Angry Resting Face (aka Resting B*tch Face) has solidified it’s position in pop culture in the past 10 years and now even has a Wikipedia entry. Most recently used to describe newbie RHOC Peggy Sulahian, the moniker refers to those who continuously wear a less-than-pleased expression.

It describes the resting, unrehearsed facial expressions that some people exhibit and can be captured on photos and cause unprovoked conflict IRL. This facial expression is frequently described as being annoyed, listless, unfriendly, angry, contemptuous, and even hostile.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS), growing numbers of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are seeing patients come in and request to correct this problem as it reflects in their photographs. A full 42% of members are seeing people who are requesting facial plastic surgery to look better on social media, according its annual survey.

Fred G. Fedok, MD, President of the AAFPRS shares how to take back your candids:

“I will want to suggest things that improve the patient’s facial expression and rejuvenate the face so they look more energetic, invigorated and youthful. This includes all levels of the soft tissues of the face”, says Dr. Fedok.

Facial plastic surgeons can anatomically target those aspects of the face that may be adding to the less-than-happy expression. Techniques include raising the brows, diminishing forehead glabellar wrinkling and improving the smile using neuromodulators. The focus is on forehead muscles, glabellar muscles, the orbicularis and the depressor anguli oris muscles.

“What we realize when we are treating people with things as simple as the neuromodulators is that we may not only be changing their physical appearance,” shares Dr. Fedok. “We may actually be changing their underlying base emotional state in a more positive direction, and as some studies are suggesting we may actually be creating a long-term impact via brain plasticity of their perception of themselves and hence their interaction with the world outside themselves.”


The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck.

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