There is something known in science as the ‘facial feedback hypothesis’. First conceived by Charles Darwin, it suggests that something as simple as our facial expressions can impact the way we feel. For example, there’s an idea that if you made yourself smile, your brain would interpret that as something associated with being happy, and therefore make you feel happier. Try it for yourself right now. Did you notice even a subtle change?
While interesting in and of itself, this idea may not seem to have much to do with Botox and cosmetic surgery. But recently, some leading experts are starting to suggest that Botox could have a similar impact on your mood.
We all know how Botox can help restore your physical appearance by softening wrinkles. The confidence you gain from this could be enough to make most of us feel better about ourselves, and maybe even happier. When you stop worrying about your appearance and feel more confident in your own skin, it naturally translates into an overall better mood. We like to feel beautiful and confident. Botox helps us achieve this.
The Journal of Psychiatric Research has published several studies which conclude that botox is a viable way to treat depression. Perceived physical improvement can cause changes in neurology, meaning that Botox treatments make people feel better. According to one study, over half of depressed subjects had major mood improvements after using Botox to smooth wrinkles and relax their facial muscles.
Regardless of your feelings about Botox, it’s clear that your face can play a huge part in dictating your mindset. As always, it’s best to consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment. Schedule your next appointment with our office today to discuss all the potential benefits of Botox treatments.