Botox For Depression

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Simon Ourian, M.D., a top authority on Botox, studies show the potent wrinkle fighting drug may also treat depression.

Between 10 percent and 25 percent of people will develop a major depressive disorder at some point in their lives. A recent study publication suggested what many of doctor Ourian’s patients have been reporting might have been true all along.

"For many years my patients have been telling me receiving Botox makes them happier. Not just because they look better, but because they truly feel uplifted," says Doctor Ourian one of the countries leading experts in the Botox treatments. "My explanation, at first, was that they wanted to be happier and therefore they felt happier. I would normally smile and move on."

A couple of years ago some of his patients reported a very close coordination between their mood and the time of their Botox treatment. So Ourian decided to ask his other patients who were suffering depression. The results were nothing short of amazing.

"I literally felt euphoric a few days after my Botox injection. It is like I did not look sad, so my brain was fooled into thinking that everything was great,” says Nancy M. A teacher.

Ourian says he was not surprised when he read the results of small scale study published by Doctor Finzi. "I am glad to hear someone else has observed similar results in their patients and published their findings," said doctor Ourian. According to Finzi the facial expression of emotion may play a causal role in the subjective experience of emotion. Based on this reasoning, researchers initiated a small open pilot trial to determine whether inhibiting the expression of facial frowning -- commonly associated with depression -- could help alleviate symptoms of depression.

Nine out of 10 patients who were treated with botulinum toxin A by having it injected into their glabellar frown lines, which are the lines between the eyebrows were no longer depressed two months after treatment. The one patient who was still depressed admitted having an improvement in mood. This was the patient with bipolar disorder.

All patients who participated in the study had an improvement in mood at their two-month evaluation. While botulinum toxin A appeared to be 90-percent effective in treating subjects for depression, only 10 subjects were evaluated. These are the first reported cases of depression treated with botulinum toxin A.

Ourian said he is very encouraged with the findings of this study and is preparing for a larger multi-center study on the treatment of depression with Botox.

Dr. Ourian’s Epione Medical Center, located in Beverly Hills’ “Golden Triangle,” is among the world’s most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic provides the most surgery centers. Epione skin, hair and bodyinnovative technology available for contouring. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Restylane, Radiance and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, unwanted hair, and tattoos, cellulite, and tens of others. For further information, please contact 800-828-6466 or visit

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