"Botox May Deaden Ability to Empathize, New Study Says"

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    Apr 24, 2011 6:39 PM GMT

    Botox May Deaden Ability to Empathize, New Study Says

    According to a study published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, Botox may not only numb facial muscles, but also – and for the same reason – numb users’ perception of other people’s emptions.

    According to David Neal, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, “if muscular signals from the face to the brain are dampened, you’re less able to read emotions.”

    Neal and his research team compared the effects of Botox and Restylane on the one hand, with a gel that amplifies facial signals on the other. The key finding, according to Neal: “When the facial muscles are dampened, you get worse in emotion perception, and when when facial muscles are amplified, you get better at emotion perception.”
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    Apr 24, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    I question the knowledge of the researcher for this study. Botox paralyzes facial muscles, but Restylane is a dermal filler. It's merely a gel that fills in cracks, so to speak, such as nasolabial creases or to ad volume to one's lips or under their eyes. It doesn't impede movement or paralyze.
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    Apr 24, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    Along with the results found in this study. . .

    Botox certainly deadens the ability to SHOW anyone that you empathize.

    It also does nothing to cover wrinkles you may already have. It just numbs your facial muscles to prevent further wrinkling. It also makes a person look horribly frozen, like they're wearing a halloween mask of themselves.

    I know a couple of people who had it done and for 4-6 months they looked weird, like a different species of human. Can't imagine why anyone would want to look like that. Really, it's the dumbest thing going.

    Restylane, on the other hand, is a good thing. It fills in wrinkles safely, doesn't freeze your face, there's no down time, virtually no pain or side effects and lasts longer than Botox. It's not surgery, just a simple injection. Use a board-certified dermatologist.

    And, I'll say again. . . unlike Botox, which does NOTHING for wrinkles, Restylane and other fillers COVER your wrinkles.