According to a paper published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, a small study conducted by Dr. Eric Finzi found nine of 10 depressed patients recovered from their depressive symptoms after getting Botox cosmetic injections between the eyebrows, nearly twice the success rate of anti-depressants. Finzi has since expanded his study to 15 patients.
Finzi was testing the theory that Botox makes you stop frowning, which directly relieves your depression as feedback from facial muscles regulates the brain.
"The 14 of 15 actually went from being depressed to no longer being depressed," said Finzi, a medical director and president of Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Chevy Chase, Md., and Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Greenbelt, Md.
The effects of Botox cosmetic injections on depression must be investigated in a much larger study before any conclusions about a link can be established, but a growing body of work suggests that changing expressions can influence mood. People asked to smile while watching a cartoon, for instance, report it is funnier than people who are not asked to smile.
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