I don’t like looking sad!

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I don’t like looking sad!

Like tiredness, looking sad is not always related to feeling sad. Our facial expressions are used to communicate and to signal our mood, but often what our faces express aren’t really what we mean, especially as we age. There are several signs of ‘sadness’ in our faces and these include:

  • the position of the eyebrows and over-activity of the frown muscles
  • over-expressive forehead lines that can make someone look worried or anxious
  • drooping of the corners of the eyes (known as a ‘lateral canthal tilt’)
  • drooping of the corners of the mouth leading to what looks like a sad expression
  • an overactive chin muscle leading to what is described as a ‘cry baby’ expression

What makes me look sad?

Ageing causes our faces to lose tone and sag. The structural effect of this is that our faces start to look sadder as the corners of the eyes and mouth tend to droop over time. Psychologically, we can start to feel sad because we look sad.

To further compound this, the muscles of the lower face and around the mouth tend to get stronger due to gravity, whilst the ones that pull upwards (like the smile muscles) weaken. This leads to a net down-pulling of the face, leading to a ‘sad’ mouth shape and can further accentuate the marionette lines and jowls.

Can injectable treatments make me look happier?

Kingswood Aesthetics work through each of the signs of sadness by improving the overall message of the face. Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to soften the overall strength of the muscles.

Structural support can be improved with dermal fillers within the face and for softening the signs of sadness. Cheek, eyebrow, or temple fillers will reduce the look of a drooping corner of the eye and add support to the eyebrows. Then depending on severity, filler in the lower face can support drooping of the corners of the mouth with lateral cheek or face filler to reduce the sagging further, followed by filler around the mouth and lip to restore shape and volume.

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