Monday, May 22, 2006

A lift for faces -- and moods?

Some Interesting News..."

The LA Times, by Susan Brink
May 22, 2006

Inspired by age-old literary wisdom, countless song lyrics and the 1872 musings of Charles Darwin, a very 2006 theory to treat depression has emerged. Why not turn that frown upside down — with a shot of Botox? By preventing the physical act of frowning, the muscle-paralyzing toxin just might ease depression.

A small-scale pilot trial, published in the May 15 journal Dermatologic Surgery, found that Botox injected into frown lines around the mouth or in forehead furrows of 10 women eliminated depression symptoms in nine of them and reduced symptoms in the 10th.

Source: A lift for faces -- and moods?

I wonder if a facelift has the same effect. I suppose not because it doesn't leave you incapable of frowning.

I wonder how long the therapeutic psychological benefits of Botox would have to be proven before insurance companies would pay for regular treatments.

Neither Botox nor plastic surgery is in the budget, so I will use my wrinkle cream and try to think positively. :D


LittleOne said...

Does wrinkle cream really work? I've tried it a few times and didn't see a difference. Maybe we're left with just thinking positively.

Penguin Trauma said...

Hmmmmm, botox and facelifts seem to leave people with "frozen" faces, incapable of ANY expression, let alone frowning.

It just looks too scary, like a freaky mask thing.

I would like to let the laughter lines form round my eyes - it would be proof that I found most of life highly amusing :-)

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