Can Wrinkles Make You Seem Mad? Or Even Sad?

August 23, 2013 - by

Are colleagues frequently thinking you’re upset, even when you’re not? Do your friends ask what’s worrying you—yet you haven’t a care in the world?

It’s possible that your face is sending signals that don’t match your mood. According to a recent article from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Penn State University researchers have discovered that wrinkles can change the way that others interpret your emotions. All those creases around your mouth and on your forehead can actually give you the appearance of feeling sad, depressed, or angry when you may, in fact, be feeling perfectly fine.

This is also a second study mentioned in the ASAPS article that identifies a link between appearance and emotional perception. False interpretations of your emotions can have real consequences; you may be overlooked for a promotion or thought to be depressed by your medical practitioner, for example. The article states a case for the value of cosmetic procedures to combat the early signs of aging and how they might prevent misinterpretation of your true feelings. To read more about these fascinating studies, click here.

We have many surgical and nonsurgical options to help counteract the negative effects of aging; it’s important that your face reflect your healthy emotional state. Contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Zevon.