Faces ‘feel’ happier with Botox
Benefits Beyond Depression
People also report feeling and looking younger than their chronological age.
“Patients perceive such an injection as a pick-me-up,” Dr. Lorenc says. “They feel better about themselves. When they look in the mirror, they look well-rested and do not look tired.”
Patients also are no longer perceived as being angry. “I have teachers who I treat that tell me that their students think they are always angry,” Dr. Lorenc says. “But these teachers say they are not really angry, simply that they have prominent glabellar lines.”
Overall, neuromodulators have a positive impact on how patients are perceived by others.
Dr. Lorenc emphasizes, though, that he is not treating patients who are clinically depressed, even though past clinical studies of Botox have shown that patients on antidepressants achieved an overall 61% improvement in depression.
“This a huge improvement compared to placebo, which showed only a 12% improvement,” Dr. Lorenc reports.