EFFECTSociety assigns our status based on the language of our faces. Essentially, we make judgments based on the beauty, pleasantness and vitality of facial features and expressions. As our facial outlines change, our base expressions can be misinterpreted or viewed negatively, leading to indifference, and even discrimination. After restoration of facial fitness through certain surgical techniques, multiple patients in Dr. Drehsen’s practice noted an increase in positive social responses — this led to a recently published study into the phenomenon he calls the Emoticon Effect.
Download The Happy Emoticon Effect
Featured in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Christian Drehsen’s peer-reviewed study measures the social impact of specific facial rejuvenations. Learn how contours in our faces communicate social signals to people around us. The paper also describes advanced restorative plastic surgery techniques.
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Before & After
When looking at a face, we scan the direction of a few facial lines known as “vectors.” We interpret the vectors as a means of perceiving universal human emotions. Note how you respond to the neutral, base facial expressions in these before and after photos. Often, we have a positive response to the open, vertical vectors viewed in the “after” photo, and a negative response to the frowny, downward vectors evident in the “before” photos. This human behavior transcends culture, age, and language.
What Does Your Base Expression Say?
The scientific presentation explains how a few facial “vectors” convey our social signals, almost akin to the emoticons we use on our phones and computers. The results demonstrated that improved facial vectors in a randomized sample of patients led to a positive social response — the Happy Emoticon Effect. This understanding provides support for Dr. Drehsen’s new, simplified approach to facial rejuvenation.
FACIAL FITNESS RESTORATION
The study featured a combination of facial rejuvenation techniques, geared towards restoring “facial fitness” rather than imitating youthful looks. Included was the Refresher Lift — a technique conceived and refined by Christian Drehsen, MD.
The simplified, whole-face approach is demonstrably superior to the distorting and unnatural results offered by nip/tuck and “quick lift” procedures, and the quasi-technical cosmetic procedures available on the market.
INCREASED SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
The increased social acceptance our patients experienced following the rejuvenation procedures led to the coining of the term, Emoticon Effect, and the subsequent study recently featured in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.
Meet The Doctor
Dr. Christian Drehsen has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years, and is one of Florida’s most renowned and respected surgeons. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Drehsen has an impeccable eye for beauty and keen sense of balance and symmetry.