Depression Has Been Linked to Botox Injections

It's ironic, since most people take Botox injections for the sake of improving their appearance (especially when they smile), but Botox (which is actually derived from a poisonous substance known as Botulinum toxin) can cause depression in several people, a new study discloses. The treatment is usually used to reduce wrinkles and make the face look softer and whatnot, particularly the strength of the eye muscles. This then results in the formation of less harsh and softer features as well as improving the formation of the smile. Little did "they"—the proponents of Botox—know that treatment could also take away their smiles. According to Dr. Michael Lewis and his team, this was the case.

Lewis, a doctor from the School of Psychology in Cardiff, Wales, led a study that followed 25 Botox users who have received treatment to improve facial lines and whatnot. It was done to examine the concept of facial feedback, wherein the expression people make can affect how they feel and whatnot. The study was initially a test to see if Botox can improve the mood of those who took it, but researchers instead found out that even though smiling can make people happy just as happiness can make them smile, Botox can instead take away people's smiles.

More to the point, Botox-injected people were feeling "less smiley" than before due in part because they can't make that particular expression. On the other hand, Botox can affect one positively in the sense that people have an inability to frown when injected with the substance as well.
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