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Can Botox® Treat Depression?

Botox® has been used for years as a way to smooth frown lines, but now, new research is revealing that Botox® can actually help treat depression. In a psychiatric study, patients were administered Botox® or saline placebo injections along the glabellar frown lines. After sixteen weeks, the patients with Botox® injections reported a significant decrease in depressive symptoms like prolonged sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and perpetual fatigue.

Intuitively, one might guess that Botox® boosted the patients’ self-esteem. However, while the individuals did report feeling more attractive, researchers attribute the results to another cause. The facial muscles and facial nerves are linked to the part of the brain that processes emotion, so using Botox® on the parts of the face that are used for frowning may actually make patients happier. 

Treatment for depression is just another off-label benefit of Botox® injections; Botox® has also been used to treat migraines and vulvodynia. For more information regarding the benefits of Botox®  injections, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

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