According to ABC 7 EyeWitness News, women are turning to Botox treatments after a bad breakup.
“We drink, we get together with our girlfriends, we cry, we eat too much, and then we just generally feel worse about ourselves,” said Botox patient Carli Weatherhead.
After a relationship comes to an end, women will often undergo a drastic life change such as a new haircut, a fresh wardrobe or spontaneous trip.
Research indicates there may be a scientific reason why Botox helps partners cope with the feelings associated with a breakup. Psychological studies have determined that patients who get Botox injections near their mouth, particularly where frown lines are located, are happier than their counterparts.
The Botox prevents some of the frown lines from developing, preventing the brain from realizing that the person is frowning, causing them to maintain a feeling of happiness or content.
Similarly, Botox has been proven to substantially reduce feelings of depression in those that suffer from the disease. The study can be found here.
It seems logical, if you don’t see yourself frown, you won’t think you’re upset, and moving on can become easier.
A happier lifestyle and thought process makes for a happier heart, and a happy heart is a vital component of health.
In the same realm as heart health, a recent study has found that Botox has the potential to prevent dangerous heart rhythms in patients that undergo invasive heart surgery.
The research studied the risk of atrial fibrillation, a fatal irregular beating of the heart, in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafts. This is the most common form of open-heart surgery in the U.S.
60 patients were studied who had a history of the disease before the surgery was done. Of half the patients who received the Botox injection, seven percent later experienced atrial fibrillation, as compared to 30 percent of patients who didn’t receive the injections.
By injecting Botox into the heart’s tissue, also known as epicardial fat pads, during the surgery, the risk of atrial fibrillation was nearly eliminated for up to a year after the surgery.
Although about 30 to 40 percent of of people who have bypass surgery are at risk for this disease, it is difficult to determine who it will impact beforehand.
Researchers are excited about this breakthrough and believe the results are successful, even though the study was completed on small scale. Researchers believe the study speaks for itself, in addition to the other breakthroughs Botox has previously reached.
The injection has also been proven to help decrease excessive sweating and overactive bladder control.
“I think the concept is intuitive, it makes sense to me,” he said. “Because the way it [Botox] would work to limit atrial fibrillation is analogous to the way it works to prevent and block the nerve-mediated pain and neurotransmitter activity seen, for example, in migraines.”