Recent global news stories have focused on a woman who decided to not smile or show much of any expression for 40 years in an effort to keep her face unlined and wrinkle-free. She calls the method more natural than Botox®, and she’s not alone. A February article in the Daily Mail carried interviews with several women who have opted to practice near-24-hour poker faces as opposed to developing facial lines—and then combating those lines with an injectable.
While avoiding smiling, frowning, or making any expressions that could contribute to lasting facial changes may technically work—at least for the women interviewed—critics of the method pointed out that smiling, furrowing brows, and other facial cues are important to other people’s perceptions of us. Think of what others would think if you didn’t react to bad news with a concerned expression or happy news with a smile.
Women and men alike who want to maintain a youthful appearance don’t have to walk around with a permanently blank face. Dermatologist Dr. Derek Jones, who offers Botox® in the Los Angeles area, is an injectable expert, and he encourages people who have questions about Botox® to ask him about the prescription cosmetic’s ease of use, its record of safety, and even the way it targets only certain muscles, reducing the appearance of lines while still allowing for a range of expressions.
An injection session of Botox® in Beverly Hills lasts only minutes, and, when delivered by an expert like Dermatologist Dr. Derek Jones, is a safe and effective alternative to never showing expression. The subject of the Daily Mail article said she hasn’t laughed or smiled since she was a teenager—not even at the birth of her daughter—which some people rightly feel is an extreme stance with negative real-world consequences.
Smile all you want. Frown away, if frowning is called for. Then, if you want to do something about any lines or wrinkles that have developed, contact Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills to learn more about Botox® and other injectables. Call 310-246-0495 or request a consultation to see what Botox® in the Los Angeles area could do for you.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.