Botox treatments, one of the 5 procedures for non-cosmetic surgery, has shown a steady increase in consumer use for many years. During recessions, people who can not afford a full surgical procedure to choose treatments such as Botox, dermabrasion, and tissue fillers. And men have now become part of a larger than Botox market, partly in an effort to maintain or obtain employment by keeping the youthful face. But at what price comes vanity?
A very small study, from Duke University and the University of Southern California, had Botox users are asked to identify facial emotion, made by a group of non-users of Botox and displayed on a computer screen. found that the group who underwent Botox and Restylane treatments have difficulty identifying emotions, while another group showed higher scores than their peers.
Botox is a drug-based botulin smooths wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Technically, the drug prevents contraction of facial muscles, which gives the face a smoother appearance lasted for several months. But by turning off the facial muscles, Botox users can reduce their emotional intelligence. Restylane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid used as a dermal filler to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.
The main author David Neal, professor of psychology at USC, and co-author Tanya Chartrand, marketing and psychology professor at Duke University Fuqua School of Business concluded that we can read the feelings of others by imitating their facial expressions. Because the users of both Botox and Restylane can not utilize all the muscles of their faces, they have difficulties decoding emotions in accordance with expression.
Neal said "somewhat ironic" that people use to come in Botox better in social situations, but by looking better with these procedures you "You can suffer because you can not read emotions of other people too."