WOMEN are getting Botox and fillers to cure their “resting b****” in a bizarre new surgery trend.
Dr. David Shafer, New York based plastic surgeon said that procedures to help a natural “sourpuss” expression are becoming increasingly in demand.
“This is actually a common request from patients — I get several each week,” says Dr. David Shafer, a double board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Midtown.
“They may not always use the words ‘resting b**** face,’ but if I mention ‘RBF,’ they say, ‘exactly.’”
To achieve the look, doctors use techniques such as the injection of fillers into the face and sometimes Botox, medical experts said.
The procedure takes about 10 to 20 minutes, costs between £400-4,000, with top docs, depending on the number of shots. It typically lasts up to two years.
One such woman to invest in the treatment was Hope Davis who said she was unaware of her natural expression until her pals uploaded a batch of unflattering photos to Facebook and Instagram.
“I was like, ‘Oh great, I look mad in the middle of the party,’ ” says the 42-year-old from New Jersey, “I looked like a sourpuss.”
Davis, whose job as a medical equipment sales associate depends on her appearing approachable, turned to a plastic surgeon.
Davis told Shafer she “didn’t want a ‘Joker’ smile,” but a “pleasant resting look.”
Although the term RBF entered the cultural lexicon about six years ago, requests for the procedure “more than doubled” over the last year, says Shafer.
It’s because of a public shift in focus from the upper to lower face — “popularized by the Kardashians,” he says, and their affinity for lip injections.
He says selfies are also a factor: They force people to “look down at their phone, [which] accentuates the resting b**** face.”
A tiny bit of bruising and swelling can occur near the mouth and lips, but “it’s barely noticeable,” says Davis, who had the procedure done Sept. 4.
“Nobody can quite put their finger on it, but they notice something’s different,” says Davis. “People have definitely complimented me saying, ‘Oh you look so pretty and cute today.’ ”
That makes sense to plastic surgeon Dr. Melissa Doft.
‘The worse the ‘b*** face,’ the more effective the Botox.’
“People gravitate to women who they perceive as happy,” she says.
Doft said she injects fillers into their marionette lines — from the lip’s corners to the jawline — and underneath their lips to plump and re-angle their mouths.
The needles contain hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Vollure, which combines with water and expands into a gel that helps replace lost volume, replace lost volume contour the soft tissue and support the lips.
It helps “make [patients] look less sad” she said.
Every specialist has a different technique, but Shafer also likes to add Botox to the jowl area, called the DAO muscle, to freeze the frown in its tracks.
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“The worse the ‘b**** face,’ the more effective the Botox,” says Shafer. “If you always look dumpy, or unfriendly … people are going to react to you differently.”
This article was originally published in the New York Post and has been republished with permission.
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