Botox could do more than smooth your wrinkles and make you look younger. It may also improve your quality of life and your self-esteem, according to a new study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Steven H. Dayan, a plastic surgeon, conducted the study with 100 patients who were treated with either Botox or a saline placebo for facial wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead and around the eyes.
The participants took a quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction questionnaire before the injections and two weeks and three months after the injections.
The findings revealed that Botox injections result in improvements in quality of life and self-esteem. Those treated with Botox showed statistically significant improvements in answers to quality of life questions pertaining to physical health, mood, household activities, overall life satisfaction, body satisfaction, self-consciousness, intellect, self-worth, appearance, comprehension, weight satisfaction, attractiveness and sense of well-being. Additionally, increases in overall self-esteem and appearance-, social- and performance-related self-esteem were observed in those treated with Botox.
In addition, patients who received Botox for the first time demonstrated a greater improvement in quality of life and self-esteem when compared to participants who had previously received Botox.
“The findings in this study ask us to think much differently about Botox treatments,” says Dr. Dayan. “We have long known the physically enhancing benefits of Botox treatments, but to now have data that indicates Botox also improves one psyche, self-esteem and quality of life is very significant. The question now has to be asked is if getting Botox makes people feel better about themselves, could this translate into them being more productive in their professional lives and happier in their personal lives?”
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