Dr. Paul L. Leong, MD

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Botox used to Treat Depression

June 5, 2015

pic for blogResearchers have discovered a link between botox injections and elevated mood levels. Facial expressions and the various movements of our face, sends signals to our brain that support and strengthen our emotions. For example, when we are frowning, signals are sent to the brain indicating that we are sad or upset.

Since Botox inhibits the muscle from forming, the signal is reduced or eliminated and a negative emotion is thought to be felt less or not at all. In clinical trials where Botox was injected into frown lines, participants reported feeling considerably better, with an elevate mood. More trials and research needs to be completed before Botox is FDA approved for the treatment of depression.

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