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Study Shows Botox Impacts Emotional Brain Activity

March 30, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to the New York Post, a recent study published in Scientific Reports, showed that Botox injections in the forehead can have an impact on how individuals perceive and interpret emotions. The study revealed that brain scans indicated a change in brain chemistry following Botox injections, which are commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.

Regarded as the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, Botox injections have increased 459% since the year 2,000. Amid the surge, questions are beginning to surface about how the temporary muscle paralysis induced by the procedure affects the ability to perceive and express emotions. 

According to a recent study conducted by the University of California Irvine and biotech company AbbVie, a group of 10 women aged between 33 and 40 underwent brain scans and discovered that the amygdala, a region of the brain responsible for processing emotions, exhibited altered activity when exposed to both angry and happy facial expressions.

According to the facial feedback hypothesis, individuals tend to mirror the facial expressions of those around them to recognize and internalize the corresponding emotions. The study reveals that Botox, which temporarily paralyzes facial muscles, interferes with this instinctive mirroring process.

Consequently, people who receive Botox injections experience a change in their brain chemistry as they struggle to interpret emotions without the aid of facial cues.

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