New research suggests Botox can help alleviate depression. Botox has many more benefits than just reducing wrinkles. The cosmetic product is also used to help with tremors, migraines, and overactive sweating.
A recent study was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, which explained the concept behind emotional proprioception. “When you inject the frown lines with Botox or another neuromodulator such as Xeomin or Dysport, it also blocks the brain’s trigeminal nerve, which is what gives us the ability to frown and also tells the brain that we are sad.” Therefore, blocking the brain’s ability to frown seems to be having a knock-on effect on feeling happier. This, coupled with looking good can have powerful effects.
Although the research is in the early stages, the results so far seem very encouraging. Studies are also suggesting that Botox may help to combat depression without the patient experiencing as many side effects as antidepressants. Researchers are calling the findings fascinating, and it is certainly a step in the right direction as far as treating depression is concerned.