As if looking old wasn’t bad enough, a new study found that people find it difficult to read the emotions of individuals who have wrinkly faces. Researchers at Penn State University asked a group of study participants to examine 64 faces and rate them based on the emotions they perceived in the images. On average, pictures depicting older adults were rated as more angry or sad compared to the photos of younger people, despite the fact that every face photographed showed neutral emotions.
At Dr. Mark Bishara‘s office we provide a wide range of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best. These procedures are designed to improve the appearance of the face through minimally invasive techniques that provide highly effective results.
Why the Long Face?
The issue may be due to the fact that creases around the mouth and forehead may cause people to look as though they’re frowning or upset. There needs to be more research conducted to verify their findings, but they believe the results of the study are not due to stereotypes people may have about the emotional well-being of older adults.
This is not the first study to examine the link between wrinkles and emotional perception. A previous study conducted by researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin found that younger people had a hard time judging the faces of older adults, and often perceived them to have more “mixed emotions” than similar images of younger people.
An Argument for Plastic Surgery
This study goes to show that people who seek out plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts or Botox injections and facial fillers, aren’t doing so simply out of vanity. There are real issues associated with early signs of aging. Researchers pointed out that the issue underscored in this most recent study could put older adults at a disadvantage at the doctor’s office, for instance, as medical practitioners may falsely assume that seniors are experiencing sadness or depression.
Fortunately, there are many treatments that Dr. Bishara offers that can help treat wrinkles on the face and neck. Many of these procedures can be combined in order to achieve your desired appearance. While facelifts may be the most well-known, others may choose to target the skin hanging down under the chin by undergoing a neck lift. Also, Botox injections can treat wrinkles before they begin to form, while facial fillers can add volume and fill in deep creases around the eyes, mouth and forehead.  Our Paragon Skin Clinic offers many other skin treatments that can fight the signs of aging and help skin show a more youthful apperance, including fotofacials, Laser 360 and laser skin resurfacing.
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