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Study: Botox boosts self-esteem

  |   Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:54 AM
CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study found Botox boosts overall quality of life and self-esteem, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Steven H. Dayan, a Chicago facial plastic surgeon, says study participants were photographed and randomized to receive injections of Botox between the eyebrows, forehead and crow's feet or injections of a saline solution.

It is not uncommon after Botox treatment for patients to report an increase in satisfaction with their appearance and feeling happier. All participants finished a health outcomes survey consisting of a quality-of-life enjoyment and satisfaction questionnaire, before Botox injections, two weeks after and three months after injections.

The study, published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, found statistically significant improvements in participants treated with Botox Cosmetic were observed in answers to 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.

"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," Dayan of the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery says in a statement.

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