You could have all the energy in the world, but if you have drooping upper eyelids, people may think you’re perpetually tired. In fact, facial nuances like this play a big part in our perceptions of each other’s moods, and they’re often inaccurate.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that when a photo was simulated to reflect removal of excess skin from the upper eyelids, but the drooping (ptosis) wasn’t corrected, viewers perceived the subject as more tired and sad. Also implying sadness were raised inner edges of the eyebrows.
Excess forehead wrinkles are frequently interpreted as anger, especially when the inner corners of the eyebrows have a low slant. Conversely, when the outer corners of the eyebrows are relatively high, people often infer surprise, as with upper eyelids or brows that have been surgically lifted too high.
“Facial expression should be a factor in how patients and their plastic surgeons select various rejuvenation procedures,” stated study co-author John Persing, MD. “As our findings show, even the slightest modification can elicit profound changes in how others perceive us.”
When approached meticulously and with a natural-looking goal, surgery, injectables, and even brow shaping can prevent your face from contradicting your state of mind.
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