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If – and for reasons out of your control – your face often has a somewhat discontented expression, worry not. Aesthetic treatments are available that can help get rid of that unwanted frown, writes Dr Lisa Chan

RBF, also known as resting bitch face, entered the global vocabulary after a parody sketch in 2013 that went viral. Despite its somewhat sexist connotations, it’s true that some men and women do tend to have a semi- angry or irritated expression when their features are at rest.

While this may not be an issue for many, for others it may garner unwanted accusations of looking upset, mean or unfriendly, when they’re actually feeling the complete opposite. Besides impacting social relationships, patients who’ve been accused of having RBF may also feel misunderstood and alone. Fear not though, there’s a number of aesthetic treatments that can help reduce these negative perceptions.

The aesthetic treatments I’ll cover are minimally invasive and can alleviate many of the concerns that patients have in a natural way. I’ll go through some of the facial features that can be improved from the top down.

One of the biggest worries that patients have are their glabellar frown lines, also known as “elevens”, that occur between their brows and can become permanently etched over time. This can create an off-putting, hostile appearance. Depending on whether these frown lines are caused by repeated muscular contractions or a loss of volume over time, botulinum toxin or dermal fillers can be used to smooth them away. Studies have shown that an injection of botulinum toxin in the glabellar area can actually help alleviate depression, which really illustrates how the way you look can directly affect how you feel.

Acne prone skin concept. Sad lady looking at mirror and checking her face skin, standing in bathroom interior, selective focus on her reflection

The eyes are another area that can make a big difference. Some patients come in with severe under eye dark circles, which can make them seem gaunt or unapproachable. This can be corrected with a combination
of hyaluronic acid fillers and high-energy devices to tighten and brighten the skin.

Next up we have sagging cheeks and loss of volume over the mid face area, which can create harsh shadows on photos and contribute to an angry-looking face. To soften this area, we can use a combination of fillers such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, as well as thread lifting to counteract the effects of gravity. Adding volume to the midface can really help to bring out a youthful curved contour.

The mouth is another area that can leave a lasting impression – and when lips are thinned out and there are downward “marionette” lines in the lower face, that impression can be more often unfavourable than not. Lip injections with hyaluronic acid as well as judicious use of botulinum toxin can create softer, fuller, upturned lips, while dermal fillers and thread lifting can help with filling in downward creases and reducing sagginess around the mouth.

For patients who have needle phobia, newer medical devices that utilise synchronised radiofrequency and high intensity facial electromagnetic stimulation can also be used to lift facial skin and muscles. This can increase the levels of collagen and elastin in the dermis, resulting in firmer and smoother skin, as well as increase muscle density and support of facial tissue.

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Time waits for no one and the changes that come with age, such as sagging, wrinkles and loss of volume, can all exacerbate the perception of RBF. Fortunately, with advances in medical technology there are options other than surgery to help us align our outward appearance with our inner emotions.

A thorough consultation with a medical professional and a tailored approach are essential in ensuring that realistic aesthetic goals are met, while preserving unique facial characteristics and achieving a harmonious, natural result. As always, make sure you understand the risks, benefits and possible outcomes of any medical treatment.

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