Is Botox The Answer to RBF (Resting Bitch Face)?

If you’ve been the frequent recipient of phrases like: “cheer up, it might never happen,” or “you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile?,” chances are you were fairly near the front of the line when RBF was dealt out.

Resting bitch face is a term that’s usually always given to a female (unfair, much?) whose facial expressions naturally err towards the side of unfriendly, aggravated or downright furious. The fact there’s no male equivalent is a whole different feminist debate we won’t get into, but our point is that if it bothers you and you want to do something about it, there is a certain light at the end of the tunnel.

Those of you who encounter ‘resting bitch face’ staring back at them in the mirror know just how annoying it is when you’re perfectly content, hell even happy, but your face prefers to internalize that joy rather than letting the world in on it. And yes, you could attempt an unnatural perma-smile, but frankly you’d probably end up looking more Stepford Wives than Hollywood glam.

So, what’s a gal to do when RBF turns into a real issue? Well, you either hold your head up high and be proud of your strong, confident look… Or, you turn to injectable toxins.

While droopy mouth corners are extremely difficult to correct with surgery, small injections of a neuromodulator such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin can work wonders to lift the mouth and soften your look. They work by temporarily relaxing the depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscle which is attached to the edge of the lips. More importantly, RBF Botox is a swift procedure, relatively painless and totally do-able in your lunch break.

This kind of Botox procedure is super-precise, meaning an experienced, board-certified injector is more important than ever. One false move and you could ruin your smile with an extremely unnatural-looking bottom lip. Worse still, you could end up with impaired motion. Not worth it.

It’s also worth remembering that just a few units of Botox should be more than sufficient to effectively treat RBF. As with misplacement, an excessive amount can lead to all manner of unwanted changes to your speech and appearance, so stick with no more than five units of Botox or Xeomin, or around 10-15 units of Dysport.

Smile and the whole world smiles with you, right? 😉