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Botox is a well-known injectable that smoothes wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles that cause them. Millions of people undergo routine Botox treatments to look younger and more attractive.

If you are one of them, you might be interested to learn that psychologists have discovered an unintended effect of Botox. In addition to changing the way we look, Botox might also change the way we think and feel.

Dr. Michael Lewis of Cardiff University studied a group of women that had Botox to eliminate laughter lines (the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth). He found that treatment actually made women feel depressed, because they were no longer able to smile normally. The study participants were shown a series of emotionally arousing video clips. Women who received Botox injections reported less of an emotional response than their study counterparts, who received facial fillers.

It may seem unbelievable that paralyzing the facial muscles could have an effect on the brain. In truth, psychologists have known for years that our facial expressions can influence our emotions.

The classic “what came first: the chicken or the egg?” paradox is a good metaphor for the link between facial expressions and emotions. “We smile because we are happy, but the act of smiling itself also makes us happy,” said Dr. Lewis.

The Benefits of Botox

Is this discovery a reason to avoid Botox treatment in the future? According to Chicago plastic surgeon John Kim, it is not.

While the research may suggest that Botox can make us feel sad, it does not take into account the tremendous boost of self-esteem and confidence that Botox patients typically feel after treatment.

Think about how self-conscious you may feel about facial wrinkles and creases. Perhaps these unhappy feelings cloud your thoughts and make it impossible for you to feel good about yourself.

Now, consider that Botox can significantly improve the appearance of these lines and wrinkles. After treatment, you will look carefree and rested, like you just came from a pampering appointment at a day spa. Knowing that you look rejuvenated can put you in a great mood!

Learn More about Facial Rejuvenation

If you would like more information about Botox treatment and other rejuvenating treatment options, please contact Dr. Kim. Call (312) 695-3615 or email us to book an appointment and explore your options.