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Reader Laura’s Comment:
A study that is going to be published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that Botox may diminish the experience of emotion. Have you heard anything about this?
I see their point but am not overly worried about it. Academics have a way of taking things to extremes and losing practical relevance.
Botox diminishes the visual signs of aging, but also reduces or eliminates facial gestures. Someone looking at a treated person can have a harder time figuring out what that person is feeling if the facial gestures he or she uses to communicate that are reduced.
I have not been a fan of more than the judicious use of these toxins as I do not like the “stone faced” result either, but there is a happy medium. I would translate this study to “take it easy on the botulinum toxin please.”
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2010-04-29 09:00:38.