Washington: A Washington, DC-based dermatologist claims that the popular injectable toxin could actually make you less depressed and appear less angry - keys to a happier marriage.

In his new book 'The Face of Emotion,' Eric Finzi, who often prescribes Botox to depressed patients, writes about Jane, who visited the doctor to remove her frown lines and received an unexpected bonus - her husband no longer could tell when she was angry, the New York Post reported.

"Now he asks, 'Are you mad, Babe?' And I'll say no, and he believes me!" Finzi quotes Jane in his book. "We get along so much better now."

She not only appeared less angry, he writes, but she felt less rage "at least in part because of her inability to frown."

Finzi has based these conclusions on his own clinical trials of Botox in depressed patients and others that reveal the link between facial expression and emotional state.

"Evidence suggests that our facial expressions are not secondary to, but rather a central driving force of, our emotions," he writes.

Basically, sad thoughts increase frowning; and frowning increases sad thoughts (the inverse is true for smiling).

Botox — which essentially paralyzes the frown muscles — prevents these muscles from contracting, makes it more difficult to scowl. An outcome of this is that patients reportedly feel less depressed, he writes.


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