Wrinkles Make It Harder for Younger People to Read Emotions

We all know that lines and wrinkles on the face can make us appear angry, tired, or cranky… even when we’re in a good mood. But can wrinkles make it difficult for others to tell when we are happy or sad? A new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has revealed that wrinkles can interfere with how younger people perceive the emotions of older people. On the other hand, older folks are better able to decipher the emotions behind wrinkles.

The study involved 65 young college students who were asked to view computer-generated faces of three men and three women. Some of the faces were young (19–21), while others were old (76–83). The faces were programmed to display neutral, happy, sad, and angry expressions. The participants were then asked to rate the expressions on the faces on a 1–7 scale.

The researchers found that the students were most accurate in recognizing angry expressions. However, they were rather inaccurate in judging sadness in the older faces. As well, happy older faces were perceived as showing less overall emotion than the younger faces.

The wrinkles on older faces can create confusing signals, so that facial expressions are perceived differently and less clearly. That’s why so many people choose to have procedures like brow lift, facelift, and skin resurfacing. These treatments remove the illusion of tiredness or grumpiness so that your real self can shine through.

According to the study’s lead author Dr. Ursula Hess, “the anger [in older faces] is seen as mixed with other emotions. Clearly it makes a difference whether you think someone is just angry or someone is both angry and sad.”

Interestingly, Hess says that the results would have been different if the participants had been older. As we age, we get more experience in recognizing the emotions in older faces. Other non-verbal cues, like posture, tone, and body language, are also useful to those who have learned to read them.

New Wristband Provides UV Over-Exposure Alert

When does fun in the sun become sunburn? It’s often impossible to tell that you’ve had too much sun until you’ve already been burned. But it’s more than mere discomfort – excessive UV exposure can cause sun damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, it seems that a Swedish company and Scottish university have been working on sun damage prevention in the form of disposable wristbands.

According to a recent article in the British newspaper DailyMail, sun damage prevention may soon be as easy as putting on a paper wrist strap. It works by changing color from yellow to pink as the strength of UV radiation increases. Since people with different skin types have different levels of tolerance to UV exposure, there will be a variety of different bands available. For example, for people with fair hair and light skin, the band will turn pink more quickly than it would for darker-skinned people.

“We are very excited about the UV dosimeter technology and we look forward to developing it further and commercialising it. There is a substantial need out in the market for a functional UV dosimeter and we look forward to continuing the process,” Swedish entrepreneur Claes Lindahl told the DailyMail.

“The sunburn monitor will make a significant contribution to public health as an affordable, fashionable device which enables people to enjoy the benefits of the sun while at the same time keeping them alert to the risks of over-exposure,” said a representative from the University of Strathclyde, which originally developed the device.

If you have already suffered from excess sun damage, you know that it can accelerate the signs of aging on your face and body. Fortunately, there are skin care procedures that can reverse the signs of aging caused by sun damage. One of the most popular techniques is the IPL photofacial, which can eliminate wrinkles, discoloration, and other common flaws on the skin.

Photo credit: Daily Mail

The Subtle Art of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging facial surgeries, as it combines surgical skills with sculptural artistry.

There is a subtlety in nose surgery that can often elude all but the very best surgeons. In a recent article in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, surgeon Robert L. Simons highlights some of the challenges of rhinoplasty, and outlines the 10 most important elements of his rhinoplasty philosophy.

1. “People’s Noses Aren’t Nearly as Bad as They Think”

It can be easy to overestimate the problems with the nose. Looking in the mirror, slight flaws can appear larger than they actually are.

2. “Facial Plastic Surgeons Do a Little to Achieve a Lot”

The goal of rhinoplasty is to draw attention to the overall beauty of the face. When it comes to surgery, a little can go a long way.

3. “Don’t Be Quick to Criticize — Or Revise”

After your rhinoplasty, it’s not unusual for your final results to take several months or more to appear.

4. “A Twisted Nose Defies Perfection”

Attempting to straighten a twisted nose often presents difficulties, says Dr. Simons. Many patients often retain a slight curvature of the procedure, requiring revision surgery.

5. “Rhinoplasty Defies Patterning”

When it comes to noses, a one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. Since noses come in all shapes and sizes, surgeons have to avoid falling into patterns of habit.

6. “Smiling Views Are More than Eye Candy”

How will your nose look when you smile? This is just one more factor that your surgeon will need to consider.

7. “The Base View Holds the Key”

Your surgeon will consider the appearance of your nose from a variety of different angles.

8. “Success Starts With the Consult”

The best surgical results happen when surgeons and their patients can establish solid relationships. Sometimes it takes a few extra minutes during the consultation, but the results are always worth it.

9. “Diagnosis Comes Before Technique”

There are many different techniques that plastic surgeons can use during rhinoplasty surgery. Which technique is right for you depends on your individual nose.

10. “Every Nose Deserves Five Operations”

Surgeons should always make sure that they follow up with their patients to ensure that they are satisfied with the results. Sometimes it might take revisionary treatments to get the results you want.