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What in the world is a resting zoom face?
Skin Institute
September 22, 2020

Chances are, the rise in online meetings have contributed to what many are calling the cosmetic “zoom boom”. Deemed our new normal, our own concerns have been echoed by many clients who have reported being triggered by their “resting Zoom faces”, as video calling has become part of our changing landscape.

We aren’t familiar with watching our faces express and those things can really show up a frown line or those pesky lines around our lips when we purse.  Frankly speaking, we aren’t used to seeing our own faces in action. You catch a look at yourself on the Zoom and think, ‘gosh, is that how stern I look?’  Most of these video call-related concerns could be solved with procedures like Botox® to the frown line, or fillers around the mouth.

Male patients are on the rise as most guys will just look at themselves in the morning to brush their teeth and that’s about it. But with these Zoom meetings, men are noticing things on their faces that they would like corrected.  This has contributed to an upward trend of men wanting Botox® procedures. We approach this treatment differently, to retain a more masculine look and give other slight aesthetic results.

It’s all an illusion

Before you seek professional help, there are a few tricks people can try to improve their “resting Zoom face”. Storing these little tools up your sleeve can make a huge difference.

  • Consider propping your laptop up high, so you are looking up – this provides a more flattering view which tightens the jawline and lifts the cheeks.
  • Position yourself so the light is directly on your face, rather than from above, which can cast shadows and undesirable outcomes.
  • For a more low key approach to treatments, consider starting with a simple skincare regime. Prevention is the best strategy for aging skins and applying sun protection everyday will help prevent, repair and maintain good skin health.

What’s on the menu and what’s most requested?

Botox and fillers

Botox® is one of our most common appearance-medicine treatments, and for many men and women, it’s as routine as getting a manicure or haircut.

New Zealanders have been using Botox® to reduce the appearance of wrinkles since 1997. But the results look a lot different these days – they’re far more natural looking. That’s down to improved product knowledge, refined techniques and patient preference.

More and more people are using Botox® as more than just a wrinkle-freezing tool. For example, we can use it to shape brows and lift heavier upper eyelid skin, creating a more open eye and a refreshed look.

Belkyra chin fat-dissolving injections

These injections are specifically to reduce the appearance of a double chin. The injections are strategically placed to sculpt natural contours. Fat cells are permanently destroyed and then absorbed by your body over the following six to eight weeks.

Large-volume dermal filler treatments

These large-volume dermal fillers support your entire face. Rather than an unnatural plumping of lips and cheeks, it’s secret support for the temples, chin and jawline that reduces the signs of aging. You’ll usually need three to four sessions, with three to four syringes applied each time.

The results are dramatic but natural-looking, because the dermal filler works with the natural movement of muscles.


Minimally invasive and simple to insert, threads help to lift the face and sharpen the jawline. Because they stimulate new collagen, threads will naturally tighten your skin, helping to reduce any facial sagging with the added bonus of being dissolvable, making them safer and more effective.

Planning where the threads are best inserted is an art form in itself – Dr Pier Marzinotto, cosmetic doctor from Skin Institute, is NZ’s leading expert.


BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Ask your specialist about the benefits and risks of using Botox and whether Botox is right for you. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your health professional. You will need to pay for Botox. Botox has benefits and risks. Always follow your specialist’s instructions. For more information refer to the Consumer Medicine Information for Botox at www.medsafe.govt.nz
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Allergan New Zealand Ltd, PO Box 1873, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Unsure where to start?

We understand that everyone has different skin and different concerns, so our dedicated specialists take the time to get to know you and your skin, and recommendations will be customised to suit you. We’ll advise a carefully tailored treatment for your skin, helping you take control of your skin’s appearance and empower yourself to look great and feel confident.



At Skin Institute, we begin any treatment with a consultation. We’ll analyse your particular needs and the results you’re looking for, before recommending a treatment to help you look and feel your best.