Regardless of the sexist notion that comes with the term "resting b*tch face," it's undeniable that there are people in the world—no matter their gender—who have that natural "don't talk to me" look on them.
And it's because of this unconscious and rather scary look that there are those who have turned to Botox and fillers to look younger, happier, and more approachable.
"This is actually a common request from patients…I get several each week," surgeon David Shafer told the New York Post with regard to the new trend of seeking the help of aesthetician for the said procedure.
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"They may not always use the words 'resting b*tch face,' but if I mention 'RBF,' they say, 'exactly,'" added Shafer, who is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in New York.
In the procedure, doctors use techniques like injecting fillers into the face and sometimes even Botox. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes to do and costs between $500 and $5,000, depending on the number of shots injected. The effects usually last for up to two years, according to the Post.
Requests for reducing the RBF look "more than doubled" over the last year, Shafer revealed. He explained that it was due to the shift of public focus from the upper to lower face "popularized by the Kardashians" and their liking for lip injections.
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The surgeon added that selfies also contribute to the popularity of the trend, as people are forced to "look down at their phone, [which] accentuates the resting b*tch face."
Specialists have different ways of giving their patients a more approachable look. For Shafer, he likes to add Botox to the jowl area called the DAO muscle so it stops the frown from forming.
"The worse the ‘b*tch face,’ the more effective the Botox," he said. "If you always look dumpy or unfriendly…people are going to react to you differently."