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Don’t let your wrinkles give off a negative first impression.

August 6, 2015

In time, wrinkles in the skin form even when we are not moving and become like caricature lines. They can communicate anger or sadness, even when we are not feeling these emotions. Your face reveals your first impression. Don’t let your wrinkles give off a negative first impression.

Botox and Dysport are the treatment of choice for the dynamic wrinkles, the movement-related lines and grooves of the face. As a facial surgeon, Dr. Olson knows the subtleties of the face and how you can achieve your aesthetic goals.

I'm not mad. That's just my RBF.

I’m not mad. That’s just my RBF.

Jessica Bennet from The New York Times wrote the article “I’m Not Mad. That’s Just My RBF”.

I didn’t think much about it at the time: I was appearing in a short television segment and had quickly brushed my hair, then slapped on some concealer. I figured my glasses would cover the circles under my eyes. Only later did I behold what I looked like – and it was terrifying. It wasn’t that I was disheveled; it was the actual face that looked back at me in the frozen screen shot. My mouth curled slightly downward, my brows were furrowed, my lips were pursed. My eyes aimed forward in a deadpan stare. I looked simultaneously bored, mad and skeptical. I was basically saying to the newscaster:DIE. In that moment, I joined the ranks of a tribe of women who suffer from the scourge known as “resting bitch face” or increasingly, just RBF. For those who need to review, RBF is a face that, when at ease is perceived angry, irritated or simply…expressionless. It’s the kind a person may make when thinking hard about something – or perhaps when they’re not thinking at all.

“Is there a filter on Instagram that fixes RBF? I’m asking for a friend,” the actress Anna Fredrick tweeted, explaining recently to the late-show host James Corden that, “When somebody takes a photo and I’m in the background of it, I think, like,’Oh my God what’s wrong with me?!”

Other celebrities caught in serious repose: January Jones, whose “absolutely miserable” face made headlines this month at a ComicCon event; Tyra Banks, who has famously advised women to “smize” (smile with your eyes); Victoria Beckham; Kristen Stewart; and Anna Paquin, who has defined RBF as “you are kind of caught off guard and you’re not smiling, and it means you look really angry all the time, or like you want to kill people. (Also, in the less-chronicled male RBF category: Kanye)

Morra Aarons-Mele, a small-business owner in Los Angeles, said she “Botoxed away” her “congenital frown line” so that people would stop asking , “Are you mad?” “Then people were warmer to me – I swear,” she said.

But RBF is not a problem merely of the old. It matters at all ages because, as science has long proved, humans make judgments based on facial cues. Studies have found that people are less likely to find friendly looking faces guilty of crimes; people who look “happy” are generally deemed more trustworthy, too.

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