Is it Time to Get a Handle on RBF?
- Posted on: Dec 30 2018
“Resting bitch face;” it’s a term that may slightly (or dramatically) offend almost any woman, and yet, it continues to be the best description we have for specific facial characteristics. If like many women, you are tired of being stereotyped based on the involuntary expression of your neutral face, you may be ready to do something about it. We may not be close to ending the scrutiny that a woman’s face receives, especially as it pertains to her approachability, but we have come a long way in our ability to create a friendlier facial expression.
If it Walks Like a Duck
You may remember some version of the saying that goes “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.” We could use this expression to describe what a woman goes through when her face says that she is angry or sad. The concept of resting bitch face has been studied by scientists to understand its physical origin better.
Using facial analysis software, scientists found that certain micro-expressions created a perception of trace emotion. Certain facial movements or positions when the face is at rest were found to make a person seem angry and filled with contempt or disgust.
Is it bad to be called “bitch?” Not necessarily. What is terrible is being perceived as unfriendly or angry when you are not. It’s frustrating. It’s taxing. It may even inhibit you from feeling like your truest self. According to studies on facial expression, the movement or position of the muscles on the face could affect brain chemistry to align with the feelings that would coincide with particular positions. For example, a person with a persistent frown, purposeful or not, is more likely to feel angry and irritated. A person with a downturned mouth may be more prone to negative feelings, as well.
Bring the Friendly back to Your Face
At Luxurgery, what we prioritize the most is ensuring our patients feel like their best self. If facial aging or inherited traits have caused a downward turn on your face, we can help. Some patients choose to permanently refresh with facelift surgery while many take a quick but temporary route with injectables that smooth lines and plump superficial tissue.
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