Botox for a Happiness Boost? New Study Says Yes

Beautiful, happy woman in black hat on beachExpertly administered Botox injections have proven to provide a myriad of benefits, most notably a smoother, tighter, younger look but also alleviation of headaches and excessive perspiration. Now, research shows that this immensely popular cosmetic treatment may also offer a happiness boost.

Authored by prominent psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, and Maryland dermatologic surgeon Eric Finzi, MD, PhD, the study shows Botox injections may help alleviate symptoms of depression. The notion is a particularly promising one Botox lacks many of the side effects commonly associated with conventional antidepressant medications, such as weight gain, insomnia and loss of libido.

The concept is dubbed “emotional proprioception” and is based on Botox’s classification as a neuromodulator. In neuromodulation, “the muscles of facial expression play a central role in encoding and transmitting information to the brain’s emotional circuitry, and describe its underlying neuroanatomy,” Rosenthal and Finzi write.

When Botox is injected into the frown lines (those that form an “11″ between the eyebrows), it blocks the brain’s trigeminal nerve. It’s that particular nerve that gives us the ability to frown and tells the brain that we’re sad. Essentially, it tricks the brain into a positive mood boost by assuring that the message of sadness never gets delivered.

“We suggest that Botulinum toxin type A may be considered a potential Rx for depression,” Rosenthal and Finzi write. “As more data accumulate, we will learn when and how best to deploy this new tool.”

Though use of Botox for alleviation of depression is in early investigative stages and currently off-label, researchers say results of the study show significant improvement in depressive symptoms. That said, we here at Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery frequently see anecdotal signs of Botox-induced mood boosts in our patients – and with good reason. Botox’s ability to diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines, affording patients a smoother, healthier and more youthful look, is a proven confidence builder. And when you’re confident that you look better, you inevitably feel better, too.

Learn more about how Botox can benefit you by calling 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.

More 20-Somethings Dodging Aging with Botox Even Before Wrinkles Form

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Most think of Botox as the go-go solution to minimize or even get rid of existing wrinkles. But a growing demographic of skincare clients are opting for the procedure long before wrinkles are due to appear. According to research from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a 41 per cent increase in Botox treatments in the 19-to-34 age group from 2011 to 2015.

Figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a similar organization, back that claim. ASPS statistics show that last year, 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed. Among them, some 100,000 were performed on patients in their 20s. Yet another organization, the America Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, confirms that 64 percent of plastic surgeons nationwide report an increase in patients younger than 30 requesting Botox and other aesthetic procedures last year.

“We are seeing a younger demographic than ever before seeking consultations and treatments with facial plastic surgeons all over the country,” AAFPRS President Dr. Edwin Williams, II said in a press release. “The prevalence of non-invasive procedures like lasers, peels and injections are making it even more appealing for young people to dip their toe in to aesthetic enhancements before aging is even a concern.”

Botox works by relaxing the muscles used in making facial expressions, smoothing out the lines that form over years of repetitive muscle contraction. Recent research suggests that over time, Botox can help the body not only heal existing wrinkles, but also help prevent the formation of future wrinkles. One study followed a pair of twin sisters over a period of 13 years, one of whom underwent Botox treatment three times a year while the other received injections just once a year. As you might suspect, the sister who received more injections had noticeably fewer and less defined facial lines and crow’s feet at the end of the study.

Why wait until the signs of aging already mark your face? You can easily and affordably battle aging head-on with smaller injections earlier or on, assuring that your look will always be smooth, healthy and youthful. Call Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery today to find out if Botox is right for you. Reach us at 904-396-1186.

Three Ways to Glam Up Your Look for the Holidays

Beautiful woman in black dress with glass of champagne

September is a great time to begin gearing up for the holiday season. If you’re already planning party menus, picking out Halloween costumes and shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, you’re ahead of the game. Just make sure that your look is ready, too.

Here are three top ways to glam up your look for the holiday season:

  • A chemical peel: A customized chemical peel can help clear away the signs of sun damage built up over the summer by removing the damaged outer layers of skin and leaving you with a smoother, tighter, more polished complexion. Formulas can be tailored for your particular skin condition and are highly effective for treating acne, wrinkles, freckles, age spots, liver spots and scars. Depending upon the strength of the chemical peel formula you choose downtime may be minimal.
  • Microdermabrasion: Another non-invasive way to get a more polished look is microdermabrasion. Your skincare specialist will use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing its thicker, uneven outer layer and revealing newer, younger skin. It’s a top solution for treating light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and even stretch marks. It also helps to boost the body’s natural production of collagen, the protein that helps keep skin firm, smooth and youthful.
  • Botox or dermal fillers: Injectables like Botox, which helps to relax overactive facial muscles, and dermal fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm and Restylane are among the quickest and most effective ways to smooth wrinkles, plump hollows, erase under-eye circles and minimize the appearance of scars.

Ready to vamp up your holiday look? Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation at Parkway Plastic Surgery.