Facial muscles do not just express emotions but they are also involved in the experience or feeling of emotions. This feedback loop between the expression of and the feeling of emotions was suggested by Charles Darwin and there is now an accumulation of evidence illustrating how facial-muscular action can affect our mood and perception.
Localized facial muscular paralysis is a consequence of the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic injected into the frown muscles, which is responsible for the expression of negative emotions including sadness, fear, anger and distress. The paralysis of these muscles means that the ability to form facial expressions of these emotions is reduced. It has been demonstrated that people who have received BOTOX treatment for frown lines are rated as showing less negative facial expressions.
A study conducted based on 25 participants determined that the paralysis of your frown muscles causes negative moods harder to maintain. This lack of the negative mood feedback from the facial muscles leads these people to feel happier. This study also suggests that BOTOX injections into the frown muscles could be used as a treatment for depression. Come visit us at our plastic surgery practice in Thousand Oaks for your Botox treatment.