Botox® Cosmetic for depression? The answer is yes! Through a previous newsletter printed for our Infinity patients, I shared research from the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery that found a link between the use of Botox® Cosmetic and a decrease in depression from relaxing the muscles that cause us to have frown lines or scowl. Yet even more evidence has emerged to support the positive effects of Botox® Cosmetic for patients undergoing treatment for depression.
A recent study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports that a single treatment of the glabellar region (frown line area) with botulinum toxin may shortly accomplish a strong and sustained alleviation of depression in patients who did not improve sufficiently on previous medication. It supports the concept that the facial musculature not only expresses, but also regulates our mood. According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, affecting 121 million people. Negative emotions, like anger, fear and sadness, that are prevalent in depression, have been shown to be associated with activation of the muscles in the glabellar region of the face. Injection of a product such as Botox® Cosmetic inhibits the activity of these muscles.
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Wollmer MA, et al., Facing depression with botulinum toxin: A randomized controlled trial, Journal of Phychiatric Research (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.01.027