New Surgery Brings Back a Smile

And recent research lends credence to what your mother always told you: Smile and you'll feel better. The emotions shown on the face affect a person's internal state.

"People who smile are happier, and people who can't smile are depressed. It really affects the brain," Byrne said. "There's no question we've seen this in these patients. They are happier and more upbeat after having this procedure."

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There's more on this topic at The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

SOURCES: Patrick J. Byrne, M.D., director, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, department of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; Yael Halaas, M.D., board-certified facial plastic surgeon, New York City; July/August 2007, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery

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