There’s no denying that resting bitch face, sometimes called RBF (or resting dog face in polite circles), is a real condition. RBF is a phenomenon that occurs when a person’s neutral facial expression unintentionally appears annoyed, irritated or angry. You might have RBF when you’re driving, working, relaxing or listening, and it can certainly affect your life and relationships.
Just ask Barbara. Barbara is 50 years old and her youngest son recently graduated from the University of Tennessee. She runs a construction company with her husband and takes a barre class every Tuesday and Thursday night. She has a jovial laugh and loves to have a good time. But take a glance at her face when she’s at rest or in a neutral, relaxed mood, and you’d never guess her personality is warm and fun, because Barbara unintentionally has a RBF.
“It’s definitely affected my life and my work,” Barbara said. “Some of the men on the company’s crews are afraid of me for no reason because my RBF can be so off-putting. It’s out of my control and it’s so frustrating.”
Barbara isn’t alone in her frustration. Celebrities like Anna Kendrick, Kristin Stewart, Kanye West and even Peggy of the Real Housewives of Orange County all have been accused of having resting bitch faces. Psychologists who have studied resting bitch face link the condition with facial biases, gender stereotypes against women, human judgement and even decision making processes, according to a report from Psychology Today. The report also cites reasons for Barbara’s frustration: RBF can deny us opportunities to express gratitude and pleasure in everyday life.
Thankfully, as a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Doppelt can help solve the problems associated with RBF by helping his patients correct the condition.
A Fix for RBF
Here are a few ways how Dr. Doppelt can easily correct RBF:
- If your resting bitch face features pursed lips that appear angry, smoothing the lips with a subtle filler like Juvederm Ultra XC can help create a pout that’s more naturally relaxed-looking.
- Botox injections can soften a permanently furrowed brow by relaxing the muscles creating the deep vertical lines between the eyebrows and restore a happy balance to the face.
- Marionette’s lines around the mouth can also contribute to resting bitch face and create a look that seems like a perpetual frown. Filling these lines with a hyaluronic acid product like Juvederm Vollure XC can eliminate these lines for up to a year while creating a look that’s youthful and happy.
If friends and colleagues ask you what’s wrong even when you haven’t a care in the world, you might have a resting bitch face. Stop the questions and let the world see how happy and confident you are even when at rest by letting a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Doppelt correct your resting bitch face with simple, non-invasive injectables. Schedule a consultation today and get ready to love the skin you’re in.