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Emotions ….

Why is it important to have emotion in your face after your aesthetic treatments?


The first interactions we have with other humans involve the face. As babies, we learn to read other people’s emotions by their facial expressions – it’s a huge part of human communication and it’s universal to all societies.

The first scientist to suggest this theory was Charles Darwin. Then, in the 1960s, Silvan Tomkins carried out a study which showed that facial expressions are associated with certain states of emotion. In fact, people who are blind from birth use the same expressions as sighted people, and the same expressions have been seen in other primates, especially chimpanzees.

So, an ability to have these expressions of emotion is an important part of the way we show each other how we’re feeling and read how other people are feeling.


What are the 8 main types of facial expression?

Happiness – Smiling, raised cheeks, the eyelids narrow slightly and you can see fine laughter lines at the corner of the eye. The lower eyelids are tense. If someone doesn’t see these signs, they feel the smile is fake or ‘polite’.


Sadness – The eyebrows are drawn in and raised, the corners of the lips are turned down. This expression is the hardest to fake.


Contempt – One corner of the mouth rises, there is a half-smile which looks like a sneer.


Disgust – The eyebrows are pulled down but the lower eyelid is raised. The eyes narrow. The cheeks are raised, the nose is scrunched, and the upper lip is raised or curled upwards.


Surprise – There are raised, curved eyebrows, and the forehead skin shows fine horizontal lines. The eyes are wide open and the jaw is slightly open.


Fear – There are raised, flat eyebrows with fine lines between the brows, the upper and lower eyelids are raised and tensed, the lips are drawn back, and the nostrils may be flared.


Anger – There are lowered brows which are drawn together, vertical lines between the brows, tense lower eyelids, flared nostrils, and the mouth is clamped shut with the corners down or open in a square shape.


How can some aesthetic treatments affect these expressions?

If some treatments are administered too often, or in too many injection sites, they can give a person a ‘frozen’ look where the face does not express these important emotional signals. The muscles in key areas such as the forehead can be so relaxed by anti-wrinkle injections that they cannot move to show emotion.

Dermal fillers, if used incorrectly, can also cause issues with facial movement – if too much dermal filler is injected, or injections are administered into the wrong place by an inexperienced practitioner, they can hamper the working of your facial muscles, causing distortion.

Without these important emotional cues in day to day life, people can misinterpret how you maybe feeling which can have a negative and profound impact on your work and personal life.


How can you ensure you can still show emotions?

Choose the right experienced practitioner and listen to their advice about your treatments. Having a nurse, doctor, or dentist carry out the injections is important because we understand the musculature structure of the face and how they impact on the skin and moreover, we are able to assess a patient holistically.

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