We’ve all heard our mothers/fathers/teachers tell us, “If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way!” This, of course, isn’t 100 percent accurate—Jim Carrey is still able to relax his features, despite building an entire career on imitating 9-year-old class clowns, after all. However, common facial reactions to physical and emotional stimuli can cause fine lines and wrinkles to slowly develop. Sometimes these stick around even when our faces are relaxed, leading to the dreaded “resting angry face.”
If you’re serious about fighting the ravages of time and the appearance of a permanently disappointed glare, you have some smaller treatment options than a full facelift.
Injectable fillers, or dermal fillers, are designed to fill up your wrinkles. These fillers are essentially a quick procedure that can be performed during an average lunch break. The results last anywhere from six months to a year, with very few side effects.
This friendly little neurotoxin has become synonymous with nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. While many people mistakenly believe that BOTOX® fills in lines and wrinkles like dermal fillers do, it’s actually a paralyzing agent. Yes, the appearance of lines and wrinkles is reduced, but this is due to the face’s inability to utilize certain muscles, including those responsible for resting angry face. (Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to blink).
If you’re looking for maximum value, consider a brow lift. Of course, this is only really reasonable for fairly deep lines and wrinkles, but the results last years, not months. This surgical procedure involves the repositioning of the brow and forehead, which can smooth furrows and give you a more youthful and pleasant look.