A recent article in the New York Times suggests that Botox injections can ease depression in some patients.  According to the NYT article, “New research suggests that it is possible to treat depression by paralyzing key facial muscles with Botox, which prevents patients from frowning and having unhappy-looking face.” The studies claim that “Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who got Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who received the saline placebo.”

Does Botox Ease Depression in Tampa Patients?

The idea behind the story is that Botox can temporarily freeze the facial muscles that make it more difficult to frown and that Woman at Beach Jumping with Balloonspatients that cannot frown are likely to be happier as a result.  The assertion is that just the act of making a happy face makes some people feel less depressed.  It is along the lines of the “fake it til you make it” argument which supposes that if you act more cheerfully, you will be more cheerful.  The concept is very interesting but is there any true to these theories?

According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, “there have been similar studies done over the past few years that suggest that Botox can help to ease depression by making it harder to frown or scowl. However, we make no such claims to our Tampa cosmetic surgery patients that Botox or any other procedure will be a treatment for depression.  Our goal is to help our patient to look better by providing minimally invasive procedures that allow them achieve a naturally younger appearance.”

Primary Uses for Botox in Tampa

Botox is used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles in the face and works by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscles that create the facial lines.  An injection of Botox can reduce wrinkles around the eyes, minimize lines in the forehead and lessen the appearance of frown lines.  The results of an injection will usually last for about three to six months before another treatment is necessary to reduce the facial wrinkles once again.  Botox is generally considered to be safe when administered by a well-trained and highly qualified professional supervised by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.  It should only be administered in an accredited medical facility for upmost safety and best results.  In most cases, the rare complications or overdone effects are generally caused by a Botox injection done by an inexperienced person such as at a party or spa rather than in a doctor’s office.

Are Tampa Botox Patients Happier?

Dr. Dominic says that while his patients are usually very pleased with their results, he will not make any guesses as to their state of mind following a cosmetic Botox injection.  “It seems that people who are more confident in their appearance would be happier overall.  But if the dose of Botox is so high that it prevents frowning entirely, then in my opinion, the dose is too high.  Our focus is on reducing facial lines in a way that allows the patient to look natural and to have a full range of expressions.  Administered correctly, a Botox injection should not restrict the facial muscles to a point that forces a permanent smile.”  He added that he will leave the treatment of depression to professionals trained in that field.

If you are interested in learning how Botox can treat your facial wrinkles (not depression), feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (813) 975-3223.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa.   Dr. Dominic Castellano is a highly respected and experienced plastic surgeon.  He is double board-certified and is devoted to the art of facial plastic surgery.

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