It seems that, from birth, most humans have an innate ability to read faces. A recent study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, estimated that babies become adept at reading faces within the first six months of life. Even before the age of seven months, a baby can discern emotions such as fear, sadness, and anger on the faces of their caregivers. After this point, they become even more skilled, noticing nuanced emotions and vocal tone. We are not here to discuss how babies develop their social and emotional cues, though, we are here to talk about your face.
The importance of the nature of facial analysis is relevant to our topic because it demonstrates our inherent tendency to look at faces for emotional cues. If you are a person that gets told “Smile!” or gets asked what is wrong, you have experienced exactly what we are saying. It’s not fun. And it can be bad for your psyche, too. Studies observing how facial movements associated with certain expressions affect the brain have proven that our facial expression, even at rest, can be a guide for our emotions. So if consistent facial movements have caused a permanent scowl, or aging has caused the corners of the mouth to turn down, a person is more likely to feel the negative emotions associated with those facial movements. This is fascinating! If it affects you, it can also be maddening. Here’s what to do.
Reveal the Real You
We assume that our face will exhibit a true depiction of who we are and how we feel. However, the term “resting bitch face” has not become popular without proper cause. If your face exhibits indicators that are not aligned with your true self, such as thin lips and frown lines portraying you as stern and unfriendly, you can do something to improve your own approachability.
It is possible to reveal the real you, and we can help. At The Skin Center offices in Pennsylvania and Ohio, we have developed several strategies to approach concerns that alter the warm and welcoming vibe of the face. Because every person’s anatomy and aging process is different, multiple treatment plans may be considered. These include:
- Botox to lift the brows and the corners of the mouth
- Dermal fillers to reduce creases around the nose and mouth
- Ultherapy to tighten the SMAS tissue that supports facial contours
- Blepharoplasty permanently removes excess tissue that ages the eyes
- Facelift procedures are tailored to restructure anatomy as needed for individual concerns