Depression is very common and often difficult to treat even with the best medical care. Several recent studies demonstrate treatment with Botox can significantly improve depression even for patients already on optimal medical therapy.
The Botox treatment used in these studies is the same used for treatment of the “frown lines” for cosmetic reasons. We have years of experience doing these injections at Déjà Vu.
Patients interested in trying this treatment for depression need to understand it is an “off label” use of the medication.
Patients have two options if they desire to try Botox for depression. One is to come in for an office visit to discuss the pros and cons of the treatment with Dr. Manley and another option for patients is to simply get the “frown lines” treated for cosmetic reasons. No formal office visit is needed for cosmetic injections.