Botox might be good for relaxing your muscles to smoothen wrinkles, but who would have thought it would be linked to fighting depression?
Researchers from the University of Texas conducted a study that investigated a theory that Botox injected into the face eased depression.
The study tried to test four theories for why this could be the case. They investigated whether looking younger made people feel better, less frowning led to more positive social interactions with others, whether less use of frown muscles sends signals to the brain to be happier and if botox injections could possibly make their way to the brain.
All four of these theories were disproved. But interestingly, they still found that nine out of ten participants saw reductions in symptoms of depression when treated with Botox.
Scientists are now investigating what the possible cause could be, so it seems that Botox could actually have some positive effects. Pretty interesting!