Alright so we have a very good question- do black people need Botox??? When Botox was introduced in Europe in the 2002, it was widely scorned as a perfectly insane medical choice. Purposefully injecting your face with a toxin responsible for infectious diseases all for the sole purpose of looking a few years longer seemed laughably insane and out right shallow. But in the decade and half since, Botox injections have become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country by far with medical professionals finding new ways to use the substance.
This very European practice is coming over to Africa with more and more black women taking this as an option to stay young and women of color are spending more and more money on this procedure.
Researchers at the University of Texas-Austin tested four theories that: 1) Looking better makes a person feel better, 2) Less frowning makes for more positive social interaction, 3) Paralyzing frown muscles decreases signals to the brain to be sad, and 4) Botox injections actually reach your brain somehow.
They actually debunked… all four of these theories. Yet their subjects still felt less depressed across the board (or rather, experienced a remission of depression). In fact, they cite past research that nine out of 10 participants saw reductions in symptoms of major depressive disorder when treated with Botox. The only answer is, of course, more scientific inquiry.
In the mean time, it’s exciting to consider how a cosmetic product once deemed shallow might actually fight one of the deadliest illnesses on the planet. Mull on that, judgy people.
Written by Tokyo James