Botox May Reduce Sadness By Eliminating Frowns, Study Says

July 20, 2010

Botox structure; photo credit: Lacy, D.B., Tepp, W., Cohen, A.C., DasGupta, B.R., Stevens, R.C. via Wikimedia Commons.

(ChattahBox) – Think Botox injections are a worthless show of vanity and fear of natural aging? So did I. But according to a new study into the cosmetic procedure, it may have unforeseen effects on the user’s mood.

The research conducted by the US Association for Psychological Science showed that those that use Botox seem to have a more positive outlook, and suffer less from depression.

This is believed to be due to the way that the poison numbs the facial muscles, relaxing expression. When the person in question is unable to frown, the signal is fed back to the brain. The mind then interprets the Botox recipient of being happier.

According to the Telegraph, researcher David Havas said that the time it takes for the signal to reach the brain, which is interrupted by the lack of facial movement, makes all the difference in the world.

“There is a long-standing idea in psychology called the facial feedback hypothesis,” he explains.

“Essentially, it says, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. It’s an old song, but it’s right. Actually, this study suggests the opposite: When you’re not frowning, the world seems less angry and less sad.”

See, botchulism has all sorts of positive benefits, apparently.


6 Responses to “Botox May Reduce Sadness By Eliminating Frowns, Study Says”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 20th, 2010 2:23 pm

    And if you take enough botox, it eliminates the need for food and oxygen.

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  5. recover data on July 23rd, 2010 2:31 am

    Botox is most often used to soften and relax forehead/scowl lines as well as crows feet around the eye area. Botox is an injectable substance that is a medical grade form of the botulinum toxin A.

  6. obagi on July 26th, 2010 4:20 am

    Well I hope this is true. Because a friend of mine suffers from depression and no natter how many times he has nose jobs, botox injections, he still seems to feel very insecure about his looks. It has been getting difficult to tell his emotions on his face since the botox numbs his natural expression.

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