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Studies Show Relief From Depression After Receiving Botox

happy coupleOver 100 years ago, Charles Darwin thought the expressions on our face are not just a result of our emotions but also an influence on our emotions. His theory — that smiling can make us happier and frowning can make us sadder — has been validated by researchers in the decades since he made his initial observation.

It wasn’t until recently, however, that dermatologist Eric Finzi noticed that some of his patients felt relief from depression after receiving Botox treatments to treat fine lines and wrinkles. He took his observation to Norman Rosenthal, a psychiatrist at Georgetown Medical School, which led to a study showing that over half of patients treated with a single Botox injection experienced more than a 50% reduction in their symptoms of depression, and nearly 30% of patients said their depression went into remission.

Dr. Rosenthal was the person who first proposed the concept of Seasonal Affective Disorder. He was ridiculed thirty years ago for suggesting that exposure to bright light during dark winter days could assist with that sort of depression. Is he onto something again?

A flurry of recent research seems to support Botox treatment for depression. In addition to Dr. Finzi’s research, a 2012 German study found that Botox worked better than placebo in treating depression; decreasing symptoms by almost 50 percent, according to Clinical Psychiatry News. And in a 2009 study, Scientific American reported that Botox eased depression, even among patients who didn’t report feeling more attractive as a result of Botox treatments.

While this treatment has promise, there are still some challenges to overcome before Botox is considered a mainstream way to address depression. It’s relatively expensive, it only lasts about 3 months, and it isn’t covered by insurance. Also, each study showed that it doesn’t work for everyone.

Still, the list of benefits related Botox seems to be growing. In addition to treating frown lines and wrinkles, clinical reports on Botox have appeared for other uses such as headaches, hypersalivation and profuse sweating. Could depression be next?

Posted on June 28, 2014 and filed under Skin Care.

Hand Rejuvenation Can Take Years Off Your Appearance

Beautiful hands with french manicure against white backgroundWhile many people focus their anti-aging arsenal on their face, the contrast of aging hands to a youthful face can be a dead give away for age. Brown spots, crepey skin and prominent veins can add years to your appearance. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments to help rejuvenate the hands with minimal down time.

Brown Spots

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) targets brown spots on the hands. The spots become darker for 7-10 days after an IPL treatment then begin to lighten or flake off.  For best results a series of three IPL treatments is recommended.

If you’re not a good candidate for IPL, then topical bleaching creams can help to lighten brown spots. Hydroquinone is the most common bleaching cream, but there are also other lightening products such as kojic acid, lactic acid and azelaic acid. Another option for treating brown spots is a series of chemical peels. Chemical peels are acids applied to the skin that encourage the skin to flake and peel, exposing fresh younger looking skin. Chemical peels can also be combined with microdermabrasion to manually exfoliate dead skin cells and lighten pigment. If you want to get the best outcome for treating brown spots and rejuvenating the hands, these treatments can be used in combination. And last, but not least sunscreen is important to prevent further sun damage and new brown spots from forming.

Volume Loss

As we age, our hands and face lose volume (or fat). Vessels and tendons become more visible on the backs of the hands, which is one of tell tale signs of aging. Injections of hyaluronic acid-based fillers can improve volume and help mask vessels. Fillers add volume back to the hands and give a more plump and youthful appearance. For best results, one syringe of filler per hand is recommended.

Wrinkles

The products we use on our face can also benefit our hands. Hands need proper hydration from a daily moisturizer, especially when exposed to frequent hand washing. Moisturizers with shea butter, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and glycerin are especially effective. Growth factors can also improve the skin quality of the hands. A study published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in 2007 reported that 83% of women ages 35 to 65 showed improvement in hand wrinkles after using a growth factor cream for 60 days.

As always, you should talk to your skin care provider before starting any treatments for hand rejuvenation. In the mean time, application of a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended.

Posted on May 30, 2014 and filed under Skin Care.

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Posted on May 1, 2014 and filed under Skin Care.

What Can I Do About My Facial Wrinkles?

facial wrinklesWhen thinking about wrinkle treatments, it’s important to consider the different types of facial wrinkles. Facial wrinkles typically come in two categories: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Identifying the underlying cause of your wrinkles is the key to choosing the most effective treatment option.

Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are movement-created wrinkles that result from the contraction of muscles attached to the skin. These muscle contractions make your skin bunch up, creating creases between each muscle mass. The areas most affected by dynamic wrinkles are between your eyebrows (frown lines), across your forehead (horizontal lines), and outside the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). Reducing the strength of those muscles helps prevent deep facial wrinkles from forming. Adequate doses of Botox in targeted muscles will temporarily reduce muscle strength and therefore reduce these movement-created wrinkles. Botox minimizes dynamic wrinkles for three to four months and ultimately creates a smoother appearance of the skin.

Static Wrinkles

Static wrinkles are present when your face is at rest. These wrinkles are visible regardless of muscle contraction or movement. Static wrinkles are often caused by sun damage, smoking, genetics or poor nutrition. In order to treat static wrinkles, the quality and texture of the skin must be addressed. Laser resurfacing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can help to remove damaged skin and encourage the growth of newer, healthier skin. Medical grade products that stimulate collagen production such as peptides and growth factors also play a role in skin regeneration. And of course daily sunscreen always has a very important part to play in the prevention of sun damage, skin cancer and static wrinkles.

If you have questions about dynamic and static wrinkles, or which wrinkle treatment may be best for you, contact with your skin care provider.

Posted on April 30, 2014 and filed under Skin Care.