May 15, 2013 – Looking our best certainly can make us feel better about ourselves and improve our self-confidence. Some of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures involve facial rejuvenation, with Botox at the top of the minimally-invasive list. But could Botox injections, and the wrinkle reduction they achieve, actually make you a happier person? The answer is a guarded yes, at least according to some researchers.

A study conducted by medical researchers at the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Maryland was presented at the yearly meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and highlighted in a recent American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) newsletter article. The study followed 84 people who had been diagnosed with severe depression for two years. These people hadn’t been helped by antidepressants. They were divided into two groups. One group was given Botox injections while the other only received placebo injections.

After assessment in three to six weeks, over 25% of those who had Botox experienced almost total remissions of their depression, according to the article. Just 7% of those who received the placebo injections had a remission of their depression.

So what’s the connection? The article and study theorize that breaking the connection between frown muscles and feeling sad, angry or depressed may help us from actually feeling those emotions. Maybe there is something to the old saying of “put on a happy face.”

Of course Botox isn’t an officially approved treatment for depression and this new study needs more research to back it up. But maybe, just maybe there is a connection between not being able to frown and not being able to stay angry or depressed.

One thing is for certain though, and that’s the fact that you should always only allow a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to perform Botox injections. A botched Botox procedure could really give you something to frown about!

[tags]Botox, Cosmetic Surgery, Depression[/tags]