People ask you if you’re upset about something all the time. They keep their distance from you and make their conversations brief like they want to get out of your way as soon as possible. You wish that they didn’t assume that you were always angry or annoyed, but you can’t blame them when you see your expression in the mirror. Find out how Botox can wipe away the anger from anyone’s face.
What Makes You Look So Angry?
Every face has dynamic lines. These are from physical movement and emotional expressions, like laughing and frowning. You repeat these facial movements over and over again, and soon enough, those lines start to stay on your face even when you are relaxed.
Some of these dynamic lines will make you appear angry. The 11 lines are two grooves that appear in the middle of your brow when you furrow it. Now, furrowing your brow could mean that you’re worried, concentrating or confused, but most people associate it with being angry or annoyed. Having the expression permanently sitting on your brow can give people the wrong idea, especially if they don’t know you.
Another set of dynamic lines that can make you look like you’re in a bad mood are marionette lines. These come down from the sides of the mouth and frame the chin. They pull the corners of the mouth downward and make it look like you’re frowning. Paired with deep 11 lines, you’ll look like you’re mad whenever you’re relaxed.
You’re familiar with the term RBF (Resting B*tch Face). This is the all-too-common problem where someone’s resting face looks angry, annoyed or contemptuous when it’s neutral. Think of celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Stewart or Mark Wahlberg. They all look upset in photographs when they’re not smiling.
When Do You Get Dynamic Lines?
While dynamic lines get more pronounced over time, they’re not necessarily caused by getting older. Wrinkles caused by age are from the loss of fat and collagen, making the surface of your skin less full and firm. That change causes deeper creases, folds and sometimes sagging.
You can start to see distinct dynamic lines as early as your twenties. While it’s still early, many clients in those age-groups seek out “preventative Botox” to keep those lines from getting deeper. The rise of Botox for 20 and 30 year olds can be credited to the mentality that it’s better to treat wrinkles as early as possible — even before they fully form.
People Are Using Botox to Fix the Problem
A lot of people don’t want to deal with the social consequences of having a resting angry face. They don’t want to worry about losing out on career opportunities, missing out on new friendships or having people skip over their dating profile just because of their expression. No one wants to develop an unmerited reputation of a grump, snob or bully.
Both women and men are concerned about this problem. Women are more likely to be accused of having “RBF,” so they use Botox to stop inquiries like “What’s wrong?” and “Are you mad at me?” The treatment gives them a calmer resting face and gives them a break from the well-meaning but frustrating questions.
Men aren’t as likely to be labelled with “RBF,” but they still don’t like having a stubborn scowl etched on their face. Some are worried that the aggressive expression could negatively affect their career path. Botox treatment is a simple solution to soften those “11 lines” and mellow out their look. Click here to learn more about the rise of men and Botox and what other reasons they have for seeking out injections.
What Can Botox Do?
A neuromodulator like Botox blocks the signals sent between the nerves and the muscles in the face. That way, the muscles don’t subconsciously contract and leave visible dynamic lines. Targeting specific injection sites like the 11 lines will give you a softer, calmer appearance, even when your face is neutral.
It can also be used to make your resting face look happy. You can get injections near the outer corners of the mouth to subtly turn that permanent frown upside down. Or you can have injections give your eyebrows a slight lift.
Even though the term gets joked about online, RBF can affect people’s daily lives. If you feel like your face is ruining social opportunities and negatively affecting your reputation, you can use a combination of Botox and dermal fillers to change that.
What Can Dermal Fillers Do?
Dermal fillers like Juvederm are good for softening your resting look, as well. They can fill out deeper grooves like the nasolabial folds and secondary smile lines that can make the face look downturned. They can replenish dark circles under the eyes so that you don’t look tired or weary. They can lift and contour the cheeks. Higher, fuller cheeks will draw the face upward and make you look happier.
One of the most popular requests for dermal fillers is lip enhancement. They plump up the lips so that they look softer and fuller. Sometimes, thin lips can make people look harsh, angry or sad.
So, you can see how Botox and dermal fillers can be used in tandem to create a softer and calmer look.
Come for a Consultation
If you think your resting face could be improved with Botox injections and dermal fillers, you should book a consultation with one of our board-certified doctors. They will go over your medical history and decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. They will talk to you about what to expect from your appointment, how to prepare, how to perform after-care and when you will see results.
You can click here to learn more about Baywood Clinic before you come in for the consultation. Feel free to call us at 416-515-0007 or send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
The solution to your angry resting face isn’t to plaster on a smile every second of the day. It could be a combined treatment of Botox and dermal fillers to give off a much better impression, and you can finally feel like it’s safe to relax.