Does BOTOX Reduce Anxiety?
BOTOX is very well known as an effective treatment for wrinkles and frown lines. In the last year, a study was done that points to the fact that BOTOX may, in fact, reduce anxiety. This 2021 study from the journal Scientific Reports collected data from nearly 40,000 people. Researchers were looking for positive side effects in the drug. They found that people who had BOTOX injections at four different sites reported less anxiety than patients undergoing different treatments.
This article from the University of California San Diego discussed the study:
Ruben Abagyan, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy at Skaggs School of Pharmacy…and his team scoured the database for the absence or reduced frequency of anxiety and anxiety-related disorders as a health complaint compared to a control group when taking Botox. Then the team applied a mathematical algorithm to look for statistically significant differences between Botox users and patients who received different treatments for the same conditions.
What they found was that the reported anxiety risk was 22 to 72 percent lower in Botox-treated patients for four of eight conditions and injection sites: facial muscles for cosmetic use; facial and head muscles for migraine; upper and lower limbs for spasm and spasticity; and neck muscles for torticollis.
More Research Is Needed To Understand How BOTOX Reduces Anxiety
While it appears that BOTOX can help reduce anxiety, these studies are still in the early stages. As Dr. Abagyan stated:
More research is needed to determine the mechanism by which Botox reduces anxiety…clinical trials will be necessary to work out the best site and dose to administer the medication specifically for anxiety.
Other Less-Commonly Known Positive Effects of BOTOX
Aside from the rejuvenating effects of BOTOX, this unique injectable treatment can also achieve a number of other positive effects. These include the following:
Excessive Sweating, Called Hyperhidrosis
BOTOX blocks the nerves that activate the sweat glands in specific areas to successfully correct excessive sweating.
BOTOX can reduce migraine occurrence in about 70% of patients by blocking chemicals that carry pain signals from your brain to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
BOTOX injections relax the muscles above the upper lip to unfurl and widen the upper lip, achieving an appealing, natural-looking upper lip and smile.
Teeth grinding, or TMJ (temporomandibular jaw disorder), is caused by clenching muscles. BOTOX can be injected around the head and jaw to relieve muscle tension and resolve TMJ.
BOTOX relaxes the top lip to help it cover more of your gums when you smile. This treatment achieves a more attractive, youthful-looking smile that shows off your teeth instead of baring your upper gums.
BOTOX at Flawless Skin by Abby
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