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Does Botox® Relieve Depression?

MedPage Today (5/22, Smith) reports, “Botulinum toxin A appears to be effective at relieving depression, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis” presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. The review of five studies revealed that “injections of the muscle-paralyzing drug into the forehead were associated with more than a fourfold increase in the chance of remission compared with placebo.” The studies “included fewer than 200 patients all told,” however.

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Austin TX Botox®  Injectables Medical Spa | DermatologistThe Today Show Online (5/22, Fox) reports that research suggests that Botox® (onabotulinum toxin A) “injections make the skin more elastic, and that the effect lasts for about as long as the compound stays in the body.”


HealthDay (5/22, Thompson) reports that “Botox® treatment seems to promote production of elastin and collagen, a pair of proteins that make young skin tight, firm and flexible, said lead author Dr. James Bonaparte.” The research was published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
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Austin TX Botox®  Injectables Medical Spa | DermatologistBesides body aches and loss of vision clarity, old age heralds its advancement on you by showing visible signs like sagging skin, wrinkles and graying hair. While most signs of aging can be reduced by using inexpensive measures, wrinkles on the forehead and crowfeet along with laugh lines around the mouth and chin cannot be hidden under layers of makeup or other skincare treatments. This is where Botox® comes to your rescue and removes ugly wrinkles and sagging facial skin to restore youthful look.

How can the treatment from a dermatologist help you? 

Dermatologists suggest Botox® treatments before formations of wrinkles as then you can prevent fine lines from appearing on facial skin. Varied Botox® treatments are used by dermatologists depending on the age of a patient and their skin condition. If the Austin, Texas patient coming in for treatment is above 60 years, their nerves would be too weak for the Botox® to have any effect.

Botox® treatment minimizes muscle movement below the skin in temple area of forehead and areas around your eyes and mouth. An experienced dermatologist like Dr. Steven Zimmet knows which type of Botox® can be applied for varied sections of the face for smoothing lines and reducing wrinkles. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon in the procedure he knows which Botox® treatments will give the desired effect.

The Botox® serum has to be injected into the neuromuscular juncture of facial muscles to paralyze the movement of muscles which expand and contract leading to wrinkles and lines. Only a qualified dermatologist can identify exact muscles underlying wrinkles and also knows the exact quantity that will be required for each section.

Cost and after-care

Botox® treatment cost depends on your age, location of the clinic where the procedure is being done and the facial area where the protein has to be injected or the quantity of Botox® used. Administration of a unit of Botox® typically costs $10 – $15 each and different sections of the face require 20-30 units on average leading to cost accumulation of $400 – $600.

If you are a regular customer, reputed dermatology clinics in Austin, Texas will offer you heavy discounts on further treatments. While some skin care clinics offer Botox® on “cost per area” which may work out to be cheaper than visiting a dermatologist, it can be a risky exercise as they will compromise on quality of product and will use less than required.

Avoid touching the injected area for 24 hours and let the skin heal by itself. You can use skin ointments with vitamin or arnica as advised by your doctor after 24 hours to heal the bruise. Normal skin care routine can be followed within a few days of taking Botox® treatment. To have flawless skin, Botox® treatment has to be repeated every three to four months and after a few years of treatment you can increase the gap between each procedure.

Botox® treatment can be used in patients as young as 30 years and upwards of 70 years to reduce degeneration of muscles with age. The popularity of Botox® has largely been due to its minimal invasive procedure and quick results. Moreover it is relatively painless and patient can resume normal work schedule within a couple of days. The properties of Botox® as a migraine neutralizer have also increased its popularity among men and women of different age groups.

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Botox®  Cost depression treatmentLooking good is important for most people. Obviously, looking good is linked to our self worth and confidence. Even if you don’t really think about the way you look, the psychological component is hardwired in our brains and that is why a compliment on our looks brightens up your day. Botox® has been used for years to reduce the signs of aging but some new research is now suggesting that it can also be used to fight depression.

How can Botox® help deal with depression

Depression is a serious issue that is affecting a large portion of the American population. For years, the tools to fight it have been counseling sessions with a psychiatrist and drugs that seek to alter the brain chemistry. Although these have been successful, doctors are always on the lookout for new and more efficient techniques, one of which is botox.

Botulinum Toxin A or Botox® , as it is commonly known, has been used in cosmetic surgery for skin care many years now. Its effects include reducing of wrinkles, tightening of skin, and youthful looks. What botox does is that it paralyses the so-called frown muscles (the muscles responsible for frowning). This means that the patient cannot form any expressions that show negative emotions such as sadness.

By some accounts, this inability to show negative emotions manifests itself in the brain as an inability to form a negative mood. Dr. Steven Zimmet who has been a dermatologist in Austin, TX for over thirty years feels that this idea might have some substance to it. He has used Botox® in his dermatology practice extensively and has often felt patients to have a more positive outlook after such a treatment.

Skin care after Botox®

Even though botox has become very popular, it still remains a toxin that is injected in to your face. That means proper precautions need to be taken for your skin care after a Botox® treatment. Dermatologist recommends that you –

1. Do not touch the skin where Botox® was administered for at least 24 hours after the treatment and absolutely no rubbing of the area. This can spread the toxin to unintended areas and can cause complications.

2. Do not consume alcohol.

3. Avoid skin treatments for up to 24 hours after the treatment. This means no facials, chemical peels, or micro-dermabrasion for you.

