Facial expressions and moods are interconnected in powerful ways. Permanent brow furrows and facial lines around the mouth can pull the face down into a perpetually sad or angry expression. Research has found that BOTOX® Cosmetic can treat depression by softening moderate to severe forehead lines and wrinkles, thereby softening your expression and, consequently, improving your mood.
“Your Face Is Going to Freeze Like That”
Do you remember your mom telling you when you were a child that if you didn’t stop making a funny face, your face would freeze like that? There’s an element of truth to the idea that your face can become permanently altered by facial expressions. Repeated facial expressions of anger, sadness, worry, or stress will eventually lead to facial lines and wrinkles. The muscle movements that cause these lines and wrinkles send signals to your brain that you actually feel sad, depressed, or stressed, and your brain sends return signals to reinforce the facial expressions and, therefore, the mood.
Children as Examples of Facial Expressions and Mood
Children who are grumpy often frown, furrow their brows, and pinch their lips together, which only seems to make them grumpier. One of the best ways to help a child get out of a grumpy mood is to get him or her to smile. Tickling, making a funny face, or giving a treat can coax a smile. That smile may take a moment to appear, but as soon as he or she genuinely smiles, you will witness a noticeable mood change as the grumpiness fades away. That is the power of facial expressions – they can make you grumpier, happier, sadder, angrier, or enhance any other emotion. By relaxing your face and smiling, you can bring yourself out of a negative mood and genuinely feel better. However, if your face has permanent lines that have become etched in over the years, it may be difficult to fully relax your facial muscles. This is where BOTOX® Cosmetic can help.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Can Treat Depression
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a facial injectable that stops specific facial muscles in the upper face from contracting. In doing so, it softens fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, brows, between the brows, and around the eyes. Relaxing these facial muscles sends new positive emotion signals to the brain, which it then reinforces by sending back similar return signals. Scientific studies have found that BOTOX® Cosmetic can effectively treat depression by smoothing facial lines and inhibiting negative facial expressions such as a pinched forehead or furrowed brows.
If you struggle with depression or if your forehead and brow area has moderate to severe wrinkles that cause you to feel stressed, sad, tired, or angry, you may benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins by calling (301) 220-0400 or filling out our online contact form today.