Scientists have proved that though Botox may smooth
wrinkles it can dull a person's ability to understand others emotions.
For the past 20 years, Botox is being used for cosmetic
and medical procedures. It paralyzes the facial muscles which hinders certain facial
movements, like frowns which can cause wrinkles. People read emotions partly by
mimicking others facial expressions and if these muscular signals from the face
to the brain are dampened, it hampers their ability to read emotions.
Scientists concluded this based on the study in which Botox
and the dermal filler Restylane was used in a group of 31 women, while a gel
that amplifies muscular signals was used in another group consisting of 56
women and 39 men. Participants from both the groups were asked to view computer
images of faces and identify the emotions. It was found that Botox dampened the
facial muscles due to which the emotional perception was worse and this
emotional perception got better with the use of amplifying gel.
The research has been published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science.