Have you ever caught your reflection in the mirror and realized you look angry, even when you think your face is neutral? Adults of all ages sometimes struggle with a resting expression that looks tired or irritable, due to natural variations in the musculature of the face.
BOTOX® – a popular injectable wrinkle treatment – can subtly ease a naturally tense expression by relaxing facial muscles in key areas. Whether you’re 25 or 65, our team of skilled injectors in Fredericksburg can help you align your appearance with the way you feel on the inside. To discover whether BOTOX® will work for you, contact us at (540) 371-7730.
What Causes a Perpetually Angry Look?
Though people often call the constantly angry look “resting you-know-what” face (or RBF for short), research shows this problem affects men and women equally. When a team of behavioral scientists used computer software to analyze the facial expressions of over 10,000 people, the gender balance of people affected by this condition was about 50/50. Women are more likely to seek treatment for RBF, however, because society expects them to smile more often and appear more nurturing than men.
The researchers who performed this study discovered that RBF is thanks to subtle facial cues – like slightly squinted eyes and curled, but not smiling, lips – that originate from muscle tension around the eyes and mouth. Though this kind of facial structure can make you look angry, it can happen even to people with friendly, open personalities.
Most people dislike RBF because the brain automatically interprets it as a look of contempt. When we’re around someone with RBF, we become anxious and fearful of being judged, even though the individual with RBF doesn’t have any hostile feelings toward us.
How Does BOTOX® Alleviate an Angry Expression?
BOTOX® treats RBF by temporarily blocking nerve signals to targeted muscles, which forces them to remain in a relaxed state for three to four months. Repeated BOTOX® treatments gradually train your facial muscles to behave differently, effectively curing RBF by giving you a friendlier look.
Getting rid of an angry expression requires slightly different injection techniques than smoothing out forehead creases and frown lines. To eliminate RBF, our doctors will inject BOTOX® around your temples, between your brows, along your jowls, and below your mouth, rather than exclusively targeting your glabellar (frown) lines. If you have deep lines around your mouth, they may incorporate dermal fillers (such as Juvéderm® Voluma) into your treatment plan to open up your smile.
Arrange a BOTOX® Consultation in Virginia at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg
Are you ready to welcome the world with a friendlier face? We can help. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons have the advanced knowledge of facial anatomy needed to effectively treat RBF with injectable compounds. To learn more about your options, contact our clinic in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to arrange a personal consultation.