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The Psychology of Skin: Can BOTOX® Affect Self-Esteem?

Jun 19 2012

Why do patients choose cosmetic dermatology? It’s not just because they want to change the way they look – it’s because they want to change the way they look at themselves. But, can cosmetic treatments actually change the way we feel? That’s what one study sought to find out.

The objective was simple: “To determine the effects that [botulinum toxin type A] injections for the treatment of facial wrinkles had on quality of life … and self-esteem.” In essence, researcher, Dr. Steven Dayan, wanted to find out if treatments like BOTOX® could actually impact the way people look at themselves. Published in medical journal, Dermatologic Surgery, researchers studied one hundred individuals who were given either botulinum toxin type A treatments or a placebo. Participants also completed questionnaires which looked at factors such as satisfaction, self-esteem and quality of life. What did they find? The results may surprise you.

Among those who completed the surveys, researchers found that “Increases in overall self-esteem and appearance-, social-, and performance-related self-esteem were observed in participants treated with [botulinum toxin type A].” And, while this isn’t to say you will have identical results, it certainly shed some light on the power and impact of cosmetic skin treatments.

Top Cosmetic Treatment

According to recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were over 5.6 million botulinum toxin type A procedures in 2011 alone, making it the number-one cosmetic procedure in the US. So, why are so many patients choosing BOTOX®? The answer is simple: it works!

You can think of BOTOX as essentially a muscle relaxer. A highly purified protein injected into the skin, BOTOX works to dramatically reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The treatment is particularly well-suited for what are called “dynamic creases.” These are the wrinkles that appear when you smile, laugh, frown or look puzzled. The most popular sites for BOTOX are smile lines, frown lines and horizontal lines across the forehead. Think this treatment might be right for you? Schedule a consultation today.

BOTOX in Danville

To learn more about BOTOX or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact us today. Our offices are located in Danville, serving the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment at (925)272-2695. We look forward to meeting you.

Category: Dermal Injectables

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