First-time Botox users were slower at evaluating negative emotions which put them at a social disadvantage. They had no trouble with recognizing “happy” emotions.
Facial expressions trigger and intensify the relevant feelings associated with an interaction rather than simply broadcast what an individual is feeling. It’s rather like the lyrics in a song, it’s only part of the message.
If you’re responding to the world behind a “locked face”, you might react the wrong way to someone who is angry which could put your safety at risk.
Because Botox paralyzes the frown muscle which runs across the forehead and pulls the eyes inward and down, it may also weaken brain circuits that coordinate negative emotions.
Go ahead and get that youthful face, but understand that there are “side effects” to having smooth skin. Being beautiful comes with a price!
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