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Botox can alleviate depression!

October 31, 2017

Studies show that having an aesthetic intervention (surgical or non-surgical) can improve your self-esteem. Even more, it may enhance your first impression you impart on others, whether it be on a job interview, or at the grocery store.  Specifically, double-blinded clinical trials have shown that Botox or Dysport rivals mainstream antidepressant medication in its ability to improve one’s mood.   Wow!!  That is something I can get behind.  So how exactly might this work?  One hypothesis is the facial feedback loop: if we are physically unable to frown, then we may be less likely to feel sadness. 


But don’t worry: if you are not ready to go under the knife (or under the needle), buying new makeup or hair products may also give you a boost as well.  So go ahead and treat yourself!




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