Recent studies have shown that injecting certain neuromodulators, such as botulinum toxin A (Botox), into the glabellar facial muscles of women can help alleviate symptoms of depression. While certain studies have concluded that neuromodulators can help treat depression, there are still many unanswered questions about how neuromodulators will be able to help with symptoms of severe depression or bipolar depression, as well as whether or not this treatment option will work for men.
At Bottle Service, we strive to stay up to date on all of the latest information, techniques, and uses for neuromodulators in order to ensure that we are able to provide our clients with the best products and solutions for their unique requirements.
Using Neuromodulators for Treating Depression
The first signs that neuromodulators could be used as a treatment to alleviate depression in women were discovered over a decade ago. Since then, many case studies, trials, and analyses have been completed with remarkable results: a single treatment of botulinum toxin A injected into the glabellar region of a subject can largely improve the symptoms of depression and, in most cases, very few subjects need to be treated for a negative response or remission.
While neuromodulators are not yet being widely used as a viable treatment option for depression, clinical trials are still underway and continue to show impressive results that suggest that neuromodulators will be available as a more widely used depression treatment option in the not so distant future.
How do Neuromodulators Affect Mood?
At this point in time, no one really knows how neuromodulators are able to affect mood; however, recent research has hypothesized and confirmed that, for some individuals, frowning itself may cause certain aspects of depression. This means that communication between the emotional centre of the brain and facial muscles goes both ways. In other words, smiling can make someone feel happy, while frowning can make someone feel depressed.
By using neuromodulators to paralyze the facial muscles (corrugator muscles) that are proven to be overactive with negative emotions like depression, the negative signals to the brain’s emotional centre would also be blocked, allowing someone to see the world in a more positive light.
If you would like to learn more about how neuromodulators can help treat depression, or if you are interested in one of our neuromodulator treatments, please contact Bottle Service at 403-488-3990. Our dedicated team members would love to help you pick the best treatment option for your unique wants and needs, as well as to answer any questions you might have.