At our Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, we are so excited to share this blog post to the world! Did you know that Botox can have a positive, life-changing impact on your life? In this article, we will examine scientific studies done on Botox as well as real testimonials of Botox users from around the world. You will learn that Botox can do more than remedy your lines + wrinkles, but first let’s get a basic understanding of Botox...
What is Botox?
Botox® is a purified protein derived from the Clostridium Botulnum Toxin (BTX). When injected into the muscle is temporarily blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions thereby erasing or preventing lines and wrinkles.
However, the use of Botox for cosmetic purposes was NOT why Botox was originally approved for. Just like many cosmetic breakthroughs, the erasing and preventing wrinkles was a side-benefit when it was being used for treating migraines, muscle spasms, chronic pain, eyelid tics and excessive sweating. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic purposes and the rest was history! Today, Botox is a $2.9 billion industry and it’s just the beginning! According to Market Place it is estimated that the Botox industry will be worth over $4 billion.
Treating Anxiety + Depression
On a high level, people generally feel better when they noticed a younger, more beautiful self in their reflection. I mean, that’s why people get Botox in the first place and why the industry exploded since 2002. However, let’s go deeper and examine the “Facial Feedback Hypothesis” which was first conceived by Charles Darwin.
Facial Feedback Hypothesis
The Facial Feedback Hypothesis suggests that when you smile for example, your facial muscles play a key role in how your brain evaluate your mood. Vice versa, if you are anxious, angry or unhappy, the Facial Feedback Hypothesis suggests that your brain is taking cue from the expressions on your face to evaluate your current mood. Base on this theory, if a person is unable to frown or activate muscles on the face to express a negative emotion, then that person can’t feel negative emotions as a result, or at least experience the negative emotions on a much lower degree.
Now here comes the really interesting part; what if Botox relaxes the muscles that you use when you are sad, angry or depressed? If the Facial Feedback Hypothesis is accurate, we wouldn’t feel the same negative impact of being sad, angry or depressed, or at least not the same intensity. But is this really true? Are there any scientific backing to this theory? Aesthetic doctor Dr Michael Prager seems to think so. This idea is also scientifically accredited as well by the The Journal of Psychiatric Research in which several studies concluded that “Botox is a viable method for treating depression”.
It is not currently not widely used as an antidepressant, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in your prescription for depression in the very near future.
We talked about the Facial Feedback Hypothesis that has shown in scientific studies that it can be used to treat depression and boost positive emotions. In this part of the article, we will look at how Botox can make you feel when used specifically for cosmetic purposes only (erasing lines and wrinkles).
Looking Younger and More Beautiful
Whether you are looking for a lifelong partner or simply wanted to turn back the years, Botox can do wonders on your appearance. Results can start to be seen within the first 3-4 weeks of having a Botox procedure done.
You have probably heard stories about the beautiful young women who gets away with a speeding ticket or two. Or you may have heard of the handsome man who gets away from more than he should have. According to an article by Psychology Today, first impressions can imprint a powerful set of assumptions on the mind to infer certain characteristics about a person's success, status, parenting, and even a person’s intelligence. This is true EVEN after that person prove that these assumptions are not true.
Your appearance plays a key role in creating that first impression for people in your life. Being young and beautiful definitely has its perks.
Here is a related article we wrote about the “5 Dos and Don’ts of Botox” >>
Immunity to Symptoms of Age
In the age of social media, flocks of millennials are using Botox for the purpose remaining young and beautiful. In the last 5 years, Millennial Botox users alone in the US has increased by 87%. Not only are social media influencers bringing Botox into mainstream culture, celebrities like Kim Kardashian have had a major impact in bringing Botox into the forefront. Many celebrities today openly talk about using botox and some are actively advocating the use of Botox.
Many Toronto Aesthetic Clinics recommend doing Botox as a preventative procedure. It is usually better to have Botox BEFORE wrinkles and lines appear. Afterall, it is easier to preserve the appearance of youth, than to fix symptoms of ageing when they have already appeared. Apparently there have been a study that companies who have attractive employees are more successful in terms of higher revenues than companies who don’t have attractive employees. A truly fascinating article indeed. I have posted a quote as well as a link to the specific article below.
“Companies that place a premium on hiring very attractive people had on average higher revenues than similar companies which did not.” - Psychology Today
Here is a great article that gives you Botox advice based on your age:
There are many things to consider if you are thinking about doing Botox. We wrote an amazing FAQ post on The Top 20 Questions We Get Asked About Botox. Botox is still a young and booming industry. With a market that size and with patients from large range of age and uses, Botox has already integrated into the fabric of mainstream culture. In our Toronto Botox Clinic, we are also seeing the trends stated in this article where our botox clients are coming to us at a younger and younger age.
Although Botox is used often to treat medical conditions such as arthritis pains, migraine, bladder conditions, etc. the decision to use Botox strictly for cosmetic purposes is a lifestyle decision. However, not all Botox Toronto clinics are created equally. One of our most popular post on how to find the Best Botox Toronto clinic can be found on our blog post, “How to Hire a Botox Clinic in Toronto”. It is very important to find a good clinic for your Botox needs because there have been many unfortunate stories in the media where Botox injectors are not certified and the grade of their botox products come from shady sources. Make sure you learn how to hire a Botox Clinic in Toronto to ensure that you get the optimum results and reduce your risks.
When you speak with your Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, you will be advised on the process involved with the non-surgical treatment. Therefore, we will explain it on a very high level in this section. Depending on the specific result that you are looking for, the procedure will be slightly different to the explanation below:
Toronto Botox or Botulinum Toxin is injected into your muscle(s) through a micro-needle. Depending on the specific result you are looking for, the location of your injection will be different. There will usually be one to three injections per muscle. There should be very minimal discomfort during the injection due to the size of the micro-needle.
Here is more info about the Do's and Don'ts of Botox
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