|In the 17th Century, Charles Darwin suggested that facial muscles aren’t only responsible for the expression of emotion, but also in our experience and perception of it. His argument put forth the idea that if we limit the illustration of our feelings, then we limit physical response; i.e., reducing frowning in turn reduces feeling sad or angry.
At a Cosmetic Boot Camp in Aspen, Colorado in June where noted anthropologist, Nina Jablonski Ph.D., put forth the idea that Botox could be a “cure for world peace.”
|Botox is a cosmetic dermatology practice, where Botulinum Toxin A (Botox is just one brand of this) is injected into frown muscles. This paralyzes them for up to six months. Patients can expect to see smoother, less-lined foreheads, with wrinkles seemingly disappearing to reveal a more youthful look.
Frown muscles are responsible for lines, but are also important in expressing normally negative emotions such as sadness, fear, anger and distress. A Botoxed patient can’t physically form the expressions necessary to portray these emotions; the procedure renders it impossible.
In a recent Scientific American article, patients treated with Botox for frown lines showed a markedly significant difference in mood. They were measurably less negative than their non-Botoxed counterparts. The thinking is that paralyzing frown muscles in the forehead leads to weaker facial feedback for negative emotions. As a result, a negative mood is then harder to maintain, and that’s why Botox patients find themselves more positive.