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Reading Between the [Facial] Lines

April 22, 2013

When it comes to non-verbal communication, is your facial language
leaving others lost in translation?

TORONTO, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Ever been told you look grumpy, upset or
sad – when you don’t feel that way at all? We all know with age comes
wisdom and experience, but unfortunately, age can also bring unwanted
lines and wrinkles which can often be misinterpreted as negative facial
expressions. Results from a new Canadian survey(i) show that women seem to be walking a fine line between what they mean to reveal and what their faces actually say. According to the survey,
more than a third of Canadian women say they feel that as they’ve aged
their facial expressions give off the wrong message about them to
others and these same women also report receiving more negative than positive comments from others about their looks.(ii)

“I see women in my clinic every day who complain about wrinkles on their
faces that have developed over time, particularly those between the
eyebrows,” says leading Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Vince Bertucci.
“Aging is inevitable, but we don’t want to look tired, disinterested,
angry or sad when we’re not feeling that way.”

What’s more, recent research out of South America supports the notion
that our faces may be sending out the wrong messages, and claims this
is a result of particular facial lines and wrinkles.(iii)

Breaking Down the Frown Lines
According to recent research published by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery by dermatologist Ada R. Trindade Almeida, the glabellar region – the
area between your eyebrows – is the first place to be noticed in the
facial expression. Its contraction (better known as furrowing of the
brows) is associated with negative emotions, such as impatience, anger,
and tiredness, which the individual often expresses in an unwanted
manner.(iv)

‘Wisdom’s Five Facial Foes’
Dr. Ameida’s research highlights five different facial patterns that are
associated with negative facial expressions. Based on the research, one
could suggest these symbols represent ‘Wisdom’s Five Facial Foes’ – the
top foes that are to blame for sending out inadvertent messages:

     ____________________________________________________________________
    |              |The Unwanted: "U" pattern- when at rest the lines    |
    |         U    |between the eyebrows form an arch in the shape of a  |
    |              |"U"                                                  |
    |______________|_____________________________________________________|
    |              |The Villain: "V" pattern - when at rest the lines    |
    |         V    |between the eyebrows are more horizontal or straight |
    |              |forming a wide "V" shape                             |
    |______________|_____________________________________________________|
    |              |The Opposer: "Converging arrows" -when at rest the   |
    |      |lines between the eyebrows point into each other     |
    |              |horizontally like converging arrows                  |
    |______________|_____________________________________________________|
    |         (C)    |The Greek Opponent: "Omega" - when at rest the lines |
    |              |between the eyebrows look like the Greek letter omega|
    |______________|_____________________________________________________|
    |              |The Overturned: "Inverted Omega" - when at rest the  |
    |               |lines between the eyebrows barely join resembling an |
    |              |inverted omega                                       |
    |______________|_____________________________________________________|

The “U” pattern was observed in the research to be the most frequently
seen in women and the third most common pattern in men. The “V”
pattern was the most frequently seen in men and the second most common
pattern in women. The “Inverted Omega” was the least common pattern in
both women and men.(v)

Lost in [Facial] Translation
Facial expressions are among the most universal forms of body language
and experts have studied them for centuries in attempt to decode hidden
emotions. According to leading body language expert Bina Feldman, the
looks on our faces speak more than words.

“Everyone knows that a smile can indicate approval or happiness, while a
frown can signal disapproval, anger or unhappiness, but what happens
when that frown is unintentional? In some cases, our facial expressions
reveal our true feelings but sometimes they can totally miss the mark.
While you may say that you are feeling fine, the involuntary look on
your face may tell people otherwise.”

According to the survey, Canadian women have been told they look tired
(38 per cent), stressed (13 per cent) and sad (six per cent), often
when they are not feeling that way at all.(vi)

Speaking a Whole New Language
Aging is inevitable, and unfortunately so are those unwanted lines and
inadvertent facial expressions we may give off as a result. But Dr.
Bertucci, Toronto-based dermatologist says women don’t have to hide
behind the lines.

“Women don’t want to trade in their years of accumulated wisdom, but
those lines and wrinkles that appear as we age can be bothersome. One
of the things I suggest to my patients is injectable treatments, like
botulinum toxins or facial fillers, like Juvederm.They can be used to
treat the look of creases and lines and soften expressions as one grows
older to restore facial balance and harmony.”

About the Survey
The survey was completed online from January 21st to January 30th, 2013
using Leger Marketing’s online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 867 Canadian women between the ages of 30 and 60. A
probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of
+/- 3.3%, 19 times out of 20.

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(i) The survey was completed online from January 21st to January 30th, 2013
using Leger Marketing’s online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 867
Canadian women between the ages of 30 and 60. A probability sample of
the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 3.3%, 19 times out
of 20.
(ii) Leger poll, page 29
(iii) Glabellar contraction patterns: a tool to optimize botulinum toxin
treatment, ADA R. TRINDADE DE ALMEIDA, MD,* ELISA R. M. DA COSTA
MARQUES, MD,* RAUL BANEGAS, MD,** AND BOGDANA V. KADUNC, MD, PHD, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22804914, 2012
(iv) Ibid
(v) Ibid
(vi) Leger poll, page 30

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