Fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, brows, and forehead can make you appear sad, grumpy, or angry even if you don’t feel that way. However, recent scientific studies show that facial lines can actually affect your mood, making it more difficult for you to be happy. So how do you counteract this? They say that happiness can’t be bought or made, but maybe it can. Recent studies reveal that BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can improve both facial lines AND happiness levels. That’s right – BOTOX® Cosmetic can facilitate a happier mood!
Facial Expressions and Mood
Have you ever heard someone say that if you’d just smile more, you’d feel happier? The idea of forcing a smile to make you feel happier is not a new one; it goes along the lines of “fake it ’til you make it.” Studies show that even if you fake a smile, you will feel happier. Years ago, scientific studies demonstrated the power that your facial expressions have over your actual emotional state. In a moment of sadness or anger, if you take a minute to force yourself to smile, you’ll find the negative emotions slowly melting away. The reason for this is because your facial muscles and your brain are in constant communication. Your facial muscles reflect your emotional state, and if they are pinched or pulled down, a message will be sent to your brain that you are sad, upset, or angry. Your brain then reinforces those emotions, transmitting a signal to your face to continue to reflect your negative feelings. But, if your face is relaxed and uplifted and you’re wearing a smile, you’ll send a signal of happiness and serenity to your brain, which will, in turn, reinforce those positive emotions.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Affects Your Mood
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a tool used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. When injected by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Rey, BOTOX® Cosmetic suppresses the movement of the targeted facial muscles. Those facial muscles are then less able to cause you to frown, pinch your forehead together, or express and reinforce other negative emotions. Not only does BOTOX® Cosmetic reduce the lines and wrinkles themselves, but it also lowers your facial muscles’ ability to transmit and reinforce negative emotional signals from your brain. Researchers have found that the simple injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic effectively treats depression, increasing happiness levels in subject patients over the control.
If facial lines and wrinkles are causing you to look older than your age, you may be a candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic. Not only may BOTOX® Cosmetic effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it may also be able to improve your mood! Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Rey. Call us at 310-205-3107 or fill out our online contact form today. You’ll be happy you did!