How to Get Rid of "Angry Look" on my Face?

I’m told over and over again “what’s wrong”. I won’t even be in a deep thought. The furrow between my eyes is the culprit. I know Botox is used to remove these furrows, but I hate the idea of going to a dermatologist every several months to get an injection. I can’t imagine fitting it into my hectic schedule. What alternatives are there for my angry-look problem?

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Frown Lines

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The optimal treatment for frown lines is BOTOX as it deals with the root problem, the overuse of the muscles causing a frown (whether it be from frowning or just thinking). Fillers can also be used for deeper frown lines, often in addition to BOTOX. Topical creams with vitamin A acid/tretinoin, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser all provide modest benefit to this area.

Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Are you angry or are your brows too low?

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There are several reasons that we can be perceived as being angry. One is brow position, another is a deep crease between the eyes, another is a downturned smile to name just a few. As a facial plastic surgeon I have patients everyday who present this concern to me, That is where my background and experience can be used to present both surgical and non-surgical options. So this a complex question and is best treated by a doctor who has who has all the "tools" avaialable to give the patient the best result. Good luck.

Robert F. Gray, MD, FACS

Robert F. Gray, MD, FACS
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon

A simple implant can permanently fix that angry look in less than 15 minutes

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Botox or Dysport ($300) work well the soften that angry look for 3-4 months but still probably require a filler as well such as Juvederm or restylane ($550) or radiesse ($650). A simple little implant can be inserted under local anesthesia in about 15 minutes and can permanently fix the problem for about $1500.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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How to get rid of "angry look" on my face?

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Botox is by far the best option for treatment of your brow furrow and should last 3-4 months. There is a surgery to remove the muscles that cause that furrow but this usually leaves the patient with a very flat affect and is not recommended.

Robert Heck, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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The angry look can come from multiple areas

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Most patients with deep furrows will also have low brows and often thick brows on the medial (inside) portion of the brow.

There are multiple ways to improve this area. It depends on what is really creating the problem:

Non surgical:

  • Pluck the medial head of the brow so it does not appear so heavy and thick
  • Decrease the bulk and action of the muscles at the area above the nose (the glabellar) with Botox
  • Fill the grove(s) at the glabellar with a filler such as Juvederm


  • Reduce or remove the muscles at the glabellar that create the furrow and fill the grove with salvaged tissue
  • A forehead lift with muscle reduction or removal
  • A brow lift with direct manipulation of the muscles.

Your next step should be to see a plastic surgeon who has the ability to help you choose between both the non and surgical options.

Dr. Mayl

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Botox best fix for angry look.

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Unfortunately, surgery to correct the frown lines (either through a brow lift or through upper eyelid surgery) does not work consistently. Many people still need Botox afterwards, maybe less.

So for this particular problem, your best bet is a Botox injection 2 or 3 times a year. It only takes a few minutes, and there is no down time.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Botox to solve angry look

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I believe that Botox injections are the easiest, safest and most consistent and predictable way to relax the muscles that crease or furrow the brow creating a tired or angry look. Often botox injections are needed even after surgical ablation of the nerves that supply these muscles as is done in a brow lift, so I would not pursue a brow lift unless your brow is truly sagging below the upper orbital bone causing heavy eyelids and droop. It is nice to consider surgical options but I am not sure when you consider all the pluses and minuses that surgery comes out ahead of simple and safe botox or dysport injections.

Botox is a quick procedure with relatively no down time

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Botox or Dysport are really the most effective treatments for strong frown lines of the glabella (central forehead between the eyebrows). Although the results are transient, the treatment takes very little time. Your alternative is removal of the corrugator muscles of the glabella, which are responsible for your deep furrows. This can be done through an incision in the eyelids or as part of a brow lift. Although a very effective treatment, the downtime for surgery is usually 2-3 weeks - much harder to fit into a hectic schedule.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Angry look for forehead

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Botox is the best, safest and simplest treatment to reduce these wrinkles in this area. Unfortunately, it's effect is not permanent. Patients vary on how often they return for treatment but typically no more frequently than 3-4 months and as far out as once a year. The negative of it's temporary nature is outweighed by the positive of ease of use, safety , no downtime, and result.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Brow furrowing

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Many people subconsciously furry their brow because this is a place they hold tension. By injecting Botox into the glabellar lines you will temporarily be unable to furrow your brow, creating a more relaxed facial expression.

Justin Harper, MD
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