4.  If you are on blood thinning medication, avoid taking it soon after Botox® treatment. Discuss with your doctor how long you should do this.

5. Botox® bruises can occur. To get rid of them try a topical vitamin K and arnica cream.

As explained above, botox is not just a tool for getting rid of your wrinkles and getting you a more youthful look anymore. Used correctly, it can become a great way to counter and maybe even cure depression in individuals. Researchers are working hard to scientifically prove this link and when they are able to do so, doctors, both in dermatology and psychiatry will be happy get a tool that they can use together for both their fields.

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.

botoxEver since Botox® was approved by the FDA in 2002 as a cosmetic dermatology anti-aging treatment, it has continued to dominate globally as the treatment of choice for millions of people. However, many new patients are still unaware about various aspects of Botox® treatment.

Dr. Steven Zimmet, an experienced dermatologist in Austin, TX, explains the pros and cons of Botox® to his patients during the initial consultation. Here is a set of FAQ that should address some of the common concerns that new patients may have about skin care with Botox® .

What is Botox® treatment?

Botox® is an injectable treatment made from botulinum toxin that is designed to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes and a few other facial areas. Among various non-surgical anti-aging treatments, Botox® is considered to be the most popular for people in the age group of 18 to 65.

How does Botox® work?

Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful biological agents known to man. This toxin is a part of the Botox® prescription medication that is injected in controlled quantities directly into the shrunken muscle that is causing a wrinkle on the face. The toxin immediately blocks the communication between the nerve and the muscle, which causes the muscle to relax. As soon as the muscle is relaxed, the wrinkle becomes lighter or fades away completely.

What type of wrinkles can be treated with Botox® ?

Botox® dermatology treatment was originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of frown lines between the brows. In 2013, the FDA also approved Botox® for the cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet, which are fine lines around the eyes. Botox® providers have also been using Botox® with safe and predictable results for moderate to severe wrinkles on various other parts of the face.

Who is a marvelous candidate for Botox® ?

Any adult who is bothered by the signs of aging on the face, but is keen to avoid plastic surgery, may consider Botox® treatment. An experienced dermatologist such as Dr. Zimmet will examine various aspects before deciding whether a patient is a suitable candidate for Botox® . Patients in Austin, TX and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive Botox® and other treatments at Dr. Zimmet’s practice.

What is the downtime involved in this treatment?

Botox® skin care treatment does not involve any downtime. Patients are usually ready to resume their regular daily activities immediately after the treatment. Working people may even receive a Botox® treatment during lunch hour, and go back to work after the treatment session.

How soon will the results become apparent?

A significant improvement in the appearance of the skin can be seen almost immediately after a Botox® treatment. The condition of the skin will continue to improve for up to a month. The results with Botox® can last for anywhere from three to six months in most cases.

How painful is Botox® treatment?

Botox® treatment involves only brief and minimal discomfort for most patients. The Botox® provider may numb the local area with an anesthetic cream. The entire procedure can be completed in about 15 minutes.



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botox injectionBotox® is probably the world’s most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatment for the face. Among the various treatments available in dermatology, Botox® has continued to remain one of the most recommended solutions by skin care experts worldwide ever since it was approved by the FDA in 2002. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing Botox® treatment to suitable candidates in Austin, TX and surrounding communities. 

How does Botox® Work?

Botox® is made from botulinum neurotoxin, which is among the most potent biological substances on this planet. Very tiny quantities of this toxin are used in a Botox® dosage to address the aging signs on the face. The overactive muscles in the deeper layers of the facial skin can cause a wrinkle to form on the surface. Botox® medication is injected directly into the targeted muscle using very fine needles. The medication works instantly to cause a temporary paralysis in the muscle.

The muscle relaxes immediately, and the wrinkle fades away naturally from the face. The effect remains in place as long as the impact of Botox® lasts, and the muscle remains in a relaxed mode. The FDA has approved this treatment for the removal or reduction of frown lines on the forehead. In 2013, Botox® also received FDA’s approval for the reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes. Many dermatologists also use Botox® for lip enhancement and reduction of wrinkles and fine lines in other areas of the face.


Botox® is widely popular as a cosmetic skin care solution because it reduces the wrinkles and fine lines without the need for any surgical incisions. People who are reluctant to opt for surgery as an option to treat facial signs of aging are usually best suited to consider Botox® as a non-invasive injectable treatment alternative. Dr. Zimmet recommends Botox® to such patients at his dermatology practice in Austin, TX.

The treatment with Botox® is nearly painless and free of all the potential risks and side effects that may be typically associated with plastic surgery. However, the treatment must be performed only by a qualified and experienced Botox® provider to ensure that the dosage is administered correctly and safely. In terms of affordability, Botox® is the treatment of choice for many people who are unwilling to spend on a cosmetic surgery procedure that is not covered by health insurance.

Botox® offers a major advantage for people who are very busy or cannot take much time off from work for an aesthetic procedure. A single Botox® treatment session can be completed in less than an hour. There is no downtime involved, and most patients are ready to resume their regular activities immediately. Working people may even take a Botox® appointment during the lunch break from work, and simply go back to work after the treatment.

Botox® for Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet refer to the fine lines that emanate from the far outside corners of the eyes. Allergan Inc., the manufacturer of Botox® , presented a detailed study that showed the safety and effectiveness of Botox® in reducing crow’s feet. In 2013, Allergan received the FDA’s approval for cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet.

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