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American Academy of Dermatology: How You Feel on the Inside Could be Affecting How You Look on the Outside
Date:11/13/2008

ppearance, they tend to perform better in other areas of their lives -- in their work, family life, social life, and marriage or personal relationships," explained Dr. Fried. "Under the right circumstances, cosmetic procedures can be a powerful ally. But it's important for patients to understand that these procedures are not a panacea. Realistic expectations are the key to effectively delivered promises."

Currently, Dr. Fried is analyzing data from a 2008 study designed to measure the positive ripple effects of botulinum toxin injections on other aspects of patients' lives. In this study, 76 middle-aged patients were treated with one botulinum toxin injection and then asked to complete a questionnaire during their follow-up visit to gauge how they felt following the procedure.

"The results of our study clearly showed that patients treated with botulinum toxin experienced substantial benefits," said Dr. Fried. "In fact, 29 percent reported feeling less anxious, 36 percent said they feel more relaxed, and 49 percent were more optimistic. Even a portion of patients diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, prior to treatment reported they felt less sadness during the winter following botulinum toxin injection."

A previous study conducted by Dr. Fried evaluated the clinical and psychological effects of the use of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in 32 patients. After 12 weeks, patients demonstrated significant improvements in facial skin tone and fine wrinkling, and reported satisfaction with their physical appearance and the quality of their interpersonal relationships.

"The results of these two studies echo observations of recognized experts from around the world -- that cosmetic interventions can improve a patient's self-image and help them feel better about themselves," added Dr. Fried. "Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious is exhausting, and patients who report improvements in these negative feelings following a cosmetic procedure
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