Botox gegen depression
Their research, recently published in the found that injecting ‘botox’ into the muscles most linked with low mood, produces alleviation of depression.It pulls the skin between the eyebrows down, so it’s associated with transverse forehead lines and is usually targeted during treatment or correction of wrinkles.Injection of botulinum toxin to the Glabellar region (just above the nose and between the eyes) is part of one of the most common procedures in aesthetic medicine, as the toxin inhibits the activity of the Corrugator and Procerus muscles in that region. Might it be that looking sad contributes to low mood?The study, "Facing depression with botulinum toxin: A randomized controlled trial," involved patients who had not previously benefited from standard anti-depressant prescription medication.The Corrugator Supercilii is a narrow muscle at the corner of the eyebrow near the nose, and is responsible for pulling the eyebrows downward and towards the nose, producing vertical wrinkles of the forehead.This effect is used in the cosmetic treatment of ‘frown lines.’ The obvious objection to a study which finds that ‘botox’ cheers you up is that it’s the aesthetic impact, or the ‘face lift.’ which is also lifting mood.The ‘Omega Sign’ was even believed to be diagnostic of a depressive disorder. How often have we intuitively felt that if someone just tried to look happier, it might have a positive impact on their mood?This 'frowning' muscle and could be regarded as key in expressing distress.In Wollmera, Krugerb and colleagues’ clinical trial botulinum toxin was injected just once into a specific part of the face in 15 patients, while another 15 were injected with placebo salt water.Since the Victorian era ‘the omega sign’ of depression, or omega melancholicum was well known, being the facial expression where wrinkling of the skin above the nose and between the eyebrows resembles the Greek letter omega.
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