always wear off, this is good news to those suffering from depression that does not respond to medications.
While the use of Botox for depression is still being studied, there’s no denying that a wrinkle-free face can lift your mood. If you are interested in Botox injections to improve your appearance, and possibly your mood too, San Diego’s Laser-Clinique is here to help. Contact P. Alexander Ataii M.D. to learn more about this popular beauty treatment.