One of the common misconceptions about Botox injections is that they impair a person’s ability to emote. A new study by researchers at Penn State University found that it is more difficult to discern the emotions of older adults who have not had any work done on their faces.
In the study, participants were asked to examine 64 faces and determine whether the older adults were angry or sad. While the people in the photographs were actually expressing neutral emotions, the creases around the mouth and forehead gave the illusion that the people were unhappy in some way.
This study builds upon previous work done by Humboldt University researchers in Berlin, who also found that younger people could not tell how older people were feeling based on their wrinkled expressions. Wrinkles “muddle expression,” said lead researcher Dr. Ursula Hess.
The American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) argues that people seeking plastic surgery procedures are not doing so out of vanity, but rather, to combat some of these early signs of aging. A look of sadness, depression, worry or anger can become a problem in business meetings, intimate relationships, or even at the doctor’s office. Older Americans can become the victim of stereotypes, which can affect quality of life, say researchers.
Before investing in a full facelift in NYC, many local residents opt for fillers and Botox injections first. As the ASPS explains, “Botox can treat wrinkles before they begin to form, while facial fillers can add volume and fill in deep creases around the eyes, mouth and forehead.”
It’s not just older people who are getting Botox. ABC News reports that the number of Botox procedures among 20-somethings rose 8 percent from 2011-2012 to a total of 92,955. These women feel that Botox is a great way to prevent wrinkle formation in the years to come.
Whether you would like a noninvasive procedure like Botox or a full face-lift, it is important that you find an experienced medical professional who is qualified to do this type of work, specifically. While spas may advertise this “quick, easy” rejuvenation treatment, you should only trust a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, specifically. Keep in mind that people who claim to be “board-certified” may actually be certified by a board of dentistry or a board of orthopedic surgery, rather than plastic surgery. Fillers injected by unqualified people in the wrong places can lead to artery blockage, lost skin and blue discoloration.
If you are looking for safe, effective New York Botox injections or facelift surgery, we invite you to consult renowned Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas W. Loeb. The doctor received his plastic surgery training at the Baylor College School of Medicine in Texas and has earned his board certification from the American Plastic Surgeons Society. Over the past 30+ years, Dr. Loeb has worked on a number of high-profile clients, including reconstructing the nose of Paula Jones. The office is staffed with compassionate and dedicated individuals who are available to address all of your questions and concerns. Please call 212-327-3700 to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Loeb’s NYC office.