Previously on this blog, we’ve discussed how the formation of fine lines and wrinkles can make women in Tennessee appear more angry or upset than they truly are. We even covered how voters may unconsciously veer away from political candidates who come off as tired or stern because of these features.

However, it isn’t just the signs of aging that can create this somewhat off-putting effect. A video that has recently gone viral on YouTube – and even made its way onto the TODAY show – documented another phenomenon: a sour resting face. This refers to men and women who appear angry or stern when they aren’t deliberately conveying any expression, and can lead others to believe they have an unpleasant disposition to match.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn discussed this issue on the show, noting that features like a down-turned mouth or a low brow can create the appearance of grumpiness or displeasure that you don’t necessarily feel.

Taylor Orci, the creator of the video that has drawn national attention to this occurrence, explained that she has always been told to smile by strangers and is intermittently asked if anything is wrong because of the frown her face takes on.

So, how can a plastic surgeon help? You may be surprised by how beneficial relatively non-invasive procedures like dermal fillers and Botox can be in diminishing some of the creases that contribute to this effect. Contact Dr. Lett and his attentive staff at the Lett Center in Lebanon to learn more about how facial injections can give you a more youthful and open look.