Facelift Exercises

Facelift Exercises: Are They An Effective Way to Restore a Youthful Visage

Most people dream of having smooth, taut facial skin without undergoing complicated or invasive procedures. Recently, people have been paying a lot of attention to the idea of facial exercises to maintain the skin flexibility they want. Although facelift exercises have been around for a while, the results remain unclear. Do facial exercises to tighten skin actually work? 

5 Quick and Easy Facelift Exercises

There are several popular facelift exercises. Each one helps you target the areas you wish to improve. 

1. Brow Raiser

If you worry about your eyebrows beginning to droop, the brow raiser is one of the best facial exercises to try. Put your index and middle finger in a closed peace sign to perform it, and place your fingernails on your brows. Push the skin gently down. Lift your brows up and down 10 times. Repeat the process six times. 

2. Cheek Squeeze

For those who struggle with full cheeks and want a slimmer face, one exercise to consider is the cheek squeeze. To do it, tilt your head back and push your chin out. Suck your cheeks in as much as possible and hold the position for about five seconds. Try about 10 to 15 repetitions. 

3. Puffer Fish Press

Nasolabial folds, which appear around your nose and mouth, can be frustrating. The puffer fish press is an exercise that claims to help with this issue.

Close your mouth and puff out your cheeks before moving air from one cheek to the other. Keep doing this for about 30 seconds. 

4. Jaw Flex

If you’ve always dreamed of having a toned jawline, this facial exercise might offer the chance to achieve that. Begin by tilting your head back to look up at the ceiling. Raise your bottom lip over your upper lip. You will feel the stretch of the muscles near your ears. Hold the position for about 15 seconds and repeat it 10 to 15 times. 

5. Forehead Smoother

The forehead smoother exercise might tighten the skin so wrinkles will have a harder time developing. First, frown as hard as possible and attempt to bring your eyebrows together. Then, lift your eyebrows as high as possible while opening your eyes widely. Repeat this five times. 

Do Facelift Exercises Work?

Despite their popularity, there’s no clear evidence that even the best face exercises work. They may offer some results when you start doing them, but they don’t make a huge difference in the long run because they don’t impact the root cause of wrinkles or skin laxity. You won’t see much difference if you look at facial exercises before and after pictures.  

People assume that performing cheek exercises can slim them. While exercises — even simple ones involving your cheeks— burn calories, they don’t necessarily help you change the areas you want. This concept is called spot reduction, and it doesn’t work in other areas of the body, either. 

Many times, overworking your facial muscles to achieve wrinkle reduction might have the opposite effect. Your skin is flexible, so moving the facial muscles beneath it will pull on the skin and stretch it, not tighten it. 

Consider how wrinkles form in the first place. Dynamic wrinkles, like smile or frown lines, appear because of excess facial muscle motion. Once your collagen and elastin production levels decrease, your skin is no longer as flexible as it was, so it can’t bounce back to its original location as quickly as it once did. 

Face-lifting exercises just exacerbate that problem. That’s why so many people turn to options like neuromodulators, which prevent the muscles from moving so that the wrinkles no longer show. 

Furthermore, performing facial exercises after facelift procedures is not a good option because you are just harming the results by letting the skin begin to stretch again. If you’re unsure about doing a facial exercise after facelift procedures, it is best not to do them. 

The Ultimate Solution: Facelift Surgery

Before starting facial exercises or any new beauty routine, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist to ensure that they are safe and appropriate for your specific needs. Additionally, it’s critical to manage expectations, as the results of facial exercises can vary, and they may provide a different level of improvement than surgical or medical treatments for specific facial concerns.

The only surefire way to get rid of pockets of fat on your cheeks, wrinkles, and sagging skin is to have facelift surgery. As much as facial exercises may promise, they can’t compete with the facelift results. There are different types of facelift surgeries, each with varying levels of invasiveness, so finding the right procedure for you is easier than you may realize.  

At Wave Plastic Surgery, we offer an endoscopic mid-facelift that targets the area below your eyelids and down to your mouth. This type of facelift focuses on returning the curves and natural look of your cheeks. We reposition the tissues and fix them so they reattach to the bone. To do this, we rely on the Endotine device, which offers a natural look. 

We also provide a Wave Lift or endoscopic facelift as an alternative treatment. The Wave Lift is minimally invasive, targeting muscles that have lost their firmness and pockets of excess fat on your face. For the procedure, we use tiny cameras that allow us to see under your skin and only require minimal incisions. The Wave Lift tightens the muscles without pulling or removing excess skin to give you a smoother look. 

We also offer the SMAS Face & Neck Lift, which provides an extended facelift. Not only does it offer treatment for the lower areas of your face, but it also targets your forehead and eyelids. This layer of tissue and muscle runs from your ears to your neck and is responsible for much of the shifting as you age. 

By lifting this collection of tissues and muscles with an SMAS Face & Neck Lift, we address all of the problem areas at the same time. We can remove excess tissue, reposition muscles, and reinforce facial structures. The High SMAS procedure lifts the cheeks and jowls, while the Extended SMAS procedure focuses on the jawline and neck. You can combine these two options. 

At Wave Plastic Surgery, we also provide the Curelift S, a mini-facelift that tightens the jawline. We can perform it with IV sedation because it’s less invasive than other options. The Curelift S is a good choice if you’d like to ensure your underlying facial structures return to their original positions. 

We provide the Curelift XL as well. This minimally invasive option targets the face and neck; we perform it only with local anesthetics. It’s an exclusive option we offer at Wave Plastic Surgery. 

When you turn to us, we will carefully help you select the option that best suits your needs while ensuring you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We are always here to answer questions about the various facelift options we offer and to guide you through the entire process. 

Schedule a Consultation at Wave Plastic Surgery

Getting your face to look like it did during your youth is challenging and requires more than facial exercises. For most people, the best and longest-lasting solution is to turn to facelifts. Facelifts reach through the layers of skin and tissues to adjust the facial structure to get reliable results that look natural. 

At Wave Plastic Surgery, we know how tough it can be to see wrinkles and sagging skin every time you look in the mirror. We also understand that going through major surgery is not a simple decision, so we offer various facelift options, including endoscopic procedures that don’t require you to go under full anesthesia. 

If you want to see a younger-looking you in the mirror, forget about facial exercises and turn to us for help. Schedule your consultation at Wave Plastic Surgery today and explore the transformative possibilities of facelift surgery

Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Dr. Peter Lee, MD, FACS, Founder, CEO and Chief Surgeon of WAVE Plastic Surgery Center and Advanced Endotine Bioskills surgeon educator and trainer, is a top Los Angeles board-certified Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgeon. Dr. Peter Lee is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Drawing patients from around the world, he is both an innovator and thought leader who has advanced the discipline of plastic surgery through his lifelong commitment to excellence and education. In addition to being bilingual in English and Korean, Dr. Lee has mentored and trained master surgeons in South Korea, China and other Asian countries in state-of-the-art techniques and scientific advancements in the field.

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