Botox® Treats Depression
Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical dermatology treatments to reduce the signs of aging from the face. Ever since the treatment was approved by the FDA in 2002, it has been widely accepted by patients, dermatologists and other anti-aging experts worldwide. The FDA has also approved Botox® as a treatment for several medical conditions involving the nerves, apart from its aesthetic use as a skin care treatment.
Now one of the latest updates about the emerging uses of Botox® is that it may be an effective solution to address the symptoms of depression. Depression is a common problem today, and Botox® may prove to be a unique and simple solution for it. More scientific investigation into this potential benefit of Botox® is underway, but the initial studies have shown a lot of promise. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing Botox® and other treatments to patients in and around Austin, TX.
New Book on Botox® as a Cure for Depression
A newly published book titled “In the Face of Emotion,” talks about Botox® as a potential agent that can treat depression. The book has received appreciation from respected newspapers such as the New York Times, which called it the “first authorized biography” of Botox® . The book looks into this new aspect of how a traditional aesthetic dermatology solution such as Botox® could potentially work as a cure for depression.
The argument put forward in the book “In the Face of Emotion” is that Botox® holds the potential to improve the mood of a person as well as the person’s relationships with others simply because it enhances the aesthetic appearance of the face, and helps improve the person’s self-esteem. The book says that a single Botox® treatment can help a person enjoy a more youthful looking face for up to six months, and if this fact is combined with a new reality that it can also help treat the symptoms of depression, it would significantly expand the scope of Botox® treatment.
Dr. Zimmet aims to provide the latest skin care solutions to his patients in Austin, TX and surrounding areas. Therefore, he stays updated with new and upcoming research and innovations in the field. Three new studies have shown that Botox® injections can help address the symptoms of depression. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research showed that 17 of 33 patients reported more than 50 percent reduction in their depression symptoms after single treatment of Botox® . One in four patients in the group reported that their depression went into a remission.
Another study conducted by German researchers indicated the same results when Botox® is used to treat depression symptoms. The researchers said that the nerves in the brain also receive inbound signals, and if these signals or messages are positive, it will help improve the condition of depression. Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines on the face can result in cheering up and mood elevation of a patient, according to the findings of the German study.
If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.