“Bitchy Resting Face” started as a video parody of medical television commercials, and it’s gone viral. While it was meant to be comical, plastic surgeons agree there is some truth to the video. For years, doctors have helped men and women combat the signs of aging that make them look angry. There are facial plastic surgeries and non-surgical procedures that help correct drooping skin or creases that make people look unhappy.
Many celebrities get called out in the media as always looking angry. Law & Order star Ice-T, rapper Eminem, Transformers’ actress Megan Fox, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, and actor Christopher Walken are among them. If you view pictures of those celebrities, you’ll see that it’s usually the mouth and eyes that create the expression of anger.
Problem Areas Behind the Angry Expression
With aging, a decrease in muscle control and decline in skin’s elasticity can cause the corners of the mouth to droop. This drooping creates a frown that certainly looks unpleasant. Thin lips often look pursed and that portrays a feeling of anger, too.
Creases on the brow, specifically the frown lines, make a person look angry. Brows with too high an arch or eyelids that droop can also create the illusion of being grumpy. Again, the eyes and mouth are the areas that create the illusion of a person being angry.
Cosmetic Procedures That Ease These Issues
Botox injections help ease the creases on the brow that make a person appear to be angry. Fillers are also useful in lifting the corners of the mouth to avoid the drooping that makes it look like someone is frowning, or filling in frown lines around the brow. Captique, Hylaform, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane are all popular choices.
A brow lift is a more permanent means to reducing the creases on the brow that cause a grumpy appearance. This plastic surgery tightens skin on the brow to help smooth wrinkles and elevate the eyebrows without giving them too high of an arch.
A lip lift is helpful in restoring shape to lips that are drooping due to age. The lip lift also helps fill out thin lips that give a permanent expression of anger. With a subnasal lip lift, the incision is made at the bottom of the nose to eliminate visible scars.
Finally, for faces that appear to be moody because of drooping eyelids, blepharoplasty is useful. Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat on the upper or lower eyelids. It helps rejuvenate the eyes, creating a more alert, youthful appearance.
If you’re bothered by the angry appearance aging is causing, talk to a facial plastic surgeon about non-invasive and surgical procedures that restore a youthful, happy appearance. Call Dr. Kulak, a specialist in aging faces, to arrange a consultation. You can reach her Herndon, VA, practice at (703) 481-0002, or complete the Virtual Consultation Form to have a staff member answer your questions by phone or email.