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I’m Not Angry, That’s Just My Face!

Fillers Hazleton, PAIf you’ve never had to explain your neutral facial expression, you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones. In recent years, a common term has been developed to describe certain facial characteristics: “resting bitch face.” As many jokes that have been made about the face that looks angry or unfriendly, this can be a real problem in a society that places a great deal of value on looking happy and approachable.

The Science of Facial Analysis

Numerous studies have been conducted to observe how humans perceive one another based on appearance. You may be able to look through your own life and recognize all the times you’ve based an immediate perception of another person on appearance alone. What research has suggested is that certain character traits are associated with facial characteristics. For example:

  • A person with thin lips is thought to be stern, strict, or mean.
  • A downturned mouth is a type of scowl, making a person appear harsh, unfriendly, and unapproachable.
  • Closed-off, squinty eyes create the impression of boredom, disinterest, fatigue.
  • Frown lines make a person appear angry and stern.
  • Flat eyebrows give the impression of fatigue and stress.
  • Eyebrows that slant toward the center make a person seem judgmental.
  • Eyebrows that slant toward the side of the face make a person seem sad or worried.

The Science of Facial Expression

Researchers have discovered some interesting interplay between facial movements and the way a person may feel. We inherently assume that emotions show on the face; when you’re angry, you frown or purse your lips. What studies have found is that, when people routinely make certain facial expressions, such as frowning to see their computer screen, their emotions eventually follow that expression. Basically, you are less likely to feel happy emotions if your face if perpetually turned downward.

As you may know, the face takes a sharp decline with age; it will naturally start to turn downward, causing an angry, unfriendly appearance in many people. Here in our offices near Philadelphia, we have come to realize that it isn’t necessarily the desire for a younger-looking face that leads people to seek surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation, it is a longing to have their outward appearance match their inner emotional state.

Your face should reflect how you feel on the inside. For help turning your frown upside down, schedule a visit with our Hazleton or Pottsville team.

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