Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for a smoother, less wrinkled face, but beware! Botox affects your brain function.
At least one study has been published Scientific reports. Brain scans show that botox injected into the forehead changes brain chemistry. Botulinum toxin affects how people who receive the injection interpret other people’s emotions.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 4,401,536 botulinum toxin type A procedures, including Botox and similar products, were recorded in the United States in 2020, the most recent year data was compiled.
In 20 years, Botox injections have increased by 459%, making them the most common cosmetic procedure.
Researchers wonder how Botox, which creates a temporary paralysis of facial muscles, affects a person’s ability to interpret emotions.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and APV, the biotech company that makes Botox, performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on 10 women between the ages of 33 and 40.
Brain scans were performed before the women received Botox on the forehead and then compared two or three weeks later.
Before the MRIs, the women were presented with pictures of neutral, angry faces, and happy faces. They were shown the same scenes after Botox injections. In both cases, subjects were asked to describe the emotions that the photographs evoked.
Analysis of the results showed that after receiving Botox, the women’s brain activity changed in the amygdala, which receives and evaluates emotional information.
As the researchers expected, these results are consistent with the facial feedback hypothesis, which is that people instinctively mimic facial expressions in an attempt to recognize and perceive the emotions they are experiencing. Photographs shown to them.
The temporary paralysis of facial muscles caused by Botox reduces a person’s ability to reflect emotions being expressed in front of them, which changes their brain chemistry when trying to interpret the emotions of others, the researchers note.
According to the New York Post